After the presentation of the out-of-the-box capabilities, the stage was turned over to technical product manager Larry Young who explained how the ArcGIS Explorer 900 user experience can be streamlined and how functionality can be configured using something called application configurations. Application configurations control Explorer’s appearance, including everything from it’s startup splash screen and logos, tools and ribbon configuration, and it’s startup map. All these elements together create a custom tailored user experience.
Here’s the custom splash screen that opened on startup. Your company or organization logo could be used.
Larry explained his custom configuration was designed specifically for DevSummit attendees, so it includes tools and content just for them, even adding the locations of favorite Palm Springs restaurants in the default startup map. Note below that the user interface has been streamlined, with fewer tools and a different organization, and that the default map zooms to Palm Springs, showing favorite restaurant locations.
Larry explained that one of the great features was that these configurations did not require programming. Using the application configuration tool included with the ArcGIS Explorer installation, these can be easily created and managed. Here’s what the tool looks like.