Top 10 Productivity Improvements in ArcGIS 10.1

An Esri UC plenary tradition is the presentation of the top 10 advancements in ArcGIS. This year, Esri’s Ismael Chivite shared developers’ favorites at ArcGIS 10.1.

Geoprocessing tools are four to five times faster at ArcGIS 10.1

1. Sharing—As a complete system, ArcGIS allows anyone in your organization to leverage your work. You can connect the world of desktop to a server. Once you have web services running, you can automatically register your desktop work with your organization and with ArcGIS Online. GIS services can be used in any ArcGIS application, such as ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Explorer Online, in the free, configurable viewer apps for Flex and Silverlight, in the ArcGIS.com Viewer, or in custom web applications that have been built with ArcGIS APIs for Flex, JavaScript, or Silverlight.

2. Improved server functionalityArcGIS for Server has an out-of-the-box tool that authors high quality maps on the web. New print tool allows the user to pick the title and set scale.

3. Performance improvements—The ArcGIS 10.1 geoprocessing tools are four to five times faster. Routing analysis can be completed on-the-fly. The new version has faster querying capabilities such as map/chart integration. As the user changes the map extent, the bar chart updates right along with it. With 10.1 comes higher scalability, a better user experience, and on-the-fly analysis.

4. ArcGIS 10.1 for Server executes on a 64-bit processing, native application architecture.

5. Editor tracking on the web—Features are tagged with the editor’s name. The author can set ownership and control who can edit what. The editor tracking tool records information about who made changes to datasets and when the edits were performed.

6. Editing enhancements—A new editing tool automatically aligns shapes. An editor tracking tool tracks every transaction in the geodatabase. New editing tools help the user integrate datasets and work with shared boundaries.

7. Geodatabse version dialog—A new geodatabase dialog box lists displays all the versions in your database. You can also find who has connected to the database, from which machine, and when.

8. Coordinates tool—Type in coordinate UTMs that are relevant to the current area of interest in the map. Type a keyword for the coordinate system and apply a spatial filter to the coordinates relevant to your job.

9. Dynamic legends—ArcGIS 10.1 has legends that are dynamic, instantly changing along with the map extent. The legend changes only the relevant items.

10. Maplex is included in ArcGIS 10.1—Maplex is an advanced, rule-based text placement engine that controls label positioning.

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