Monthly Archives: March 2012

ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map March 2012 updates

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map (World_Topo_Map) was recently updated with several more contributions from the user community.

Accra, Ghana, at 1:4K
Accra, Ghana, at 1:4K

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The World Topographic Map includes new and updated content for the Country of Slovakia from 1:577K to 1:4K, for the County of Ghana from 1:9K to 1:1K, and for the State of Maryland from 1:577K to 1:18K.

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Updated NPS style

By Jaynya Richards, Esri Research Cartographer

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We just added to Esri’s Mapping Center ArcGIS Resources – Styles page a style that contains newly updated cartographic symbols for the National Park System (NPS). Tom Patterson, NPS Harper’s Ferry Center (HFC) cartographer, shared the symbol files with us, and we used them to create this ArcGIS 10 style, its five associated Esri fonts, and three associated graphic files. With this style, you can use the most current NPS symbology on your maps.

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The Power of ArcGIS Through Business Analyst Online

You might have noticed the new Select tool in the map tool palette. What in the world is this? How is it going to be useful to me? What else can I do after bringing in a web map from ArcGIS Online? Continue reading to find out more…

As discussed in a previous blog post, you can bring in the maps created in ArcGIS Online into Business Analyst Online and make the maps more meaningful.  With the help of this new Select tool, you can make it even more powerful.   Here’s how… Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online Maps Through Community Analyst – The Good Stuff

You might have noticed the new Select tool in the map tool palette. What in the world is this? How is it going to be useful to me? What else can I do after bringing in a web map from ArcGIS Online? Continue reading to find out more…

As discussed in a previous blog post, you can bring in the maps created in ArcGIS Online into Community Analyst and make the maps more meaningful.  With the help of this new Select tool, you can make it even more powerful.   Here’s how… Continue reading

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From the 2012 Dev Summit – Wednesday

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The cloud is the future of information technology.

This is the point Steve Riley was driving home in his keynote presentation at the 2012 Esri Dev Summit today. Being the CTO of Riverbed Technology, as well as having Amazon and Microsoft on his resume, he’s got some legit experience lending credit to his intelligent and animated dialog this morning on the paradigm shift into a cloud infrastructure.

“Change happens. You have to adapt or die” Riley pointed out. Adaptation is key to human progress. The wine press turned into a printing press (did that turn into twitter?). Smart organizations are getting in front of cloud technology and Riley laid out several steps he called architecture lessons for building a successful cloud implementation. Continue reading

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Explorer Desktop 2012 preview at DevSummit

Over the last couple of days at the 2012 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit we’ve had a number of questions about ArcGIS Explorer Desktop and the road ahead. If you’re at the DevSummit this afternoon Mark Bockenhauer and Jim Barry will present and demonstrate some of the new features coming up in the Explorer Desktop 2012 release at the Getting Started with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK session.

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Fonts in ArcGIS symbols

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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There are three primary building blocks of standard symbols in ArcGIS – colors, fonts, and graphic files. In this article, we focus on fonts for standard 2D symbols in ArcGIS. In other blog entries, we discuss colors and pictures in ArcGIS symbols. Here, we discuss fonts used in character marker symbols, marker line symbols, and marker fill symbols. We also discuss the need to install fonts so that symbols display correctly and to embed fonts in shared output documents.

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Invalid Geometry Check Explained…

What exactly does Data Reviewer’s Invalid Geometry check find? Before I provide an answer, let’s explore how invalid geometries are introduced in your geodatabase in the first place. Typically loading data from shapefiles or CAD files can introduce invalid geometries. When data is migrated into an enterprise geodatabase using the simple loader invalid geometries such as empty, null, and no envelope will be filtered. However, if you’re using a third party data migration tool, all features including invalid geometries could be migrated. Similarly, when importing data into a personal or file geodatabase all geometries will be copied over. While the Check Geometry geoprocessing tool reports such geometry problems, it only works on shapefiles and personal or file geodatabases, and not on enterprise geodatabases. That’s where Data Reviewer’s Invalid Geometry check is helpful.

 The check returns features that meet one of the following conditions:

1. Nothing

2. Empty

3. Has an empty envelope

4. Not simple

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From the 2012 Dev Summit – Tuesday

The geodatabase team is down here in Palm Springs for the 2012 Esri Developer Summit, and it’s the largest one yet with 1700 attendees!

The plenary session gave a good overview of the new functionality coming with 10.1, which is set to be released in June.

The morning was filled with well spoken Esri employees, most with amazing accents, giving everyone a glimpse into the future release.

Some highlights were new enhancements with ArcGIS 10.1 for Server, including new improved tools in server manager, publishing and sharing of services is now much easier, there were some good demos surrounding published geoprocessing services, lots of great ArcGIS Online improvements to facilitate building great maps and apps, and some good scripting examples which led to the unveiling of a new Python resource where you can find useful samples to enhance your GIS workflows: Cafe Python. Continue reading

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ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 2.8 Released

Version 2.8 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript is now available! Highlights include:

Features

  • Portal for ArcGIS API:  An API to build applications that works with content from ArcGIS Online or an ArcGIS Portal
  • Support for ArcGIS Server 10.1 editor tracking which enables automatic tracking of which user created a feature, when a feature was created, which user last updated a feature and when a feature was last updated
  • Simpler constructor signatures for esri.SpatialReference class
  • Feature Layers now fire an onQueryLimitExceeded event when a feature layer is unable to draw all expected features due to maxRecordCount restriction imposed on the server
  • The Identity Manager has new methods to serialize its state and re-hydrate later

New Samples

Refer to the full What’s New in 2.8 document for the full list of new features and bug fixes.

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