How to use your ArcGIS Online hosted feature services in ArcPad
The latest version of the popular field data collection tool ArcPad (v.10.2.1) was released by Esri Inc. on the 6th of February. This release includes a few important updates and among the most important ones – a major improvement to the editing and synchronization capabilities. The users of ArcPad 10.2.1 can use feature services published on ArcGIS for Server 10.0 – 10.2 and they can also take advantage of using feature services hosted on the ArcGIS Online for organisations.
One of my clients has recently asked me to demonstrate these new capabilities and test the workflow which would involve editing vector data from a feature service hosted on ArcGIS Online for Organisations in ArcPad. Synchronization was supposed to be the final step if this workflow – the data edited in ArcPad has had to be synchronized with a feature service (i.e. posted back to ArcGIS Online).
The test was successful and the workflow that we’ve implemented can potentially help some of the users who are utilizing ArcPad on Windows Mobile devices connected to GNSS/GPS and who can’t really use the Collector for ArcGIS to connect to the feature services running on ArcGIS online. Now the ArcPad users can also take advantage of using hosted services and use ArcGIS Online for Organisations in their field data collection routines on Windows Mobile operated computers.
I thought it would be worthwhile sharing this workflow with our ArcPad user community….
As an ArcGIS Desktop support analyst at Esri Australia, I get a lot questions about deploying software, including questions about ArcGIS Desktop, ArcPad and ArcGIS mobile. From time to time I receive some interesting questions from our clients and some of them are worth to be mentioned in this blog.
One of the most interesting questions that I received recently was: “How to deploy ArcPad to a mobile device, which cannot be connected to my PC/Laptop?”
Well, the standard procedure of installing ArcPad on a Windows Mobile Device presumes that you connect you PDA to your laptop and synchronise it using ActiveSync or Mobile Device Center. Then you can deploy the application using the Deployment Manager Tool. But what if the cable used to connect your device has been lost? Or Bluetooth module is broken?
In this case you can use an SD card (or CF card if your device supports them) and copy the system files across to your mobile device. See the steps below.
Please note, that you have to obtain a laptop or a desktop machine to be able to complete the below steps. Yes, you still need the laptop, as Esri supplies ArcPad as an *.exe file which has to be executed in Windows XP/Vista/7 or 8.
1. Make sure that ArcGIS for Desktop 10 or 10.1 is installed on your laptop/desktop machine and licensed properly.
2. Download and install the latest version of ArcPad. You can download the software for free from the following website: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcpad/evaluate
This is a full version of ArcPad. Even despite it’s called “Evaluation Edition”, you’re able to use for free but the sessions are limited to 20 minutes. Once you enter the license code, it becomes a full version.