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What's new?

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If you're looking for what is new in Collector Classic, see What's new.

The release of Collector 18.1.0 on iPad and iPhone brings support for a number of map improvements available to ArcGIS organizations and modernizes the app. You'll see improved forms, support for preplanned map areas, new tools, and support for 3D data collection. The release is a complete refresh of the app, and along with it, the original Collector app was renamed Collector Classic.

Better-looking, more performant maps

Create great-looking maps in your portal and open them in Collector. Use vector basemaps and view crisp, high-quality cartography that takes advantage of the pixel density of high-end mobile devices. The rich symbology you rely on to effectively represent your spatial information looks great in Collector, including symbol effects you publish through ArcGIS Pro. Labels (including using Arcade expressions), the top idea requested for Collector, are also supported. With this release, your maps perform and look better than ever, even rotated.

Better maps

User experience updates

A key element of the release is the overall design. The user interface has been redesigned with a focus on simplifying and consistency.

Better use of screen real estate

Use the screen real estate to get the most out of your device. On a phone, you no longer have to choose between looking at the map and looking at the form for your asset or observation while you are collecting data. On a tablet, you can focus on the form, using your device as a digital clipboard. When you start collecting, the form uses half the screen and the map the other half. Focusing on the form? Expand the panel to use the full screen. Placing the asset or observation? Minimize the panel and see more of the map.

Change the height of the form

Location target

During collection, a location target helps you precisely place points. Manually adding points on the map (either as the location of a single place or to build the location of a length of area) no longer means obscuring the part of the map you are interested in with your finger. Using this targeting approach, crosshairs on the map now mark where each point is placed. Use the GPS or pan and zoom the map to position points and see where you'll be placing the data while you are placing it.

Location target

Common tasks at your fingertips

Ready to collect data? You can now add an asset or observation from a button promoted onto the map and near where you hold your device.

Not collecting a new asset or observation, but working with an existing one? We promoted those tasks, too: whether you need to edit or copy a feature, use the new compass tool to get to it, or get directions, the tasks you need are available.

Common task icons

Improved forms

Forms have both functional and user experience improvements, including the following:

  • Arcade expression support—You can use Arcade attribute expressions to calculate entries based on formulas and other parts of the form. For example, you can do unit conversion and include trailing text to show units, combine multiple entries for a more intuitive read, or specify a custom format. See Calculate title or entries using Arcade expressions.
  • Easy access to the camera—Where it used to take three taps to launch the camera, now it takes only one. Once your picture is taken, you see a preview, accept it, and continue to your next task.
    Take photo
  • Additional attachment support—In addition to images and video, you can now attach audio files.
  • Data entry enhancements—Read information from QR and bar codes, edit entries in place on the form, and use a proper keyboard when editing numeric entries.

New, streamlined offline workflows

Collector still supports taking maps offline to work in areas without a reliable data connection. In the app, mobile workers can still prepare on-demand map areas to take offline. In addition, map authors can now add preplanned map areas so that mobile workers in Collector can download them without having to configure the areas themselves.

Additional offline workflow improvements include support for automatically syncing changes, taking multiple areas of a single map offline, and downloading vector tile basemaps to use less space on the device than comparable raster basemaps.

New tools

You'll now find a legend and improved navigation in Collector. The legend is part of the Layers tool Layers.

Working in the field, you might be near your asset or observation but not right at it. Now you can use the Compass Compass to get right to where you need to be. The map orients itself the direction you are facing, and a guideline shows the direction to the asset or observation you need to find.

Compass navigation

If you are not close to your asset and need to navigate streets to get there, use Directions Directions (also available in the asset or observation's Overflow menu Overflow) before you use the compass. You can pick which navigation app you want to use for directions: Apple Maps, Google Maps, or Navigator for ArcGIS—use the one that works for you.

3D data collection

Previously, Collector didn't record z-values (altitude information). With this release, it does, and you can directly capture 3D data to use throughout ArcGIS.

Side by side with Collector Classic

The release of Collector Classic 18.0.3 on iOS supports this release. If you have Collector Classic installed on your device, its name now displays as Classic, and in the App Store it is renamed Collector Classic. Both Collector and Collector Classic can be installed on the same device, preventing disruption of your existing workflows and allowing you to transition to the new app as your organization is ready to do so. However, future development work is focused on the new app.

Collector and Collector Classic installed side by side