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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

ESRI's ArcGIS 9.3 - Overview of Enhancements: By Joe Francica, Editor-in-Chief and Vice Publisher, Directions Magazine

ArcGIS ArcGIS 9.3 is being incrementally released in a series of service packs with emphasis on refining and improving workflows; the bulk of the product is to be released next year. These packs will include ways to improve "geographic science" such as using Gaussian geostatistical simulation and rich error messaging, and improving mapping and labeling, scripting, modeling, and WYSIWYG graphic editing. Below are some of the additions shared during the ESRI User Conference. ArcMap Label placement for contour maps will better match what users of USGS quad sheets expect. In particular, the contour elevation labels appear on the major contour intervals and do not overprint the line work. The new release introduces WYSIWYG editing for line work and improvements will be made to street number placement, support for Asian language characters, multiple view windows, labeling on 3D services, the speed of import of Web services, tracking in 3D, textured COLLADA and schematic diagramming. ArcGIS Server ESRI believes that CIOs are increasingly dealing with GIS and that server-based GIS is used in most major cities around the world. Key priorities focus on the high bar set by IT departments, including systems that are:

  1. reliable and recoverable
  2. interoperable and scalable
  3. highly secure
  4. deployable to the non-GIS specialist
Key enhancements for ArcGIS Server include:
  1. printing updates to enhance graphic output, also known as "pretty maps"
  2. map tips that provide "mouse over" access to attributes
  3. support for Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) for raster, Simple Feature KML and GML
  4. spatial data management and cartographic capabilities for AutoCAD users with the new product "ArcGIS for AutoCAD" which is available now in ArcGIS 9.2
  5. REST API and Java Script API support
  6. caching to enhance Web application performance
  7. security for Web applications and services, allowing users access based on Windows authentication
  8. support for PostgreSQL, Oracle Express and DB2 (z/OS)
  9. a mobile client built on the Windows Mobile platform
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