Category: ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online Map Services Migrating to Google Maps/Bing Maps Tiling Scheme

5/6/09—At the ESRI Developer Summit, ESRI announced that it would be
migrating its hosted ArcGIS Online map services to the Google Maps/Bing Maps (Microsoft
Virtual Earth) tiling scheme with the next major update in
2009. This change is in response to feedback from many ArcGIS users who
have requested that ESRI use a common map tiling
scheme matching other popular online map providers. The new services
will particularly enable ArcGIS web developers to more easily combine
popular web map services with ArcGIS Online map services including
those from Microsoft Virtual Earth, Google Maps, and other providers
that use the same web map tiling scheme.

ESRI will introduce the updated services with the next major update
of ArcGIS
Online map services planned for Q3 of this year. A few new map services
will be released in advance of the full service migration, which will
allow a preview of ArcGIS Online map services in this new tiling
scheme. ESRI will continue to host the existing ArcGIS Online map
services (e.g., World Street Map, World Imagery, etc.) in their
existing ArcGIS Online tiling scheme through Q1 of 2010 in order to
give users ample time to migrate their maps and applications to the new
services.

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Locators now available

3/16/09—Address locators for Europe and North America, and a world places locator are now available on the ArcGIS Online Task Server. These free tasks are available to use in your ArcGIS applications.

The geocoding and place finding capabilities are based on Tele Atlas 2008 reference data for North America and Tele Atlas 2007 reference data for Europe. The address locator services support single address, reverse, and batch geocoding of up to 1,000 batch geocodes in a year. For external commercial use of ArcGIS Online tasks, or if you want to perform more than 1,000 batch geocodes in a year, you must purchase a subscription.

For information on using the locators with the ArcGIS software of your choice, see Using free geocoding tools on the task server.

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ArcGIS Online System Updated to Resolve Connection Issue

3/6/09—ArcGIS Online was updated Friday night, March 6, to address an issue that was reported recently when connecting to ArcGIS Online map services in web applications. Common web application errors encountered were:

  • “An error occurred while processing your request.” or
  • “Client found response content type of ‘text/html’, but expected ‘text/xml’.”

If you experience any ongoing service availability or performance issues related to this change, please post a description of them to this blog or contact ESRI Support.

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UK Channel Islands, Portugal, and San Diego fire areas added to World User Imagery map

2/3/09—The World User Imagery 2D map and 3D globes, CSP_Imagery_World_2D and CSP_Imagery_World, were updated with imagery for the UK Channel Islands, Portugal, and San Diego County 2007 fire areas. The UK Channel Islands map content is 1m resolution, aerial imagery
provided courtesy of DigiMap Ltd. The Portugal map content is 1m
resolution aerial imagery for the entire country of Portugal, provided
courtesy of ESRI Portugal. The map content for San Diego County is 0.5m resolution aerial imagery for areas affected by recent fires, provided courtesy of San Diego County. Data are available for these regions at the 50K–4K scale ranges.

If you have previously used these services, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Desktop:

  1. Right-click the service in the table of contents.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Cache tab.
  4. Click the Clear Local Cache Now button, and click OK.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Explorer:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Expand Cache and click Disk Cache.
  3. Under Cache Clean Up, select All Caches.
  4. Click the Delete Cache button, and click Yes to confirm. ArcGIS Explorer will need to restart as part of this process.

How to clear the cache in ArcGlobe:

  1. Right-click the service in the ArcGlobe table of contents.
  2. Click Refresh. It may take several seconds for the cache to be cleared.
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San Bernardino County Imagery added to World User Imagery map

12/19/08—The World User Imagery 2D and 3D services, CSP_Imagery_World_2D and CSP_Imagery_World, were updated with imagery for San Bernardino County, California. The new map content is 1 foot resolution, orthorectified aerial imagery for the San Bernardino County valley area collected in April 2007, provided courtesy of the County of San Bernardino Information Services Department.

If you have previously used these services, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Desktop:

  1. Right-click the service in the table of contents.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Cache tab.
  4. Click the Clear Local Cache Now button, and click OK.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Explorer:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Expand Cache and click Disk Cache.
  3. Under Cache Clean Up, select All Caches.
  4. Click the Delete Cache button, and click Yes to confirm. ArcGIS Explorer will need to restart as part of this process.

How to clear the cache in ArcGlobe:

  1. Right-click the service in the ArcGlobe table of contents.
  2. Click Refresh. It may take several seconds for the cache to be cleared.
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World Street Map 3D service updated

11/14/08—The World Street Map 3D map service, ESRI_StreetMap_World, was updated on November 13 to
include more recent street data, enhanced cartography, and additional
coverage and levels of detail. Updates include:

  • Recent Tele Atlas data and AND mapping data for North America,
    Europe, and other areas.
  • Enhanced cartography (i.e., better hill shading, labeling, symbology,
    and colors).
  • Expanded coverage for international areas,
    including Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, and selected cities, such
    as, Ankara, Athens, Istanbul, Jakarta, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
  • Additional level of detail for large parts of Europe and
    selected urban areas in North America, Europe, and elsewhere.

If you have previously used the ESRI_StreetMap_World
service may need to clear your map cache in order to see the updates.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Explorer:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Expand Cache and click Disk Cache.
  3. Under Cache Clean Up, select All Caches.
  4. Click the Delete Cache button, and click Yes to confirm. ArcGIS
    Explorer will need to restart as part of this process.

How to clear the cache in ArcGlobe:

  1. Right-click the service in the ArcGlobe table of contents.
  2. Click Refresh. It may take several seconds for the cache to be
    cleared.
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ArcGIS Online Resource Center improvements

11/7/08—The ArcGIS Online Resource Center was updated on November 6, 2008, to make it easier to learn about the content available for use with your GIS applications:

  • Content tab: Learn about free maps, premium maps, and premium data products; compare the available imagery and street map services; and preview featured online content.
  • About tab: Find information about ArcGIS Online including advantages of using ArcGIS Online content, FAQs, available maps and data, Content Sharing Program, tasks, and system infrastructure. Information on available maps includes a description of the types of maps available, details on how to use free and premium maps, a licensing summary, map tiling scheme information, and common map attributes.
  • Blog tab: Learn about new content and updates to existing services.

NOTE: If you bookmarked links to any of the service descriptions, you need to update your bookmarks. The URLs for the service descriptions have changed.

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World Street Map 2D service updated

10/24/08—The World Street Map 2D map service, ESRI_StreetMap_World_2D, was updated this week to include more recent street data, enhanced cartography, and additional coverage and levels of detail. Updates include:

  • Recent Tele Atlas data and AND mapping data for North America,
    Europe, and other areas.
  • Enhanced cartography (i.e., better hill shading, labeling, symbology,
    and colors).
  • Expanded coverage for international areas, including Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, and selected cities, such as, Ankara, Athens, Istanbul, Jakarta, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
  • Additional level of detail for large parts of Europe and
    selected urban areas in North America, Europe, and elsewhere.

If you have previously used the ESRI_StreetMap_World_2D
service may need to clear your map cache in order to see the updates.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Desktop:

  1. Right-click the service in the table of contents.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Cache tab.
  4. Click the Clear Local Cache Now button, and click OK.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Explorer:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Expand Cache and click Disk Cache.
  3. Under Cache Clean Up, select All Caches.
  4. Click the Delete Cache button, and click Yes to confirm. ArcGIS
    Explorer will need to restart as part of this process.
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USA Prime Imagery 3D service updated

10/13/08—The USA Prime Imagery 3D service, I3_Imagery_Prime_World, was updated to include more
recent, high-resolution imagery. Updated imagery was provided by
i-cubed for approximately 40% of the continental United States for this
release. The updated imagery comes from a variety of sources, including
recent NAIP imagery for several states (e.g., Washington, Nevada, Utah,
Arizona, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, New York,  etc.) as well
as updates from Aerials Express for selected cities (e.g., Los Angeles,
San Diego, Phoenix, etc.). This update was applied for the most detailed, large scale levels below 1:50,000-scale for the service.

If you have previously used this service, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

How to clear the cache in ArcGIS Explorer:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Expand Cache and click Disk Cache.
  3. Under Cache Clean Up, select All Caches.
  4. Click the Delete Cache button, and click Yes to confirm. ArcGIS
    Explorer will need to restart as part of this process.

How to clear the cache in ArcGlobe:

  1. Right-click the service in the ArcGlobe table of contents.
  2. Click Refresh. It may take several seconds for the cache to be
    cleared.
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Upgrades to ArcGIS Online servers on October 10, 2008

10/10/08—On Friday, October 10, 2008, from 6 PM PST to midnight, ArcGIS Online will undergo system upgrades to improve our infrastructure. We anticipate minimal impact to your applications during this time, but you may need to reconnect to the ArcGIS Online
servers. However, if you experience any ongoing service availability or
performance issues as a result of this change, please post a description of
them to this blog.

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