Option to zoom in on current location/use current location with ESRI Widget.

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    LUdo

    This would be an amazing feature to allow for increased accuracy and saved time by being able to find and record your location with the simple push of a button.

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    Mike Klaus

    This is a much needed feature for the ESRI Widget. Having to pan and zoom from a global extent for each new record is much too time consuming.

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    Brant

    Panning and zooming to add a record is time consuming, the ability to zoom to your current location and add a record would be an immeasurable improvement to the ESRI Widget.

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    Will Anderson

    Agreed. It would greatly help efficiency and accuracy.

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    Jacob Shapley

    Absolutely. Would like to see something like flashing blue dot, with arrow showing direction of travel/heading.

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    Micah Callough

    Agreed this would be very helpful.

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    Bill Spiking

    I was very excited to see in the release notes for 8.5 that the map interface had been updated, but greatly disappointed when I noticed that this functionality is still missing. The new aerial basemap is nice, but I'd much prefer having an option to collect at my current location. The little "target" symbol needs to go or be a secondary option for collecting with the map. I feel like this keeps getting overlooked, when it's a standard feature in most mapping apps.

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    Ben Ray

    Hi Folks,

    We are working on this in the next iOS and Android releases. For new records we will be zooming to your current location at the same scale as the current location element does today.

    We would like to get feedback if you change the location of an existing record by selecting it from the map view. Should we zoom to your current location or should we zoom to the location of the esri widget for that particular record?

    Thanks for your help in advance and we will bring this long time request to life. 

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    Lea Ronne

    If I understand you correctly you mean entering a record already created with a selected point and if you go back into it whether it zooms to that point or to your current location? Its been a while since I used esri widget because it just wasn't functional for us as it can only be on the parent form it didn't work on a subform. If that has changed I would be very interested to know. Anyway I would say that it should zoom to the selected point but allow you to pan it to your location using the cross-hairs showing where you are in relation to the selected point.

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    Brant

    I agree with Lea I think.

    If the the record is ever opened for editing, I'd like to see it zoom to the original submitted location for that record, but have the ability to edit the location on the map if desired.  A button to zoom to current location would still be a good option, in case the user would like to change the location to where they are currently.

    I'm also wondering if it will be possible to parse out the latitude and longitude from the ESRI widget and populate into another element?  We still rely on the location element to make this happen, but having the ESRI widget and Location widget in a single form is a bit redundant.  Handy to have the lat long to build links for google maps, etc.

    Lastly, I'd still love to see an option to default to aerial imagery if possible.

    Thanks for digging into this request!

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    Ben Ray

    Hi Lea and Brant,

    Appreciate your feedback we will put the crosshairs where the existing esri element latitude longitude is located and allow you to move from there.

    Brant to parse our the information from Esri widget I did try this using esri_element_name.latitude and esri_element_name.longitude and it worked but it took some time for the data to load into the form. I will chat with our development team here on making this work well.

    In terms of defaulting imagery, this could be a page-level attribute that we have recently added just like Map Priority or Map Top Location Enabled. 

    Thanks again for the feedback here!

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    Brant

    Thanks Ben, I'll check out the variables and possible page level stuff that you mentioned.  Appreciate you pushing for improved functionality of the lat long variables with the development team also.  Looking forward to a future update!

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    Ben Ray

    Hey Folks.

    This functionality to zoom to your current location will be available here in the Android 8.12 Release. It will be available in beta here shortly. Follow the release notes to stay tuned - https://iformbuilder.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360031709571

    Thanks - Ben

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