ArcGIS 10.3: The Next Generation of GIS Is Here

We’re excited to announce that ArcGIS 10.3 is now available. ArcGIS 10.3 is a major release that will help you discover, make, use, and share maps from any device, anywhere, at any time.

ArcGIS 10.3 includes new apps and enhancements that will boost your efficiency and extend the impact of your work in your organization. Here are some of the highlights:

ArcGIS Pro – Your New ArcGIS for Desktop App

ArcGIS Pro reinvents desktop GIS. This brand new 64-bit desktop app lets you render and process your data faster than ever. With ArcGIS Pro, you can design and edit in 2D and 3D, work with multiple displays and layouts, and publish maps directly to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS, making them available on any device.

ArcGIS Pro is currently in prerelease and will be available to you as part of your ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop license. Stay tuned for the final release in January.

More Tools for ArcMap

At 10.3, ArcMap is better than ever, with improvements such as new analysis and automation tools, infographics capabilities, and tools for managing your data more efficiently. You can even run any version of ArcMap side by side with ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS for Server is now a complete Web GIS

ArcGIS Online provides Web GIS, hosted by Esri. With ArcGIS 10.3, ArcGIS for Server delivers Web GIS in your own infrastructure. This is possible because ArcGIS for Server Standard or Advanced now entitles you to Portal for ArcGIS. Portal for ArcGIS unlocks the full suite of ArcGIS apps, including the new Web AppBuilder, so everyone in your organization can leverage your GIS work.

ArcGIS Online continues to add new capabilities

Read about the Q4 update to ArcGIS Online.

3D begins to roll out across the entire platform

We are continuing to realize the vision of taking 3D information and bringing it to life in browsers and applications that run on devices. At 10.3, we’re delivering a whole new 3D editing and visualization experience for the Desktop with the introduction of ArcGIS Pro. What’s more, you can share the 3D scenes you create in ArcGIS Pro with anyone using ArcGIS Online, which now includes a new Web Scene Viewer. A web scene can have layers, including elevation layers, imagery layers, tiled layers, and feature layers. In addition to viewing scenes created and published using ArcGIS Pro, the ArcGIS Online Web Scene viewer can also be used to create 3D Scenes by mashing up existing layers in your Web GIS, right from your browser. Content that you have already captured can be brought into these scenes and displayed so users can work with that information in 3D.

Over the next few months, subsequent releases will deliver even more 3D capabilities including the ability to publish and disseminate web scenes and layers using your own ArcGIS Servers, including support for sharing photo realistic 3D models (such as detailed buildings), and 3D-enabled mobile applications that work on devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

Real-time GIS at 10.3

At 10.3, real-time, streaming data is fully integrated into ArcGIS. The GeoEvent Extension for Server delivers improved performance with increased throughput capability, faster spatial filtering, and the ability to scale-out by adding machines to a cluster.

A suite of new spatial operators have been added to GeoEvent for even more powerful spatial filtering options, such as intersect, touches, and overlaps, all of which can be applied to any or all GeoFences.

New spatial processors are included, such as Buffer Creator, Intersector, and Symmetric Difference, delivering an unprecedented array of real-time spatial analytics. Even more real-time spatial processors are available in the Esri Gallery on GitHub. You can even create your own.

At ArcGIS 10.3, real-time web maps are here thanks to the introduction of the Stream Service and Stream Layer. Now, real-time layers can be configured, symbolized, and filtered directly in a web map and added to ArcGIS apps and custom applications.

More opportunities for developers

There are different aspects to developing with the ArcGIS platform, and 10.3 introduces new capabilities for developers across the board. First, web development gets better, more powerful, and easier with enhanced APIs, new layers for working with information such as real-time that is streamed into browsers, new visualization capabilities for working with these layers, and new functionality for working with proportional symbols and performing dot density mapping. All of this is available in the JavaScript API and in our web GIS developer model.

Another area that is new in 10.3 is the introduction of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, which not only allows users who are not developers to assemble applications, but also gives developers opportunities to build their own widgets that can be used with Web AppBuilder.

10.3 marks the beginning of a wave of releases that will further help developers build mobile applications using ArcGIS Runtime. This will allow developers to take advantage of the same technology that Esri uses to build our mobile applications including Collector, Explorer, and Operations Dashboard. These releases will expose the new 10.3 capabilities for working with 3D, real time, mapping, and offline to developers building native applications for the different mobile platforms.

Last but not least, developers working with ArcGIS Pro can leverage Python to automate tasks. Developers will also be able to extend ArcGIS Pro with add-ins using the ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET. This will be available in beta during the first quarter of 2015.

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By Sud Menon, Director of Software Development and Engineering

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  1. joabelb says:

    This 10.3 version is yet more slow to run than 10.2….Imagery takes forever to load

  2. jemohr22 says:

    My experience with ArcGIS 10.3 is:
    -ArcMap opens much faster, just 7 seconds
    -large complex maps redraw much faster, one in just 3 seconds as compared to 36 seconds in 10.2
    -I work with large complex databases that include numerous layers with custom symbology and multiple database table joins; everything is so much faster, almost instantaneous
    -I use several custom styles that include custom point, line and color symbology; the best improvement is the way custom colors appear in the color picker which displays the color swatches the way they are organized in the style file with the corresponding name appearing with a mouse over event

    for me 10.3 is excellent, very responsive

  3. bledarb says:

    When will 10.3 be available as a Trial ?

  4. warrenmedernach says:

    I see in My Organizations product list that ArcGIS Pro is still listed as ‘Prerelease’. Is this the current/final release version for 10.3?

  5. bill_mumbleau says:

    Are ArcGIS 10.3 product lines all available including the home use version of the desktop?

    • Yes, ArcGIS 10.3 is a full release of the ArcGIS platform. ArcGIS 10.3 for Home Use is available in the Esri Store:
      Please note that if you purchase ArcGIS 10.3 for Home Use today, you will be able to download the Prerelease version of ArcGIS Pro that is included with it and then upgrade to the final release when it becomes available in January. In fact, your one-year license of ArcGIS for Home Use will entitle you to all the software updates that will take place during the 12-month term of your license.

      Gisele Mounzer
      Product Marketing

      • geoff249 says:

        Hi — is this update availability new to the Home license? I purchased ArcGIS Home at version 10.2.1 in April, and don’t seem to have any way to download any version newer than 10.2.1. Thanks!

        • Yes, this update availability is new to the ArcGIS for Home Use license.

          • jreusser says:

            So if I purchased ArcGIS for Home Use last May before the update availability was added, will I still be able to download the 10.3 version or do I have to wait until my license expires and then purchase a new license? (I’m not seeing any versions later than 10.2.2 in my downloads.)

          • @jreusser: An Esri Customer Service representative will be reaching out to you to help you with this.

            Gisele Mounzer
            Product Marketing

  6. pdk001 says:

    When will ESRI make ARcGIS for home use available outside of the USA?

    Peter, UK

  7. ajay2007 says:

    Nice to see the progress on the Server side improvements and options. Hope the direction for Server Application focus more on the Flex and JavaScript APIs. There are more need on mobile/Tablet based .ASP.Net web workflow system integration with common architecture for function calls btw ASP and ArcGIS Server Applications..

  8. Ravindra Shekhawat says:

    Is there any release planned for ArcGIS RuntimeSDK Java with ArcGIS10.3

  9. moh_emran44 says:

    the screen Looks Like AutoCAD Map?

  10. danielkwin says:

    Will ArcGIS 10.3 support export to adobe illustrator?

    • ArcMap 10.3 and 10.3.1 support export to Adobe Illustrator just as previous versions of ArcMap did.

      ArcGIS Pro does not support export to the AI format.

      Be aware that the current Illustrator file format is and has been for some time proprietary, and not publicly specified. As such our Illustrator export is based on an older public specification of AI files. This means you may need to “import” them into current revisions of Illustrator and some elements may need to be converted to the new format.

  11. jimwinter says:

    How do I download 10.3?