Collector for ArcGIS 10.4.0 iOS

Collector for ArcGIS 10.4.0 iOS is now available in Apple’s App Store. This is a major update for those hoping to use high-accuracy GNSS with their iOS device in the field. If this isn’t enough of a reason to upgrade, or you are happy with your current Elf/Glo/Arrow/other, there are a few other enhancements which make this update a must.

One of the other additions in this release is the enhancements to attachments:

Preserve EXIF data on attachments (time, date, gps/compass info, etc)
Support for attaching additional file types (such as PDFs)

As for bugs, a few were fixed in this release […]

By |August 4th, 2016|News|2 Comments

Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition 10.3

It sounds like a no-brainer: Use your Microsoft 10 deviced docked at the office, then disconnect, and your field ready with Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition 10.3. For staff that frequent the field, yet have some office time here and there, a single device sounds like a dream come true. But sometimes dreams can lead to nightmares – which can be the case for some Windows + Collector users.
Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition 10.3 Not Ready
At the time of writing, Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition is at release 10.3 – and frankly, this isn’t ready for production use (IMHO). I’m remaining […]

Use Bootstrap to Customize Esri’s JavaScript InfoWindow Icons

I was recently working a small web mapping application and wanted to use Bootstrap to customize Esri’s JavaScript InfoWindow icons to match the style of the application. If you were unaware, this usually involves finding the sprite (image) file and making modifications or creating a new sprite. In this case, I was already using Bootstrap, so I wanted to use Glyphicons instead.

If you are interested in using the sprite approach, or just want to change the popup look/feel, there is a great blog article for your reference on Making Your Pop-up Pop.
Use Bootstrap to Customize Esri’s JavaScript InfoWindow Icons
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Projecting between NAD83 and NAD83 CSRS in ArcGIS

If you work with data in Canada, be careful when projecting data from one GCS to another (NAD83 and NAD83 CSRS). Why you ask? Even though many Canadian geographic transformations are supported in ArcGIS, the required files aren’t installed by default. Now, before we show up at Jack’s office in Redlands with pitchforks and torches, you should know one thing – it’s not their fault. Matter of fact: Esri, PCI, GeoMedia, QGIS, and other GIS software all have this exact same issue –  the grid files are proprietary so the software companies traditionally haven’t been allowed to include them. […]

Extract a Map Service Layer to Shapefile using Python

How easy/hard is it to extract a Map Service layer to Shapefile using Python? Not as hard as you would think. Is it legal? Not as easy as you would think! And before I get into this any further, there are also ways of doing this directly in ArcMap – but that wouldn’t be very Pythonic now would it.
Legal Schmegal (and a brief disclaimer)
I’m not a lawyer – but I have watched many TV shows where someone else played one. Oh, and I’ve actually read the Canadian Copyright Act (some of it sunk in), done a few presentations on the […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Developer|Comments Off on Extract a Map Service Layer to Shapefile using Python

ArcGIS Collector 10.3.7

The new releases keep pouring out for the Esri Dev Summit. This time we get a very focused update for ArcGIS Collector 10.3.7. If you were hoping for GNSS receiver support, sorry to report it isn’t quite ready yet. But don’t fret, this update focuses on another major area: Offline editing.
ArcGIS Collector 10.3.7 – what’s new
“Advanced offline options” are the focus of this release. These new offline options are setup in ArcGIS Online, and improve download and sync operations in the client app. You can determine what information is retrieved from the web during editing – for both editable and […]

By |March 9th, 2016|News|Comments Off on ArcGIS Collector 10.3.7

ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.16

With Palm Springs hosting the Esri Developer Summit this week – a few updates are coming out of Redlands just in time for the plenary. The ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.16 was released this past Friday and it has many new features to showcase on the big screen.
ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.16 what’s new
Just a few items highlighted below, or you can checkout the full list here – but after searching, the ‘easy button’ is still missing from the features list (Spoiler).

A new theme: Sorry Claro, there is a new theme in town. “Calcite” is currently in beta and has some advantages […]

By |March 8th, 2016|Developer|Comments Off on ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.16

ArcGIS 10.4

ArcGIS 10.4 has finally arrived (most of it). Esri announced last week that their flagship product suite, ArcGIS 10.4 is here. This includes an updated release of Desktop, Server, and Portal to name a few. And also marks the [any day now] release of Pro 1.2.

There are lots of new features with ArcGIS 10.4, along with a slew of patches/fixes. The usual reference to software has also changed (“ArcMap” seems to be replacing “ArcGIS for Desktop”), and 1.2 Pro is part of ArcGIS 10.4 release, and…. who cares, if you can’t figure this out ask someone to draw you […]

By |February 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on ArcGIS 10.4

ArcGIS Collector Updates Galore

Some of the most anticipated updates for ArcGIS Collector have arrived this December! Just in time for… winter?!  (Canada Joke). That said, I’ll take these updates any day – seeing as it will be 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) on Christmas day here in Ontario.

So what’s all this Collector fuss about you ask?
ArcGIS Collector Attachment Sizing (for iOS)
That’s right – you can now optionally set the attachment size for images within the ArcGIS Collector application (iOS users). A huge issue for many users is the significant storage size of all the images being synced at full resolution. Not only are […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Spatial|Comments Off on ArcGIS Collector Updates Galore

ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.15

In time to upgrade over the holidays, ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.15 is here with updates that enable us to use many of the new server features that have been announced over the past few months.
ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.15 – no more beta!
The biggest improvement to this release is the move from beta to production for both the GeometryEngine and the FeatureTable modules. Using before this release there was fear that something could change or disappear – thankfully now that they are in production, using them will not be as much of a gamble. A few new methods are also included with the […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Spatial|Comments Off on ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.15