Secure Map Service to Shapefile with Python Part 3

This post is inspired by the many emails I’ve received on the first two posts in this series. This article will address the most most popular question so far: How to work with a secure map service to Shapefile. Short answer, tokens!
Before We Begin
We aren’t covering Part 1 or Part 2 again, but we will continue to build on those concepts. Secure services use the same approach as before with one additional parameter that passes a security token with each request. So once we have the token, the original posts can be used for the rest of the plumbing.
What Are […]

Collector for ArcGIS update

Collector for ArcGIS has its first feature update in 2017. The list of new features includes a few community request items we should all be excited for.
What’s New in Collector for ArcGIS
This release is known as 17.0.1 (all platforms) and 17.0.2 (Android only added bug fixes), includes:

Rename Attachments: A very popular request and a great addition to Collector for ArcGIS. You can now add the attachment (photo, video, etc.) and then change the generic attachment name to your liking.
GPS Averaging: Having a small issue with the name of this new feature (GNSS v GPS), but that aside, another […]

Web GIS metrics and patterns with Google Analytics

Scouring through some blogs the other day I came across an article from Esri regarding the “Most frequently used Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS widgets in publicly available apps”.  Web GIS metrics aren’t discussed very often, so definitely worth a read. It’s actually a review of 10,000 public apps and most popular widgets in use. I would typically read the article, make a mental note or two, and move on – but this article led me to ask myself a few questions: How do the tools we add to the apps relate to web GIS metrics/analytics? What tools are used […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Analysis|Comments Off on Web GIS metrics and patterns with Google Analytics

ArcGIS Javascript API 3.20

Phew. The long hiatus of posting updates is over. As expected, the world continued to move on without me. This includes an update to Esri’s ArcGIS Javascript API 3.20.
ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.20 is Here
Not too much in this release, although I always appreciate bug fixes! But let’s start with the unique alien updates.

Starting at ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.20 there are Planetary measurements and scale bars. You read correctly. I can’t find a reference on the ideas page to see how many up-votes this had, but I guess there must be some demand. That’s right, you can now use many […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Developer|Comments Off on ArcGIS Javascript API 3.20

ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19

As we are all waiting in line at the mall to buy some final holiday gifts, ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19 and 4.2 were released so we could start updating our code while sipping back some rum and eggnog (eggnog is optional).
What’s New in ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19
A few of the bigger changes include more support for vector tiles and the additional of Arcade expression language.

Vector Tiles are now supported in all ArcGIS-supported spatial references. This addition will help more of us get starting using the vector tile approach as it seems to be the future of basemaps. One downside – you […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Developer|Comments Off on ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19

iOS ArcGIS Collector 10.4 with the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor

I’ve wanted to try ArcGIS Collector with the Bad Elf series of devices to see how it stacks up against some other external GPS/GNSS. I’ve read some great reviews, but needed to try it with Collector to see for myself. Well, send Larry from Bad Elf to the rescue.  His confidence in the Bad Elf devices is very high, so much so, he sent me a Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor to test out. And now – I understand where his confidence comes from.

Update 2016-11-08: GNSS/GPS hardware pricing corrections.
Setting up the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor
The setup was straightforward on the […]

By |November 5th, 2016|Spatial|Comments Off on iOS ArcGIS Collector 10.4 with the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor

ArcGIS Server 10.5 is now ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5

If you haven’t heard, Esri found out we finally understand the current naming conventions and licencing models for their server products. Naturally, this means it’s time for a name and licence change. Don’t be too hard on them, many didn’t like the existing names either: is it ‘ArcGIS for Server’ or ‘ArcGIS Server’? And sooo many different server products, all dependent on each other yet separate products at the same time. Arrgghhh. This is what Esri is hoping to fix with the new branding (assumption).

So let’s not dwell on what could have been and the latest ArcMarketing terms du jour.  Instead […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Spatial|Comments Off on ArcGIS Server 10.5 is now ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5

Map Service to Shapefile with Python Part 2 – Iteration

This post builds on the previous “Extract a Map Service Layer to Shapefile using Python” post. It seems as though many are interested in getting past the pesky limits ArcGIS Server has on querying/extracting data to a shapefile. The initial post does mention this limitation, which is typically 1000 or 5000 features by default depending on the version (and configurable by admins). Part 2 will focus on getting past that limitation to all the juicy goodness… errr, all the data.

Note 2016-10-31: Sample code updated to sort objectIDs before creating groups.
Before We Begin
It might be a good idea to refresh on the details of part 1 as […]

By |September 29th, 2016|Developer|2 Comments

ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.18

ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.18 was released by Esri last week. Great news for those still using the 3 series – and FYI, ArcGIS JavaScript API 4.1 was also release last week.
What’s New in ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.18
The biggest update in ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.18 looks to be an overhaul of the FeatureTable Widget. There are lots of new and improved features, including the long anticipated support for related records. Selection behaviour in the table has been improved, but if you have been leveraging this in the past you might want to test first, as there are some major changes here.

Another big update […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Developer|Comments Off on ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.18

Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition 10.4 AND it works

Phew! Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition 10.4 is here… and it works!! That positive energy put forward in the related Collector 10.3 post seems to have paid off. The 10.4 version is now available for Windows 10 on the Windows Store. After updating the software, I was successful pairing Windows 10 with external receivers (without the Location API).
Collector for ArcGIS Windows Edition 10.4
This August, Esri released the Windows 10 and Android (new beta) versions of the popular Collector for ArcGIS application. Available from their related App stores, this update has been long awaited for allowing high accuracy GNSS devices to be connected. The […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Spatial|2 Comments