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Explorer for ArcGIS 18.1.0 focuses on streamlining the work that you do in the app. Groups of maps are again available for you to find the maps you need. Once you open a map, the way in which you get information about your assets and the control you have over map navigation have been improved. A number of bug fixes and other improvements have also been made to the app.


Android is in beta.

Current release—Version 18.1.0 (iOS)

With the 18.1.0 release of Explorer for ArcGIS, you can do the following:

See your groups of maps

With the 17.1 release, groups of maps were no longer showing in Explorer (BUG-000106841). Now they are back, letting you more easily find the maps that matter to you. You can search for, browse to, and open groups when browsing for maps.

Groups available when browsing for maps

Use an improved identify experience, including a magnifier and better performance

Your feedback was clear: there was work to do with the app's behavior when tapping the map to identify features. That was a focus for this release of Explorer.

  • The magnifier is back when you long press the map (BUG-000106840), letting you more accurately identify items on the map.
  • Identify was performing slower than expected and has been sped up (BUG-000106910).
  • When you selected a single feature, a list of one feature was displayed—now you'll go right to the details of the feature you selected.
  • Select a single feature (from a list of results or by tapping the map) and your map scale won't change. The map extent only changes to bring the feature on-screen if it isn't already there.
  • Selection highlights were refined.
  • Tap a feature that is also a search result and you'll no longer get duplicate results for it.
  • Custom attribute display pop-ups using domain fields now show the value instead of the domain code.
Use a magnifier to identify features

Get better control of map navigation

Previously, Explorer panned and zoomed to the extent where it predicted you wanted to work. But as your maps are all unique, so are the extents where you work. This behavior has been cleaned up, and Explorer no longer predicts the map scale and extent you want to see. When you select a feature or search result, the app now makes sure that item is on-screen with minimal change to the map.

You might still need to focus on particular data, and you can now choose to zoom to the extent of a layer or to a particular feature. Select a layer in the Layers list to zoom to it, or select a feature's symbol in its details to zoom to that feature.

Use an updated GPS tool, now right on the map, to see your location. Select the same tool again to orient the map in the direction you are facing.

Get various bug fixes and improvements

In addition to the functionality described above, there have been other enhancements made and issues addressed. Of note are the following changes:

  • Reload an online map to see changes to its included layers, symbology, and pop-ups.
  • Access related records using the origin to get to the destination record, or from the destination to the origin.
  • BUG-000106539—Share the URL to a web map.
  • Distances and areas in the measure tool are easier to read and can be copied.
  • The basemap gallery was restyled and now includes indication of the default basemap.
  • When using the app without signing in, an Internet connection is no longer required and your last open map opens when the app is relaunched.
  • Markup shared to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise and added to a new map now renders when the new map is opened in Explorer.
  • BUG-000108212—Switch between basemaps with different projections and spatial references.
  • BUG-000107775—In-memory joins no longer cause identify and search issues.
  • BUG-000106721—Shapefiles enabled for but not containing any z-values no longer stop the map from loading. The error message previously displayed was The shape must have a Z value.
  • BUG-000109463—Setting to hide layers from the legend is now honored.

Previous releases

What was new in previous recent releases of Explorer for ArcGIS can be found below.

Version 17.1.2 (iOS)

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.2 was released in August 2017 on iOS and includes various bug fixes and improvements.

  • BUG-000106480—Pop-ups are not consistently displaying values when the field alias is different from the field name.
  • BUG-000106814—Configuring custom attribute display to show multiple fields returns nothing.
  • BUG-000107080—Attachments don't display for map service layers.
  • Feature search can fail when searching integer fields using the Equals condition.
  • If the request for an OAUTH page fails when signing in, a message shows instead of a white screen.

Version 17.1.1 (iOS)

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.1 was released in August 2017 on iOS and includes various bug fixes and improvements.

  • BUG-000106474—Can't see sublayers in the Layers list, or turn sublayer visibility on and off.
  • BUG-000106478, BUG-000106507—Hyperlinks appear as text and URLs aren't clickable in the pop-up.
  • BUG-000106475—Feature search fails when searching sublayers.
  • BUG-000106698—Map search settings aren't honored, including disabling search in the app if Find Locations is disabled in the map.
  • Improved performance when searching, identifying, and dropping pins on the map.
  • Search results should list features before places.
  • Improved sorting of maps in the Maps browse screen: sorting by title shouldn't be case sensitive, and sorting by date shouldn't put oldest maps first.
  • IWA Portals aren't being remembered in the list of recent portals.
  • Support for deep linking to Box with box:// and boxapp:// schemas.

Version 17.1.0 (iOS)

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.0 was released in July 2017 on iOS.

Work offline

You can't be connected everywhere you want to explore, so now you can take your maps offline with you. Prepare a map for offline use in your office and put it on your device, either by downloading it through the app or by sideloading it onto your device. Once it's on your device, you can work with it in the same way as any other map in Explorer. For details on making offline maps, see Make offline maps.

Use improved markup and share it

Capture sketches and notes on the map with improved tools. You can clean up as you go, making your sketch a true circle and your line straight. Place markers, draw arrows, and add notes and labels. You can use your sketches across your maps, and even share them as layers to your organization. Mobile workers in the field and ArcGIS Pro users in the office can see and act on what you've found. For more information, see Markup.


Find your features with the compass

Walk right to your assets using the new compass tool. See how far you are from your assets and which direction you need to go. From a feature, search result, or pin, select Compass Compass. This complements the directions that are available through integration with Navigator for ArcGIS and Apple Maps.

Compass mode

Experience a new, simplified browsing experience

Discover maps with ease through a new, simplified browsing experience.

Maps browse screen on iPad and iPhone

Use beautiful, more responsive and informative maps

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.0 includes support for related records, labeling, smart mapping, and vector tile basemaps.

The Explorer team is excited to bring one of the most requested features to life with this update: related records. You can now bring more data to your users by creating pop-ups with related records in your map, and you'll see the same pop-ups in Explorer.

Related records

Another common request has been support for labels, and with this release they are supported. You can even use Arcade expressions to make the best labels for your map.

ArcGIS provides smart mapping to help you make your maps beautiful, while showcasing your data's important values. Explorer now honors the styling done through smart mapping, bringing the maps you are making in Map Viewer to your devices. Improve your maps with smart mapping: get started with the How to smart map story map.

One of the benefits of working on a mobile device is the high-resolution display, but not all basemaps take full advantage of it. With this release, Explorer supports vector tile basemaps to bring crisp, responsive basemaps to your device. Vector tiles have a combination of tile access performance and vector drawing, allowing the tiles to adapt to any resolution of the display, which may vary across devices. See Vector tile layers (ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise) to learn more.

Interact with UX customized for your device

Explorer now makes the best use of available screen space. When working on an iPhone, the panel resizes to fit your needs. If you need to see mostly the map, collapse the panel into a summary. When you need both the map and details, use the panel in half the screen. When you want to focus on the details, make the panel full-screen. If you are using an iPad, the panel is fixed to the side of the screen. You can also use the app side by side with other apps, as split-screen view is now supported.

Side panel and split screen