The Silverlight team here at Esri is pleased to announce that the next version of the ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight is now available. We’ve been hard at work since the release of version 1.0.1 to bring you the capabilities you’ve been asking for. Some of the enhancements in 3.0 include:
- A configurable search tool that lets you use any ArcGIS Server Locator Service
- Support for the high quality print service available with ArcGIS Server 10.1
- A new measure tool that allows you to measure map features and graphics you draw
- A new spatial bookmarks tool
- Full source code available for all new tools (listed above)
- Improved integration with ArcGIS Online, including better support for subscriptions and web maps
Since the last release of the Viewer, we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the community. Based on what you’ve been telling us, we’ve been focusing much of our efforts on a few key areas:
- Adding the tools and functionality you expect out-of-the-box from web mapping applications
- Working toward consistency with the capabilities offered by the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex and the .NET Web ADF Web Mapping Application
- Better integration with the ArcGIS system to provide users an easy way to leverage the capabilities of ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online
- Sharing code for production-quality components to help developers build better add-ins
We think the 3.0 release represents a real step forward in all of these areas, and we hope you’ll agree. Beyond 3.0, we plan to continue targeting enhancements in these areas.
You also may have noticed that the Viewer’s version number has changed from 1.0.1 to 3.0. Why? Since the Viewer is tied to a particular release of the ArcGIS API for Silverlight, we thought it would be simpler for our users if the version number reflects this dependency. From here on, you can expect that the Viewer’s version number will match that of the underlying API.
To download the Viewer and get more information, visit the ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight Resource Center. Within you can find comprehensive help documentation, including details on what’s new at this release. For developers, the Resource Center’s Interactive SDK provides samples to help you get started building your own add-ins, and the Gallery section on the home page provides links to add-ins contributed by community members – including the four new tools mentioned above. And speaking of community, be sure the visit the Viewer’s forums if you have questions or issues.
The Esri Silverlight Team