What's new in Survey123

Features have been added to Survey123 progressively. This topic lists the features that were added at the different stages of release this year. For a list of all updates made throughout the life of Survey123, see the What's new archive.

Update November 16, 2021

Survey123 Connect (version 3.13.249)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • The styles fixed-grid and dynamic-grid are now used to create grid layout surveys. The theme-grid style is still supported for backward compatibility purposes.
  • Grid layout styles can now be applied on a per group or per repeat basis.
  • Nested repeats and nested groups can now have both the column and span specified individually.
  • A default image can be set as the background for image questions with the signature appearance.
  • The max-pixels parameter can be used to set the maximum width for image questions with the signature appearance.
  • The multiline appearance is now supported for image questions with the signature appearance, allowing for multiple attachments to the same question in a survey.
  • The new overlay parameter can be used to display repeated geopoints on any map in your survey.

Survey123 field app (version 3.13.244)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • On the canvas for the draw and annotate appearances, new graphic elements can be edited before the image is saved.
  • You can now view and add signature attachments via the Inbox.
  • Image questions with the signature appearance are presented as a button that opens a pop-up for signing. More than one signature can be captured.
  • Stability and localization have been improved for text questions with the geocode appearance.
  • On Windows, a bug was fixed that was preventing airplane mode from being detected correctly.
  • On Android, an issue was fixed that could cause the app to crash on startup.

Survey123 website

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Improved performance for word cloud charts with many records in the Analyze page
  • Improved performance of the Analyze page when loading very large choice lists

Update October 25, 2021

Survey123 website

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • A warning message will now be displayed in the Collaborate page if, when sharing the survey, the users the survey is being shared with will be able to read the survey results.
  • A message will now be displayed in the Collaborate page if the survey is not using a feature layer view.
  • Fixed a bug in the Data and Analyze pages that prevented filters from working for questions within repeats.
  • Fixed a bug causing the incorrect amount of credits being charged when printing reports.
  • In the web app, a bug was fixed that was preventing Address questions from being populated if a calculation references another question.
  • In the web app, surveys authored in Survey123 Connect will no longer display links in the thank you page as HTML code.
  • A new template was added, Oiled Wildlife Report.

Update October 7, 2021

Survey123 Connect (version 3.13.239)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Improved survey load time for large surveys when collecting a new record or opening existing records.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented sign-in to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise through an external browser.

Survey123 field app (version 3.13.234)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Improved survey load time for large surveys when collecting a new record or opening existing records.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented sign-in to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise through an external browser.
  • Fixed a bug that caused signature images to appear cropped and display excessive black background when viewing the image.
  • Fixed a bug when editing existing records that caused the required message to display even when an image question has an image already submitted.
  • Fixed a bug where choice list values were not repopulated when selecting a different choice filter value in cascading selects.
  • Fixed a bug where choice list values were cleared when opening an existing record that uses the search() appearance populated with a URL.

Update September 16, 2021

Survey123 Connect (version 3.13.234)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Search for and submit a geocoded address in a text question using a geocode appearance.
  • Drawing and annotation tools have been expanded to include more choice of symbol and line styles, colors, and text options.
  • The new search() appearance allows choice lists to be populated dynamically by applying queries to existing feature layers.
  • You can now use the max-pixels parameter to set the canvas size for draw appearance questions.
  • Table-list appearance is now working as expected when the survey style is set to pages.
  • Support has been added for the body::accept column, allowing for a file question to be restricted to accept only certain file types.
  • The backgroundColor parameter now supports repeats in grid-theme surveys.
  • The app will no longer hang on republishing when you have added questions only inside repeats.
  • Fixed a bug that caused labels to not appear when using defaults for select_one questions with the minimal or autocomplete appearances.
  • Fixed an issue preventing sign-in using an ArcGIS account linked to a Google account.
  • An empty feature layer will no longer be created when a 301 or 302 error is encountered in publishing.
  • Slovak is now a supported language.

Survey123 field app (version 3.13.229)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Search for and submit a geocoded address in a text question using a geocode appearance.
  • Public surveys now have access to the inbox.
  • View and add image attachments for existing records.
  • Drawing and annotation tools have been expanded to include more choice of symbol and line styles, colors, and text options.
  • Annotation canvas size honors the resolution of the provided image.
  • Leading zeros are no longer dropped from values that appear to be numbers but are, in fact, strings.
  • Surveys no longer fail to submit when the field app is moved to background (for example, when returning to another app via a callback URL).
  • The EXIF properties of an image provided to an annotate appearance question are copied to the annotated image.
  • Added support for discovering network location sensors.
  • On Android, the file question type now supports .gtar, .csv, .xml, .avi, and .bmp file types.
  • Questions with choice lists are now top-aligned in grid-theme surveys.
  • The app will no longer crash when zooming or panning when using the OpenStreetMap Daylight Esri Street Style basemap.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented tiled image layers and raster tile packages from appearing in web maps.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Inbox to scroll automatically.
  • Fixed an issue preventing sign-in using an ArcGIS account linked to a Google account.
  • On Android, fixed a bug when using the default keyboard for multiple choice questions using the autocomplete appearance.
  • On iOS 14, fixed a bug where users could not select images from Photo Gallery.
  • Slovak is now a supported language.

Survey123 website

Note:

Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy support is now deprecated. This includes version-locked surveys.

Fixes and improvements to the Survey123 website include the following:

  • You can now rename surveys after their initial publishing in all pages for that survey in the Survey123 website.
  • Creating a survey no longer requires inputting a name or tags.
  • The new drawingInfo method for report templates allows the template to define elements such as symbology, labeling, and transparency when printing a map image.
  • Improvements have been made to the repeat user interface.
  • The new format method for report templates allows the template to specify elements such as integer length and grouping separators in a number field.
  • Viewing images on the Data and Analyze pages now supports zooming.
  • Improved performance for printing a large number of map images in one report.
  • Fixed a bug that caused incorrect time to be displayed when editing a date and time question in the Data page.
  • Fixed a bug preventing users with the Viewer role from seeing some attachments.
  • Fixed a bug preventing hidden questions from displaying in the Analyze page.
  • Fixed a bug preventing image attachments from being renamed in the Data page.

Fixes and improvements to the Survey123 web designer include the following:

  • A new Address question type has been added to allow search for and submitting a geocoded address in a text question.
  • You can now design calculations for questions within the web designer.
  • The website and web designer now validate HTML tags, allowing the same tags as those supported by ArcGIS Online.
    Caution:

    Some HTML tags that functioned in previous releases are no longer supported.

  • You can now set questions to be read-only.
  • You can now set questions to be hidden from view.
  • You can now set questions to not submit the answer as part of the survey response.
  • You can now add multiple Map or Address questions to a single survey in the web designer. Only one of these questions can submit geometry.
  • Input masks are now supported.
  • Images embedded in note questions are now displayed at full resolution.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the editing of the thank you page in surveys created in Survey123 Connect.
  • Fixed a bug that caused rule corruption with choice list questions.
  • In German, fixed a bug that led to missing basemaps when adding a Map question.

Fixes and improvements to the Survey123 web app include the following:

  • The Survey123 web app now supports dynamic choice lists using the search appearance set in Survey123 Connect.
  • The web app now supports use of a screen reader.
  • Improved repeat UI, allowing for navigation to specific repeat records.
  • The new recalculate URL parameter allows for fields with calculations to be automatically recalculated when editing a survey record.
  • Changing the language of your survey will now change the results of pulldata("@property",'language') or jr:choice-name functions.
  • The jr:choice-name()function will no longer produce an error when editing a survey.
  • Fixed a bug causing the web app to not submit responses to required date and time questions.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented multiline image questions with a count-selected() constraint from submitting multiple images.
  • The web app will no longer fail to access external items such as CSV files when signed in to a portal using Integrated Windows Authentication.

Update March 18, 2021

Survey123 Connect (version 3.12.232)

Fixed an issue that numbers could not be entered when using the numbers appearance with locales that use a comma decimal separator.

Survey123 field app (version 3.12.277)

Fixed an issue that numbers could not be entered when using the numbers appearance with locales that use a comma decimal separator.

Survey123 web app

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Fixed an issue where answering time questions during daylight saving time periods, did not save the correct time in the feature layer.
  • Fixed an issue when a hidden question is included in a survey that has draft mode enabled, the previously saved answers would not appear.
  • Fixed an issue where web surveys that contained encoded URL parameters and use the ?code parameter, would not display.
  • Fixed an issue where versions of Survey123 Connect prior to 3.12, would publish web forms with ill-formed choice question layout.
  • Additional locales can be included as a URL parameter for the web app. See Supported languages.

Update February 25, 2021

Survey123 Connect (version 3.12.230)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • New Scripts tab to make it easier to get started with JavaScript functions.
  • Support added for position and indexed-repeat functions, allowing the user to query values from questions inside indexed repeats.
  • Support added for the max-pixels parameter in image questions, allowing for the maximum pixels of an image to be set on a per question basis.
  • Support added for the compact-n appearance, for presenting the choices for select_one and select_multiple questions horizontally in a specified maximum number of columns.
  • The Windows app installer now identifies previous versions of the app and allows users to install over the top of the previous installation.

Survey123 field app (version 3.12.274)

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Handling of choice lists and cascading selects has been improved for speed and stability.
  • External select choice filters can now use name values as numbers.
  • Camera preview improved to better reflect the image that will be captured by the camera.
  • The speed and reliability when scanning PDF417 bar codes has been improved.
  • Improved handling of bar code scanner rotation on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue where internal position sensor logging was not producing valid NMEA log files.
  • Windows AppConfig enterprise configuration properties are now supported via use of registry keys.
  • The Windows app installer will now identify previous versions of the app and allow users to install over the top of the previous installation.
  • On Android, in accordance with changes to Google Play requirements, on first startup existing data files will be moved to app-specific storage.

Survey123 website

Fixes and improvements include the following:

  • New template gallery for creating surveys.
  • Support for formatting numbers in reports.
  • Share surveys to allow other users to update them.