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What’s new in ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 2500

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A new version of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (2500) has just been released. This release includes many new features and enhancements which will enable ArcGIS Explorer Desktop to be used effectively in your enterprise, or in conjunction with your ArcGIS Online … Continue reading

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Explorer Desktop 2012 public beta released

The public beta version of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 2012 is now available to install. This represents a significant release with many new capabilities.

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A virtual 3d city in your pocket with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

Virtual 3D cities and geodesign in 3D are hot topics these days, and at the recent Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit lead product engineer Mark Bockenhauer demonstrated some interesting capabilities which can potentially make your entire virtual city, including the software used to view and analyze it, completely portable – even pocketable.

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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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National Geographic World Basemap

National Geographic and Esri have collaborated to produce this cartographically distinctive basemap that reflects National Geographic’s cartographic design, typographic style, and map policies.

This basemap provides a visually appealing background for web mapping applications for mobile users, consumers, and educational purposes, and is also well suited as a general reference map for many GIS projects.

This National Geographic World Map has been added to the collection of existing ArcGIS Online basemaps that users can access freely for internal and external use.

Get more details about this map and start using it today.

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Registration Open for Developer Summit 2012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Esri Developer Summit.  The summit will be in Palm Springs, CA March 26-29, 2012.

This is the developer event for ArcGIS. Plan now to attend and get the inside developer details on ArcGIS 10.1

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Mapping NOAA's incident responses via GeoRSS

 

NOAA’s IncidentNews website provides information about oil and hazardous material spills where NOAA has been involved in the response. The website is maintained by NOAA’s Emergency Response Division (ERD) and includes a GeoRSS feed that you can connect to using ArcGIS Explorer Desktop to map and learn more about recent events. Let’s take a closer look at how to use the feed.

 

At the website you’ll find a list of recent events; click an event to learn more about it. At the time we’re writing this post the latest event is a disabled ship carrying 98,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 2,800 gallons of diesel fuel near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. NOAA was contacted for a trajectory analysis for a potential release of oil later today.

 

 

Wanting to map the incidents, we discovered the Newsfeed section with both Atom and RSS feeds.

 

 

To connect to the feed right-click to copy the link (either link will do), and in Explorer Desktop click Add Content, then GIS Services…

 

 

Click New Server Connection

 

 

Then choose GeoRSS from the drop-down list:

 

 

Paste the feed URL into the connection input box. Since the feed is dynamic, we decided to have it automatically refresh. Below we chose to trigger a refresh of the feed every 10 minutes:

 

 

Once connected, you can edit the layer properties to change the name, symbol, and more. Here’s our map showing the disabled ship off the Oregon coast with information about the incident from the feed displayed in the popup window.

 

 

For more information see the Subscribe to GeoRSS feeds help topic.

 

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Update to ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

A new version of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (build 1750) has just been released. See the ArcGIS Explorer blog for more information.

Check these locations to download the latest version:

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free, downloadable GIS viewer that provides an easy way to explore, visualize, share, and present geographic information. The latest release of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (build 1750) delivers fixes and improvements to the previous release. See this previous blog post for a list of new features and capabilities introduced with Explorer 1700.  

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What's New in ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (build 1750)

Check these locations to download the latest version:

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free, downloadable GIS viewer that provides an easy way to explore, visualize, share, and present geographic information. The latest release of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (build 1750) delivers the following fixes and improvements to the previous release. See our previous blog post for a list of new features and capabilities introduced with Explorer 1700.  

  • SDE connection passwords are now stored in the map by default
  • The popup window displays information from joined tables
  • Import of GPX files has been improved for faster performance
  • Popups for multiple layers now includes the layer name
  • GPS and geotagged photo locations using commas in place of decimals (for non-English locales) are now supported
  • The busy cursor is displayed when waiting for popup information to return
  • Map transformations are applied correctly when creating map content, viewing KML, and geotagging photos
  • ArcGIS services with reverse proxy or virtualized configurations are now supported in 2D mode
  • Rasters from ArcSDE no longer cause failure when clicking the tools tab
  • When connecting to a GPS receiver the options dialog is now displayed when the device is not detected
  • Go to in 2D display mode zooms completely to all features
  • GeoRSS layer popups have been enhanced for better formatting
  • You can now upload KML to your ArcGIS Online account directly from Explorer Desktop
  • Maptips for feature layers are displayed when enabled
  • Find stops searching when there is no match
  • ArcGIS Explorer will not crash when opening a webmap from ArcGIS Online
  • Fixed Measure Point latitude/longitude formatting

 

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Visualizing Hopi Villages in 3D using ArcGIS Explorer

We recently came across this interesting article covering the use of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop by Wes Bernardini, associate professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of Redlands, to visualize 3D reconstructions of 32 Hopi villages. An ArcGIS Explorer add-in is used to explore tribal villages and nearby visible peaks. The article also includes a YouTube video demonstration of the customized Explorer.

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