Explorer for ArcGIS is coming and it is bringing exciting, new capabilities across the smartphone, tablet and desktop platforms. Explorer joins our family of apps that include Collector and Dashboard.
We have grand ambitions for Explorer and we chose this name for a reason! Yes we may have used it for product naming in the past but we are using it again because it best describes our vision. Collector and Operations Dashboard target the field data collection and operation management needs within your organization – Explorer targets the knowledge workers and decision makers that need to explore data in a geographic context and use maps to help them make better decisions and inform others.
Our first release in April will be on the iOS platform (phones and tablets). You will be able to personalize your experience with the ArcGIS platform, explore your organization and maps to discover information that is relevant to the work you do each day, and use maps as a medium for presenting, sharing and communicating with others inside of your organization.
We are starting with iOS but have an aggressive roadmap to roll out Explorer onto new platforms (smartphones, tablets and desktops) with exciting new functionality in each update. What we release in April will eclipse what you can do with the ArcGIS app today on smartphones and tablets and then quickly grow to be more powerful with a series of quick, focused releases. As we move forward, you will be able to make maps, publish and edit data, view in 2D or 3D and over time – taking full advantage of the platform you are using.
Explorer will improve the way that you plan and execute the work you do every day. From the perspective of a GIS manager, this is really exciting! Explorer is a new app that just comes with the ArcGIS platform and you can put in the hands of those you serve to make them and yourselves more efficient.
We are excited about Explorer for ArcGIS and we hope that you will be too. Over the next few weeks, we will be writing a series of articles that describe what Explorer on iOS can do. We would like to hear your thoughts, ideas and comments. Please email us at Explorer4ArcGIS@esri.com.