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What's new

The December 2017 update includes a more flexible user experience and other improvements throughout the site.

User experience

  • If you have an organizational account, you can specify the page that appears each time you sign in to the site. For example, set your start page to Gallery to go directly to the gallery page after signing in.
  • Administrators can now make web apps available to organization members by adding the apps to the app launcher. Members can personalize their view of the app launcher by changing the order in which apps are displayed.
  • Items can now be designated as either authoritative or deprecated. This makes it easier for others to find authoritative items while discouraging the use of items that are out of date. Items designated as authoritative are identified to members of the organization with an Authoritative badge on the item page. Those marked as deprecated are identified to all users with a Deprecated badge. Members can use the new Status filter to find content marked as authoritative or deprecated when they browse or search for content in their organization. Organization members can also limit searches to only layers marked as authoritative when adding layers using the Search for Layers option in Map Viewer.
  • A new status bar and interactive checklist on item pages help item owners and administrators track and improve item information, making it easier for others to find, understand, and use their items.
  • You can do more with ArcGIS Online from your mobile device. Open layers in Map Viewer using the new open link on the layer's item page. Sign in with your enterprise or social network credentials and get help with your password and user name.

Spatial analytics

  • Insights for ArcGIS allows you to perform iterative and exploratory data analysis. A new online version is available for ArcGIS Online. For more information, see the Insights for ArcGIS help.
  • A new Find Centroids tool allows you to find the geometric center of multipoint, line, or area features.
  • Aggregate Points and Summarize Within have a new option to generate custom square or hexagon bins instead of summarizing your data within an input area layer.

Mapping & visualization

  • You can now update the URL of layers in your map from HTTP to HTTPS, or from a staging version of the layers to a production version of the layers. This is done through the map's item page.
  • A new firefly symbol set is available.
  • You can now add GeoJSON files to your map.
  • Arrows are now available to indicate direction when styling line features.
  • You can now use geometric operations in Arcade expressions defined for smart mapping styles, labeling, and pop-ups. Use advanced functions to normalize by area, test spatial relationships, compute distances between defined areas, and more.


  • You can now measure distances in 3D between two points in Scene Viewer. This new interactive tool lets you calculate the direct and vertical distances, choose different units, and leverage laser lines to guide your measurements.
  • Scene layer performance has significantly improved in this release. Buildings and integrated mesh scene layers now load up to 50 percent faster and follow front-to-back display order.
  • Place custom 3D symbols in your scenes with Scene Viewer. You can add 3D symbols such as desks and furniture, valves, or fire hydrants published from ArcGIS Pro to your organization.
  • Other enhancements in Scene Viewer include marketplace subscription content and experimental mobile support.
  • For more information, see the What's new in Scene Viewer blog.

Data collection & management


  • Organizations can now configure custom web styles for Scene Viewer.
  • Custom roles include the privilege to link to enterprise groups. To take advantage of the new privilege in existing custom roles, edit the role, add in the new privilege, and save the role.
  • Members with level 1 accounts can now be granted the privilege to join external groups.
  • Members who have the privilege to update member account information can now also reset passwords for other members. Resetting passwords is no longer a privilege reserved for default administrators.
  • A new setting allows administrators to prevent all ArcGIS Pro licenses in the organization from being taken offline.
  • The invitation process has been improved. You can now enable Esri access when inviting and adding members.
  • A new setting gives organizations the option of creating groups whose membership is controlled by SAML-based enterprise groups.

Living Atlas content

  • Version 2 of Esri Vector Basemaps is now available with additional Esri Community Maps content and style refinements. To take advantage of these and future enhancements, update your maps and apps to use Esri Vector Basemaps version 2. For more information, see the Vector Basemaps blog posts.
  • The World Imagery basemap has been updated with additional sets of DigitalGlobe imagery for several countries, including submeter resolution Basemap +Vivid imagery for Australia and the United States. In addition, submeter resolution Basemap +Metro imagery has been published for a few hundred additional cities around the world.
  • Updates have been made to the demographic maps for Germany and several other countries. The demographic maps now feature the latest demographic data for Germany from Nexiga. In addition, updates have been released for several other countries using the latest Michael Bauer Research demographic data.
  • Detailed local boundaries, based on authoritative data from national government sources, have been published for Austria, Canada, and Germany. These boundary layers can be used for visualization and analysis in ArcGIS Online.
  • For the latest information, see the ArcGIS Online blog posts.

App builders

App builders have been updated with the following enhancements:

  • AppStudio for ArcGIS released major enhancements across the board, including improved UI for its desktop tools and additional features in its templates. AppStudio now uses Qt 5.9.1 and supports ArcGIS Runtime 100.1. For more information, see What's new in AppStudio for ArcGIS.
  • The configuration pane in configurable apps has improved validation. For more information, see the configurable apps blog posts.
  • Story Maps continues its commitment to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 with additional accessibility improvements to Story Map Journal. You can now specify alternative text for your story's media, new heading tags and landmarks provide better semantic structure for assistive technologies, and further improvements have been made to the keyboard navigation controls added in the September 2017 update. For more information, see the Story Maps blog posts.
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS has two new widgets and several enhancements to existing widgets. The new Cost Analysis widget (beta) allows you to sketch a proposed design and get an estimated cost of the project. Use the new Public Notification widget to identify a collection of properties and create mailing labels for the owners or occupants. End users can now build their own filter expressions with Filter. Filter expressions now support relative dates such as today and last week. Infographic has eight new templates and now supports custom colors. Other widget enhancements include support for local KML in Add Data, layer visibility in Bookmark, and saving all edits to attributes with one commit in Edit. For more information, see What's new in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.

Apps for the field

Apps for the field have made numerous enhancements since the previous ArcGIS Online update including the following:

  • Collector for ArcGIS has updated since the last ArcGIS Online release. Trimble Catalyst is supported on Android, allowing you to use Trimble's new subscription-based software GNSS receiver capable of collecting centimeter accuracy. For organizations that require their accuracy be calculated using a 95 percent confidence interval, you can require the same in Collector. Collector's custom URL scheme lets you include information to start a collection when launching Collector. For more information, see What's new in Collector for ArcGIS.
  • Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS now supports authoring dashboards in the browser. Configure highly interactive dashboards composed of charts, gauges, maps, and other visual elements. Use better maps, with support for smart mapping, stream layers, and labels. Create powerful layouts with grouping and stacking. Get revamped data visualizations and improved date-based filtering. Manage your dashboards in the dashboard home page. For more information, see Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.
  • Survey123 for ArcGIS has had an incremental release since the last ArcGIS Online update. Changes to publishing in Survey123 Connect include the ability to add fields to an existing feature service, disable the Sent box, and ensure fields are created in the feature service for note questions. Camera zoom has been added to capture images in the field app, and bar code scanning defaults have been improved. The Survey123 website has been partially redesigned to provide a more intuitive, user-friendly experience. The website now includes support for modifying field names, the ability to delete a survey without deleting the associated feature service, and support for nested repeats and groups, as well as having improved performance for custom reports. For more information, see What's new in Survey123 for ArcGIS.
  • Workforce for ArcGIS released an update focused on enhancing communication: between Workforce and other apps, and between dispatchers and mobile workers. You can configure your Workforce project so that information provided in the assignment can be passed to Collector for ArcGIS or Survey123 for ArcGIS when launching those apps through Workforce. With 17.0.1, mobile workers can add attachments while they are working in the field, and dispatchers can access those attachments through the website. Dispatchers now see the date an assignment last changed state, showing how recently assignments have progressed. And project owners have better ways to identify project members who are no longer part of the organization, keeping the right people in communication. For more information, see What's new in Workforce for ArcGIS.

Apps for the office

Some apps for the office have been updated. Here are some highlights:

  • ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App now allows you to set validation on location attributes; for example, users can set up that building areas must be between 10,000 and 50,000 square feet and use this validation on Business Analyst Mobile App. There's a new Executive summary infographic template, ability to use maps in custom reports, and enhancements throughout the app. For more information, see the ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App help.
  • Sign in to ArcGIS Online using your enterprise login, or use your email address to access ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud as an anonymous user. Anonymous users have access to all public content hosted on ArcGIS Online. You now also have more control over the use of layers: manage labels to improve the overall appearance of your map and add or modify existing filters (definition queries) to refine what data is visible, based on attribute queries. New large-scale vector content for the United States and the world is available, and you can now download CSV and TXT file data into the compilation window. For more information, see the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud help.
  • ArcGIS Maps for Power BI introduces the new Plus subscription feature. Upgrading to a paid monthly Plus subscription allows you to add enhanced content and capabilities, including higher geocoding limits, more basemaps, global demographics, and access to Esri Living Atlas maps and layers to use as reference layers. For more information, see the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI help.
  • Drone2Map for ArcGIS has been updated with new features and performance improvements. The latest release adds the ability to create compressed zLAS point clouds, rolling shutter correction, GCP photo support, Integrated Windows Authentication, and flight altitude adjustment tools. For more information, see the Drone2Map for ArcGIS help.

Other enhancements

  • ArcGIS Runtime app developers can now prepare map areas ahead of time for offline use. This provides a faster and more streamlined offline experience.
  • Slovenian language is now supported in the website.