With the release of Collector 19.1.0 on iPad and iPhone, Collector has parity with Collector Classic! You can use a referenced basemap when downloading a map to work offline, and if you have related features, you now choose if they can be captured directly or must be captured through their parent feature.
The release also brings a number of enhancements and bug fixes. You can now copy basemaps directly to your device with the Files app. Using Eos Tools Pro and Lasertech rangefinders, you can capture offset locations. Linking to the app has a new format and is more powerful, allowing you to provide additional information. Finally, some bugs you reported have been addressed.
Use a referenced offline basemap
You may have a basemap already on your device that you want to use when working with your map offline. Previously, you had to download the basemap along with the map when creating an offline area. With this release, the map author can instead specify the basemap to use offline as part of authoring the map in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 or later. When the mobile worker downloads a map area (either a preplanned or an on-demand map area) with that basemap package already on the device, the basemap isn't downloaded. See Reference an on-device basemap.
Copy basemaps with the Files app
Capture offset locations
Sometimes you can't be right at the location you need to capture. Use Eos Tools Pro and Lasertech rangefinders to capture offset locations with Collector. You need to configure the offset setting in Collector to be able to capture offset locations.
Open Collector through new links and with new parameters
Provide your mobile workers with a link they can click to open Collector, use a particular portal, or do a particular task within the app (such as searching or capturing an asset). While some of this functionality was available through the Collector URL scheme, the new links use HTTPS instead of a custom URL scheme, making them more reliable. The new links support all the functionality you used in the Collector URL scheme, including opening a map, centering it, and starting to capture assets and observations.
The new links support some new parameters as well. These new parameters include providing the URL to the portal the mobile worker must connect to; searching for addresses, places, coordinates, and features; and providing a URL to call when capturing the asset or observation is complete.
See Open your map from a link for details on the links and parameters, including some examples.
Choose how related features are captured
When capturing related features, you may want your mobile workers capturing features that are related to other features directly, or you may require that they be captured with an association to a parent feature. Now, as in Collector Classic, there is a setting that allows you to specify how you want your related data captured. Choose if you want the child features to show as a type that can be collected by setting Show Related Types. By default, child features must be captured through their parent feature. See Show related types.
Various bug fixes and improvements
Bugs are addressed in this release, and additional improvements are included. These include the following:
- Take maps with image services offline.
- Display current battery level for Trimble receivers.
- Include current altitude in the GPS details.
- Use basemaps packaged in the .tpkx file format.
- Get more informative error messages when submitting a feature doesn't succeed.
- Bugs addressed include BUG-000119169, BUG-000120642, and BUG-000120903.