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Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.0 was released in July 2017 on iOS, followed by bug fix releases 17.1.1 and 17.1.2 in August. Android is in beta. With this release, you can do the following:

Current release—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.
  • Improve 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 deep linking to Box with box:// and boxapp:// schemas.

Version 17.1.0

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.0 was released in July 2017 on iOS. Android is currently in beta.

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 an offline map.

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.


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