Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know about ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online gives you everything you need to create interactive web maps and apps that you can share with anyone. With ready-to-use content, apps, and templates, you can be productive right away. And no matter what you use — desktops, browsers, smartphones, or tablets — you always have access to your content.
Here are the top ten things you probably didn’t know about ArcGIS Online.
1. ArcGIS for Desktop includes ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online is included in every ArcGIS for Desktop license that is current on maintenance. If you are using ArcGIS for Desktop and haven’t’ activated your ArcGIS Online account yet, you are missing out on all the rich, ready-to-use content you can use to make and share beautiful web maps.
2. The Gateway to ArcGIS Pro
To access the amazing powers of ArcGIS Pro, you need ArcGIS Online because ArcGIS Pro licenses are assigned and managed through ArcGIS Online. With ArcGIS Pro, you can design in 2D and 3D, work with multiple displays and layouts, and publish your maps directly to ArcGIS Online and view them in the Scene viewer. And because ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit app, it processes your data faster than ever.
3. ArcGIS Online is packed with Content
Looking for basemaps or imagery? Need landscape or elevation data? ArcGIS Online includes a vast collection of maps and data from Esri and thousands of organizations around the world. Explore the award-winning Living Atlas of the World to see maps about people and businesses, landscape, climate, and more.
4. One Subscription, Multiple Devices
With ArcGIS Online, you get access to apps that fit the work you do, whether you are using a browser, a smartphone, or tablet. You can empower your field work force with Collector for ArcGIS, monitor events and systems with Operations Dashboard, or map your spreadsheet data directly in Microsoft Excel Esri Maps for Office. ArcGIS for Desktop users, ArcGIS for Server users, and organizations that have an ArcGIS Online subscription get access to all of these apps.
Need an app for displaying specific content or to tell a story? Web Application Templates and Story Maps are easy to configure and you can combine your maps with other content to deliver a focused and elegant user experience.
5. Create Your own App, no Coding Required
6. Useful Tools at Your Fingertips
Did you know that as part of ArcGIS Online you have access to these useful tools? With World Geocoding you can find an address, a place of interest or perform reverse or batch geocoding. The Plan Routes tool lets you generate efficient routes that will help you save, time, manage your fuel usage, and limit vehicle pollution. You can also add turn-by-turn directions to your map, then view the route and optimize it. If you are managing multiple vehicles, you can assign routes stops by driver and include time windows for your delivery schedule.
7. Go Deeper with ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online’s includes analytics tools that help you find patterns and relationships in your data. You can answer questions such as Where are things located?, What’s nearby?, and How are things connected? and display the result in your map. You get more out of your data, and the insights you discover lead to better decisions.
8. Need Demographic Data? We’ve Got You Covered!
If you are looking for demographic data to enhance your own data, try out the data enrichment service. You can enrich your own data with Esri Demographics to add contextual information about a location, such as population, household, and spending data. You can access Esri Demographics in ArcGIS Online through the Enrich Layer tool.
9. Solutions for Your Industry
With ArcGIS Online, you get access to template maps and apps tailored to your industry. ArcGIS Solutions has everything in one place, whether you are in government, utilities, emergency management, or the military. These solutions can be configured with the ArcGIS Platform and used to improve operations and services you deliver.
10. Tools for Developers
Whether you are a developer in a start-up company or a large enterprise, ArcGIS for Developers give you the tools you need to build web, mobile, and desktop apps. Access Web APIs and Runtime SDKs, ready-to-use content such as basemaps and imagery, and other Esri cloud services, for example geocoding and spatial analytics. Get started with the free development and testing account. Once you’re ready to deploy your apps, check out the flexible monthly plans. Bonus tip: if you have an ArcGIS Online organizational account, you can sign in using your account credentials and use all of the developer tools.