Category Archives: Mobile
Have a question? Want to talk GIS? Looking for some good ideas? Jump into the conversation!
A few weeks back we rolled out some new features that we hope will improve the forums’ usefulness. One of the new features is the ability for those who post questions in the forums to rate the replies. In addition, any logged in user can also join in and vote on the various replies and conversations in order to help us identify the best information, helping you find good information more quickly. Another huge benefit to the new voting tools is that it helps us all identify, recognize, and reward those forums users who contribute the most helpful information.
Until June 2010, our old discussion forums (now archived) supported what we called the “Forums MVP Program”. Once every 6 months we would identify the Top 10 members of the community and make them eligible for MVP recognition and some valuable prizes. Continue reading
The Mobile team would like to invite you to join us in Redlands California during the week of April 16th – April 20th to take ArcGIS for Windows Mobile 3.0 (formerly named ArcGIS Mobile 10.1) for a test drive!
Key Functional Improvements in 3.0:
- Media capture and synchronization using Attachments
- Editing workflows for modifying existing features
- GPS-based navigation
- Simplified data collection workflows
- User identity and auto-population of field values
- GPS logging
- On-board routing using Street Map for Mobile
- Project authoring, validation and packaging improvements (package data and extensions)
- Inclusion of core ArcGIS geometry, spatial reference and projection libraries for developers
- Integration with ArcGIS for Portal
- Much more… Continue reading
Version 3.0 Beta 2 of the ArcGIS API for Silverlight and ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Windows Phone available!
Version 3.0 beta 2 of the ArcGIS API for Silverlight and the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Windows Phone is now available for download from the Beta Community Web site. You’ll need to login with an Esri Global account and walkthrough an initial survey to gain access. Once in the Beta Community you can register for any of the products listed.
Here are a few highlights of what’s new in the 3.0 beta 2 APIs:
- New resource centers for the Silverlight and Windows Phone APIs are available to the public.
- Silverlight 5 is now required to develop Silverlight Web applications. Silverlight 4 is no longer supported. (Silverlight only)
- Silverlight project templates have been removed from the install. They will be available online with 3.0 final. (Silverlight only)
- Support for new ArcGIS Server 10.1 beta 2 services and capabilities:
- Change layer rendering, layer order, or add layers on the fly in map services
- Generate data classifications on the server for layers in map services
- Use enhanced query options to order results and generate statistics
- Track user identity of edits and use ownership to limit edits to a layer in a feature service
- Support for geometry with Z and M values
- Generate printable output using the new PrintTask
- Query and edit support versioned layers in a geodatabase Continue reading
The fourth in our series of ArcGIS Mobile 10.0 updates, the Mobile Team is proud to announce the release of build 2550. Just like 2525 and all previous updates, installing build 2550 does not require that you uninstall a previous version – this install will simply update your current install of ArcGIS Mobile.
You can download build 2550 now from the Esri Customer Care Portal. Look for “ArcGIS Mobile 10 (Build 2550)”.
Have a question? Want to talk GIS? Looking for some good ideas? Jump into the conversation!
A few weeks back we rolled out some features that we hope will improve the forums’ usefulness. To be candid, we’re sure many would say that some of these features should have been there since day one, or at least long overdue, but we listened to what you wanted and found a way to get them in there for you to use.
Let’s start with the big one…
If you read something and you like it, give it a thumbs up!
Now any forum user can let the community know where the good information is. How you do it is simple. If you read a post or a reply and you think it contains some really good information, click the “up” arrow on the right. This is similar to the “Like” button in Facebook.
If we all do this, then the best posts will bubble to the top. If you want to read the entire thread you can, but if you need to most quickly find the good stuff, look at the posts that have a high score.
There is also a “down” arrow, but you can only use that to “Unlike” something you previously Liked.
If you find “The Answer”, give it a check!
If you started a thread with a question, then whichever reply you think is the best, give it a check. That will mark your thread as “answered” for all to see, and it will give some MVP points to the person who wrote it.
Two birds with one stone
Clicking the checks and arrows has two benefits:
1. You are helping everyone find the best information.
2. You are helping everyone recognize the best contributors.
One of the great things about any community is the trust earned by those folks who share their experience and help others. Some pros out there are always going to stick out, but these new voting tools are going to help find others who are just as helpful and useful who you might not yet know.
Discussions versus Q&A
When you start a new thread, you can let everyone know if you’re starting a discussion or if you’re asking a specific question. Discussions show up in the thread list with a yellow “D” icon and questions with a red “Q”.
When the original poster or a moderator identifies one of the replies as the best answer, the “Q” icon turns into a green “A”.
This helps you find answers more quickly, and if you want to jump in and let everyone know what you think, this helps you more quickly find questions that haven’t been answered yet.
Most of the time an open public discussion is a great way to get the best information, but sometimes you may want to take it off-line.
Up on the menu is a “Private Messages” link. Click that to see your Inbox or to send direct messages to other users. Also, clicking their name anywhere in the forums provides a pop-up you can use to send a message to them if they’ve activated it.
You can use the “Forum Actions > User Control Panel” menu to control who can send you messages. You can turn it completely on, completely off, or limited to just those users in your Contacts list.
Badges are a great way to find those folks who have been around the block a time or two. Anyone with more than 200 posts in the forums becomes a “Senior Member”, and of course anyone on the forums who works for Esri is badged as “esri” with a globe logo.
And when you see someone with a “Forums MVP” badge, you know you’re talking with someone the community has said has the best information and is most dedicated to your success. These are folks who have been voted by the community to be in the Top 10 of all contributors during any previous six-month MVP rating period. And once you’re an MVP, you’re always an MVP.
And more importantly, now that the new community voting tools have been included, it’s time to roll out the new MVP program. Watch this blog post next week for a description of the new rules, new standards, and a list of awards you can earn through all of your good effort. So jump in and help us figure out who the players are; maybe it’s you!
The Advanced Search page gives you a lot of flexibility to build a complex search. What we’re working on next is giving you the ability to save that search definition. This will be good for bookmarking and sharing. We’ve also heard that most users participate in some forums a lot, some forums a little and others not at all. We are going to improve your “What’s New” page so that it only includes those forums you want to browse. If there are any other improvements you’d like to see, reply here, or jump into the conversation on the Resource Center Site Feedback forum.
Content for this post provided by Jim Barry
With ArcGIS for Android now available, this article discusses what steps are needed to set up your Android development environment to work with Runtime. To follow along, you will need an Android 2.2+ powered device to test your applications. Continue reading
Esri has installed a permanent building mounted Global Positioning System/Global Navigation Satellite System (GPS/GNSS) base station in Redlands, California named “gisa”. GISA operates a Trimble NetR9, dual-frequency GPS/GNSS receiver with Zephyr Geodetic Model 2 antenna. The base station meets National Geodetic Survey Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) guidelines and is in the process of being incorporated into their national CORS network. Continue reading
The Mobile Team is pleased to announce that v1.0.1 of the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android has been released. After months of hard work, we have enhanced the beta release to include some really cool performance and functionality improvements. To access the download, please visit the Android Resource Center.
The SDK allows you to add the power of the ArcGIS system to your Android apps which can run on phones and tablets with the Android OS v2.2 and above. This includes the ability to connect to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server. You can also add cached base maps which are stored locally on your device! With this SDK you can:
- Add maps from ArcGIS Online or create your own maps in code
- Add base maps which are stored locally on the device to your maps
- Use a rich set of tasks which leverage the power of ArcGIS to analyze your maps and provide information to your users
- Add functions to let users to edit data whilst out in the field
- Work with your devices GPS
- Identify features in the map and view the rich pop ups which you can author in ArcGIS online
- An integrated Eclipse plugin to make it easy to add ArcGIS to your Android projects
- Add graphics on top of the map
- Perform advanced geometric operations locally
The Beta release has been much improved upon based on all of your feedback. Some of the highlights of new features in this release are:
- Faster mapping
- Support for map rotation
- Support for webmap popups
- New layer support: Bing maps, Image server, Local tiled layer
- Support for secured ArcGIS services
For a full list see the whats new page.
Any questions should be placed on the new SDK specific forum, this is currently a 10.1 beta forum but will be publicly available on Dec 14th 2011. The existing public ArcGIS for Android forum will continue to be used as a forum for users of the ArcGIS for Android Application.
Happy app building! Did Santa come a little early this year?
ArcGIS for Android application update v1.0.1 is now available from the Android market!
The Mobile team has released an update to the ArcGIS for Android application and you can download it from the Google market.
This update includes support for devices which have ARMv6 processors running Android OS v2.2 and above. This has been our biggest request and opens up the application to many more devices which we know you have out there in the wild. However, we simply can’t test it on every Android device, so please let us know if you have problems.
We have also added support for moving the app to the SD Card, our second biggest request!
Additional highlights of this update are:
- Add photo button option for when you are adding attachments to features
- Improving support for displaying text in multiple languages
- Improved support for ArcGIS online maps and ArcGIS Server 9.3.1
- Bug fixes to avoid errors, freezes and crashes that were reported by you via the Android Market.
- Improved tablet support
Please keep sending us your feedback via the forums, comments in the market, or via the firstname.lastname@example.org email alias.
We hope you enjoy the update release!
The Mobile Team
We are happy to announce that v2.1 of ArcGIS API for iOS (henceforth referred to as ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS) is now available.
This release builds on the support for iOS 5 provided by v2.0.1 and includes additional functionality such as -
- Ability to view map content using ArcGIS 10.1 tile packages (*.tpk files) even when the device is offline.
- New GPS auto panning modes for vehicle navigation and compass navigation
- Flexible callout positioning
- Ability to rotate the map
- ..and much more
You can refer to the documentation for more information about what’s new at v2.1 and how to migrate your existing applications.
Contributed by Divesh Goyal of the ArcGIS for iOS Development Team