Category: 3D GIS

An ArcGIS Earth overview at version 1.2

Now that the 2016 UC is over and we’ve got a little more breathing room, we wanted to respond to some of the feedback that we got asking for more overview information on ArcGIS Earth.

If you haven’t downloaded ArcGIS Earth yet, it’s free to use to access local files and publicly shared data.  You can get the current version here:

ArcGIS Earth is a lightweight, easy-to-use globe viewer that lets you interact with a variety of GIS information.  Earth is now at version 1.2.1 and has had three full production releases on our quarterly production schedule.  We intend to continue to release the application rapidly to allow us to respond to customer feedback.  We also recently extended the support to make sure that each version will be in Mature Support for one year after the next version is released.

Instead of listing out all of the interface features of Earth, here’s a quick (3 min.) video that will give you a look at how to use Earth when you first launch it:

With Earth, you can:

  • Navigate and explore the globe
  • Add map data
  • Sketch simple shapes and export them as KMZ
  • Save and send map images
  • Personalize navigation, measurement, and other settings

We’ve attempted to make Earth easy to use, including by allowing users to add data through drag-and-drop and by finding data in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.  We’re also working to establish closer relationships with partners such as Vricon and PLW Modelworks to enable users to have better access to a wider variety of content.  Don’t forget that Earth can use Drone2Map data, too!

For a look at how easy it is to add data into ArcGIS Earth, take a look at this video (10 min.):

For a deeper dive into the Earth documentation, you can always find it here.

Please keep the comments and questions coming in. We encourage you to post ideas and questions on our GeoNet forum.

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Troubleshooting Performance Issues in ArcGIS Pro


ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit, multi-threaded application that takes advantage of modern computing architecture.  That architecture is a big advantage for ArcGIS Pro, but it does make it a little harder to troubleshoot performance issues when they do occur.  This … Continue reading

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Scene Viewer Tip: Daylight


Continuing with our Scene Viewer tips and trick series, with the latest release of ArcGIS Online, we are going to focus on one of the cool new features in Scene Viewer which can really add value to your scenes: the … Continue reading

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Using 3D web scenes in Story Maps


A scene allows you to visualize and analyze geographic information in an interactive 3D environment. Using ArcGIS Pro you can author and publish scenes. Scenes can also be authored and viewed using the scene viewer, a built-in ArcGIS Online application. … Continue reading

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The Space Time Cube Explorer Add-in for ArcGIS Pro has been Released!


We are excited to share the new Space Time Cube Explorer Add-in for ArcGIS Pro 1.3, which greatly enhances the way you can interact with and explore your space-time cubes created using the Space Time Pattern Mining toolbox. You can … Continue reading

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What’s New in the ArcGIS Pro 1.3 SDK


ArcGIS Pro 1.3 is now available, and with it updates to the Pro SDK.  You can install the new Pro SDK update right from within Visual Studio accessing the Visual Studio Gallery (recommended) as seen below, or you can download … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro turns 1.3 today

ArcGIS Pro turns 1.3

See what’s new in today’s release of ArcGIS Pro 1.3, find out how to get the software, and learn how to use it. What’s new at ArcGIS Pro 1.3 The latest release number is 1.3, but in software development years, … Continue reading

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Game-changing CityEngine 2016 released

CityEngine 2016 Logo

CityEngine 2016 has arrived.  With the CityEngine 2016 release, we have introduced some game-changing new features that will make your 3D content creation world quite a bit easier. Build cities in minutes with ‘Get map data’ interface We present the … Continue reading

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DigitalGlobe Partners with Esri to update World Imagery


Over the last ten years, the GIS community has seen an explosion of beautiful, high-resolution multi-spectral imagery, with very rich color fidelity, and very high pixel resolution.  Lawrie Jordan, Esri’s Director of Imagery, has called this platinum age of imagery: … Continue reading

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New at the UC 2016 Map Gallery: ArcGIS Pro Interactive Map Wall

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 ArcGIS Pro Interactive Map Wall New at this year’s User Conference Map Gallery will be the ArcGIS Pro Interactive Map Wall. The Map Gallery has been a long time feature of the User Conference that is dedicated to showcasing user maps. … Continue reading

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