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We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.0.1 of the ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight. This is a quick-turnaround maintenance release to fix critical bugs that have been identified since the release of version 1.0. The Viewer team has worked hard to address these issues quickly in order to minimize their impact on your Silverlight Viewer applications. The issues addressed include:
- ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight Applications do not load on Windows XP clients if data containing characters with diacritical marks (e.g. ü, ä, ñ, etc) is included in the map
- Several localization issues related to the forthcoming localized releases of the Viewer
By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead
ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4) for English, is now available to our users for download via the ArcGIS Resource Center. This Service Pack contains performance improvements and maintenance fixes. Here are links to the downloads:
Release Note: ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 4 for the other five languages (French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish) will be released in the next two weeks. A follow up blog entry will be posted to announce the availability once they are ready.
For the past few years the various ArcGIS product development teams have hosted a few dozen separate blogs covering the width of the ArcGIS system. Now we have pulled those together into a single ArcGIS Blog so that you can more easily browse, subscribe to, learn from, and stay up-to-speed on the latest information from all our engineers and developers. In addition, the single blog reflects ArcGIS as a system and allows us to better tell big picture implementation stories that we couldn’t in the fragmented system.
If you do want to narrow your focus, just click a Category (under Technical Communities and Industry Communities) or Tag to see the posts for that particular area. You should find a category or tag that matches up with the subject area for each of the old separate blogs. A few may have been overlooked or thought to be unnecessary. We appreciate your feedback on specific categories or tags that should be added to help focus in on subject matter that is of interest to you. Continue reading
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
We’re pleased to announce the latest release of the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex Application Builder. This is a quick-turnaround maintenance release based on the 2.5 release of the ArcGIS API and Viewer for Flex. Highlights include:
- Localization support in nine languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Based on your locale, the application builder and all apps created with it use one of these nine languages. The default is English.
- Smart URL form specification for specifying ArcGIS Server REST endpoints. When adding services, you now only need to type in the server name, not the full URL. The application builder also remembers the last 50 URLs you’ve entered, and contains better error handling and messages in this area.
- Warnings for server instances that do not have crossdomain.xml files
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
- Superpan map navigation is now the default when using an Apple trackpad or magic mouse. More information is available in the Map Navigation conceptual help topic.
- Feature layers in on-demand mode now automatically generalize features when map scale changes. Refer to the Feature Layer best practices conceptual help topic, specifically the Feature Generalization section, for a detailed explanation.
- Some more ArcGIS Server 10.1 features have been added in this release for those testing the beta software:
When using this sample, just click a symbol and Continue reading
We are pleased to announce the release of ArcGIS for SharePoint version 2.1.1. This is a quick-turnaround maintenance release to fix critical bugs that were identified in the 2.1 release. The ArcGIS for SharePoint team has worked hard to address these issues quickly to minimize their impact on our users. The issues addressed include:
- A license timeout that will occur on Feb 1st, 2012
- The ArcGIS Location Field does not load on SharePoint subsites
- The ArcGIS Map Web Part does not load on Windows XP clients if data containing characters with diacritical marks (e.g. ü, ä, ñ, etc) is included in the map
Users that are currently using version 2.0, 2.1 beta, or 2.1 final can easily upgrade to the latest version. To do so, simply run the setup and select the upgrade option.
Users that have version 2.1 installed must upgrade to version 2.1.1 to continue using the product.
As always, you can check out the ArcGIS for SharePoint Resource Center for information on getting started, help using the product, and samples to show you how to build add-ins for the Map Web Part. And if you have questions, be sure to take advantage of the ArcGIS for SharePoint forum to get help from the community.
The ArcGIS for SharePoint Team
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