- ArcPad - ArcPad 10 is designed for Windows and Windows Mobile devices.
- ArcGIS Mobile - ArcGIS Mobile 10 is for Windows and Windows Mobile devices.
- ArcGIS for iOS - Apple iOS devices - iPod (Touch), iPhone and iPad.
- ArcGIS for Windows Phone (Under Development) - Windows Phone 7 Devices.
- ArcGIS for Android (Under Development, according to the UC 2010 Q&A) - Android OS devices - Smart Phones other Android devices.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
ArcGIS for Windows Phone 7
The solution is coming! It will include an application for use on Windows Phone devices and an API that enables developers to create their own applications.
We will keep you posted with regards to the release of both the Windows Phone and Android solutions.
Monday, July 26, 2010
ESRI have changed the software Installation, Authorisation and Licencing process for ArcGIS 10.
Resources for Authorisation and Licencing ArcGIS 10 can be found at:
- The ESRI Australia site in the ArcGIS 10 FAQ area.
- The ArcGIS Desktop 10 Resource Center, under the Install and Authorize area.
- The ArcGIS Server 10 Resource Center, under the Install and Authorize area.
- ESRI have also released a White Paper detailing the ArcGIS 10 Licencing Concepts and Strategies (PDF).
Thursday, July 22, 2010
- create a new empty map
- create a QuickProject
- open an existing map
- open the previous map used
- Right click on the ArcPad shortcut, and select "Properties"
- Switch to the Shortcut tab
- Under the Target path, add /nosplash to the end (make sure you put a space after the final ")
- Click OK
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
- Click the "Word Button" (Office 2007)
- On the Word Options dialog, go to "Advanced"
- Scroll to the very bottom, and select "Web Options"
- Switch to the "Files" tab
- Uncheck "Update links on save"
Saturday, July 17, 2010
At this point ESRI have confirmed that support for Apple products is going to be through Apple iOS, and iOS supported devices (iPhone, iPad, etc).
To this end ESRI have already released there second iOS application. This is for Business Analyst and is the BAO for iOS App.
I'm sure we can expect to see more and more of these Apps springing up over time. These Apps are focused applications driven behind the scenes by Data sourced from ArcGIS Online, and utilising the Services offered by ArcGIS Server.
There have been 2 significant changes to ArcGIS Mobile:
- A template application is now provided for both Windows 32 and Windows Mobile platforms.
- A single license of ArcGIS Mobile (Template Application and SDK) is bundled with each ArcGIS Desktop Product (ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo). Additional bundles of 5 licenses can be purchased.
The core of our business is Field Data Capture and Mobile, and hence we would be more than happy to sit down and review your requirements and discuss these and a range of other options with you.
From my point of view there were 3 distinct Data related themes that come out of the event:
- The improvements to the flow of the data to, and consolidation of the data from, the ArcGIS Desktop, Server and Mobile products.
- The enhancements to the sharing and hosting of the Data online.
- The new capabilities and refinements to the tools for the analysis, reporting and mapping of the Data.
All up there have been significant changes to all product offerings and I guess that's part of the reason the version has jumped to V10, instead of V9.4 as originally planned.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The ESRI International UC 2010 is underway!!
It's very clear from the Plenary Session that GIS is moving into the cloud computing arena, with both ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Explorer Online being offered. Cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) will however both be covered under one of my Technology posts.
It this point I just wanted to highlight some of the ESRI and ArcGIS information that users have access to. It's funny but it's been a long time since my last trip to the US, and there are a few things that I had forgotten - The choice you have is amazing, the portion sizes are very generous and in general this leads to a good value for money deal.
To a certain degree the same can be said for access to some of the information and resources for ESRI. Some of the useful free sites are:
- Recent ESRI Conference Presentations and Proceedings
- ESRI GIS Bibliography
- ESRI Resources Centres, and ArcGIS Resource Centres
And remember if you can't find what you are looking for at any of the ESRI sites, a Google search can quite often lead to some great alternate information.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Geotagged photos from the ST1000 are easily viewed with programs such as Picasa, Pictomia, Facebook, etc. RIA Mobile GIS include a complimentary copy of the RIA Location Extractor tool with camera purchases; this tool extracts photo locations out of the EXIF image header information into a CSV file, which can be added to a desktop GIS as an event theme.
Users looking for a rugged solution have the option of the proven RICOH 500SEW cameras. Additionally there are a number of PDA options with integrated cameras, including the GETAC PS236 (3MP), Trimble Nomad 800GLC (2MP) and Pidion BM170 (3MP).
Contact RIA for more information on any of these units.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I set up a simple applet which zooms around the map in ArcPad to various pre-defined extents, logging the drawing times of each layer in the map. My map had 5 (AXF) layers in total:
The pre-defined extents were selected at random locations, each at different scales. After zooming in to a small area, I forced ArcPad to zoom back out to the full extent to make sure that it was forced to re-draw as many features as possible. The tests were repeated 5 times for each version of ArcPad.
The tests were performed on a virtual machine, running Windows XP (3GHz processor, 768Mb RAM).
The results from the tests are shown below. ArcPad 7.1.1 times are shown in blue, 8.0.3 in red, and 10 in green. Times are shown in milliseconds, and represent the total time taken to draw all 5 layers (averaged over the five tests).
So, the good news is there is a definite decrease in drawing times in version 10, particularly when zoomed out to full extent. Interestingly the drawing times for Area 1 were quite high, and in most cases, higher than the full extent. Upon inspection, it turns out the around 90% of the features lied within Area 1. The table below shows the feature counts in each layer, at the different zoom extents:
If you would like a larger graph or more detailed figures, or just want to find out more about the testing that I did, leave us a comment.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
With regards to the Mobile GIS arena Windows is the dominate OS for Laptops, UMPC's and Netbook's, and Windows Mobile/CE is the dominant OS for PDA's and Rugged Handheld devices.
ESRI has this side of the market covered with it's existing ArcPad and ArcGIS Mobile offerings.
The mobile area in which Windows is lacking behind the competition is the Smartphone market. In this sector Windows has actually lost market share, whilst in comparison both Apple iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android OS have substantially increased their market share.
ESRI is now aiming at solutions to cover both these platforms with mobile product offerings:
ArcGIS for iOS
- The ArcGIS for iOS Application is a free application that can be downloaded from iTunes. It allows you to share maps from ArcGIS Online, and use tools to search, measure, identify and query data. (At a later stage it will also include a range of other functions).
- The ArcGIS API for iOS enables iOS developers to build custom applications that leverage of the capabilities of ArcGIS Server.
ArcGIS for Android
- A solution for Android doesn't exist yet - But it's coming!! According to the ESRI 2010 Conference Q & A. It will apparently include both an Application and API similar to the iOS offering.
Over the coming months it is going to be interesting to watch the uptake of the new Windows Phone 7 OS to see if this again alters the Smartphone market. There are some interesting times ahead.
Friday, July 2, 2010
I'll endeavour to write a series of posts highlighting some of these trends and developments, as they relate to the Mobile Technology, ESRI Software and Spatial arenas.
(The frequency of these posts will depend somewhat on when time permits!)
In the interim, an insight into where ESRI is heading, is the annual ESRI UC Preconference Q&A. Take a look, some of your questions may be answered.