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What's new

The September 2018 update includes new analysis tools and enhancements throughout the site.

Spatial analytics

  • The Summarize Center and Dispersion tool measures the distribution of a set of features, calculating characteristics such as the center or compactness and orientation. This tool can be used to track changes in distribution over time or compare distributions of different features.
  • The Find Point Clusters tool locates clusters of point features in surrounding noise based on their spatial distribution. This tool detects areas where points or events are concentrated and where they are separated by areas that are empty or sparse.
  • The Find Existing Locations and Derive New Locations tools can now use the spatial relationship nearest to to find the features that are closest to features in another layer.
  • Results from the Join Features tool can now be created as a hosted feature layer view for all attribute joins, including one to many relationships. There are also new choices to define matching records in one to one relationships using an expression on a numeric field or a date field.


  • You can now navigate scenes with gamepad and 3D mouse devices in Scene Viewer. Use these tools to intuitively view and explore features, such as buildings and 3D models, underground assets, or interior rooms and corridors.
  • Find features in scenes more easily by searching for layer attributes, such as names or IDs. You can now configure layers in scenes to allow viewers to search for and zoom to specific features in a layer. For example, you can enter the name of a hotel conference room, and Scene Viewer navigates to the room, highlights it, and displays a pop-up about the space.

Mapping and visualization

The Local Government, State Government, and National Park Service symbol sets in Map Viewer have been updated.

Data management

Living Atlas content

  • The World Imagery basemap has been updated with the latest DigitalGlobe Basemap +Vivid imagery for several countries and the latest DigitalGlobe Basemap +Metro imagery for many cities around the world. The Wayback imagery archive (beta) has been expanded since the June 2018 update with additional releases of World Imagery layers.
  • Demographic maps for Canada have been updated with data from Environics. Several countries now use the latest Michael Bauer Research (MBR) demographic data. For more information, see What's new in Esri Demographics.
  • For the latest information, see the Living Atlas blog articles.


Administrators can download an audit log of activity with information about changes to the organization and its members, groups, and content.

Insights for ArcGIS

Insights for ArcGIS 3.0 includes updates that allow your interactive presentations to include more context and branding. You can now use your organization's colors, logos, and options for communicating your narrative with shared analysis results. Also, Insights now supports public sharing of pages, new link analysis capabilities, a predefined filter widget, KPI card, and more. For more information, see What's new in Insights.

ArcGIS Companion

ArcGIS Companion has added more features and enhancements since the previous ArcGIS Online update. Some highlights include browsing content by folder and tags; editing item details, including tags, delete protection, and authoritative and deprecated status; filtering and sorting member search results in the organization or groups; and managing group membership requests. Administrators can now use Companion to add and invite new members and view credit usage in the organization over the previous 30 days and 24 hours. For more information, see What's new in ArcGIS Companion.

App builders

App builders have been updated with the following enhancements:

  • AppStudio for ArcGIS 3.1 is a major release that has updated dependencies: ArcGIS Runtime 100.3, Qt 5.11.1. AppStudio Player has been redesigned and has received major UI and UX updates. The UI for the Settings tool in AppStudio also has been updated. The template apps have many new features, improvements, and fixes. The Map Viewer template in AppStudio now has support for offline geosearch. The Quick Report template now allows attaching HEIC images on iOS devices. For more information, see What's new in AppStudio for ArcGIS.
  • The ArcGIS Online update includes new configurable apps in the Esri default app gallery. Display a collection of layers with the new Layer Showcase (beta) app. Users can explore layer-based content from a group, view layers in a map or scene, and create a map or scene based on the layers in the app. Use Image Visit to review the attributes of a predetermined sequence of locations in imagery. Scene with Inset Map allows you to include an inset map with your web scene to help orient users. You can also present 2D and 3D views side by side or stacked. Image Visit and Scene with Inset Map have moved out of the Early Adopter Template group.
  • The Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS update includes improved support for local time zones, better handling of actions during dashboard loading, and many new configuration options for charts and other visualizations. For more information, see What's new in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS introduces a new Pocket theme designed for apps embedded in websites, story maps, or other locations with surrounding context, where only one widget is supported in a panel positioned on the left or the right. In addition, multiple widgets have been improved. You can now find layers by typing a keyword in Layer List, use Search to support typing coordinates in the search box to locate a place on the map, set dynamic maximum and minimum values dependent on data configured in Extra Data source for the gauge in Infographic, and hide or customize filter labels in Query. With 3D Daylight, you can now choose a date to reflect the sun’s position at different times. For more information, see What's new in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.

Apps for the field

Survey123 for ArcGIS has had a major release since the previous ArcGIS Online update. The website and field app now support Webhooks, enabling workflow automation and application integration. Nested repeats are now supported in the field app, as well as geosearch and geocoding functionality on geopoint questions. New group and file upload question types have been added to the web designer and the web app. Additionally, a new filtering option has been added to the website on the Data tab, and enhancements have been made to feature reports and conditional template syntax when printing Survey123 reports. Along with these major features, many other minor fixes and improvements have been made to both the field app and web app. For more information, see What's new in Survey123 for ArcGIS.

Apps for the office

Some apps for the office have been updated. The following are highlights:

  • The latest update of ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App allows you to customize the web app by user roles. For example, you can enable or disable workflows using predefined and custom roles in ArcGIS to provide users with a tailored user experience. You can now summarize information for multiple study areas in a single table using infographics. Share comparison report templates with other users in your organization and use comparison reports that other users have shared with you. You can now access infographics on the go using the ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile App. This update also includes improved layer styling and allows you to reorder layers on the map. In addition, the app includes the 2018 Canada data update from Environics Analytics and the Michael-Bauer Research data update to the 2018 vintage for China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and more. For more information, see What's new in ArcGIS Business Analyst.
  • GeoPlanner for ArcGIS introduces new color ramps in Modeler. You can now use Impact - Negative to Positive and Impact - Positive to Negative ramps to better visualize impact across systems. The Classify tool now allows you to set different color ramps to customize your analyses and improve visual impact. For more information, see What's new in GeoPlanner.