Category: Python

ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 5

In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of ArcGIS, I’m happy to announce the release of ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 5

This Service Pack includes many fixes since the 10.0 release. Here is list of issues fixed in SP5. If you have any feedback or questions regarding this service pack, please post in the ArcGIS Resource Center Forums or contact Esri Support.

If you have additional enhancements or ideas that you would like to see included in future service packs or releases, please post them on the ArcGIS Ideas site.

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Downloadable tools for ArcGIS Server administration

With the release of version 10.1, automating administrative tasks on ArcGIS Server got a whole lot easier. The new ArcGIS Server Administrator API allows you to perform the same administrative tasks you can do in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server Manager. Because it’s a REST-ful API, you can programmatically build up URLs to make calls to the server to perform tasks.

Using this API, I’ve published a sample that puts server admin tasks into an ArcGIS toolbox and ModelBuilder. The ArcGIS Server Administration Toolkit (download), written with Python, provides a variety of tools that you can use to administer the server. For example, there are tools for starting and stopping services, modifying log settings, registering server object extensions (SOEs), and publishing services from service definition files. You can chain these tools together in ModelBuilder to complete a workflow, or you can run them in a one-off fashion directly from the toolbox.

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Be successful overlaying large, complex datasets in Geoprocessing

Spatial datasets often have large numbers of features.  Furthermore, these datasets may also contain individual features such as road casings that are very large and complex.

As a result of such large datasets, massive amounts of feature overlap (number of features and complexity of the overlapping features) within feature classes can result in a geoprocessing tool failure or poor performance.  These failures are often due to system resources limitations, mismanagement of resources, “bad” data, or massive overlap in an area that cannot be processed within the available resources.  Failure messages such as “Invalid Topology [4GB_FILE_LIMIT] “, or “Out of memory” can occur.  In rare cases, an application crash is possible.

At 10.1, significant work has been done for managing the processing of large complex data.  We have removed internal limitations and overhauled our overlay engine’s memory management.  Some overlay processes that previously failed can now complete successfully, and with reasonable performance.  However, following these guidelines and best practices should ensure your large overlay processes complete successfully.

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ArcGIS 10.1 Available Soon

The ArcGIS 10.1 Pre-release program has come to a close, and the final release of ArcGIS 10.1 is expected to be available in the next few weeks. Thanks for all the great feedback during beta and pre-release. The 10.1 release has lots of new and exciting capabilities. For more information on ArcGIS 10.1 visit http://www.esri.com/whatscoming. And for details on what’s new, check out this PDF that list all the new functionality.

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It’s coming – 6/12/12!

New Resource Center Home page

This Resource Center is getting a facelift and a fresh new look. We’re updating the color and styling of the website, adding tutorials for you to try ArcGIS, improving the gallery and video experiences, and much more.

We’ve been testing the website improvements as part of ArcGIS 10.1 Beta and Prerelease and now, in conjunction with its release, we’re ready to share the website improvements with everyone.

Click here to preview what’s coming. Then, on the evening of 6/12/12, the improvements will be applied to this website: http://resources.arcgis.com. All your bookmarks and page share will continue to work; some pages will just look a little different, and there will be lots of great new content.

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Aggregated Live Feed methodology: The next evolution

Have you ever wanted to add live weather, recent earthquakes, or perhaps current fire locations to your applications without writing any code?  Many of the projects we address in Esri Technical Marketing have this very requirement.

We tackled this challenge by using  what we call the Aggregated Live Feed methodology. This process downloads data from live sources such as NOAA and the USGS and aggregates it into a geodatabase, which is then served through ArcGIS Server as map services. You can see some of these feeds in action by visiting any of the ‘latest incident maps’ on the Esri Disaster Response site.

Recently we’ve developed a much simpler approach called ALF-Lite that doesn’t require specialized knowledge of the enterprise geodatabase or third-party components. This methodology can be deployed to any large or small environment that supports Esri’s ArcPy site package. Continue reading

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ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4) for English

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

ArcGIS Online web site

ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4) for English, is now available to our users for download via the ArcGIS Resource Center. This Service Pack contains performance improvements and maintenance fixes. Here are links to the downloads:

ArcGIS 10 SP4

ArcIMS 10 SP4

ArcSDE 10 SP4

Release Note: ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 4 for the other five languages (French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish) will be released in the next two weeks. A follow up blog entry will be posted to announce the availability once they are ready.

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Welcome to the new unified ArcGIS Blog

For the past few years the various ArcGIS product development teams have hosted a few dozen separate blogs covering the width of the ArcGIS system. Now we have pulled those together into a single ArcGIS Blog so that you can more easily browse, subscribe to, learn from, and stay up-to-speed on the latest information from all our engineers and developers. In addition, the single blog reflects ArcGIS as a system and allows us to better tell big picture implementation stories that we couldn’t in the fragmented system.

If you do want to narrow your focus, just click a Category (under Technical Communities and Industry Communities) or Tag to see the posts for that particular area. You should find a category or tag that matches up with the subject area for each of the old separate blogs. A few may have been overlooked or thought to be unnecessary. We appreciate your feedback on specific categories or tags that should be added to help focus in on subject matter that is of interest to you. Continue reading

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The New ArcGIS Discussion Forums MVP Program

Have a question?  Want to talk GIS? Looking for some good ideas?  Jump into the conversation!

A few weeks back we rolled out some new features that we hope will improve the forums’ usefulness.  One of the new features is the ability for those who post questions in the forums to rate the replies.  In addition, any logged in user can also join in and vote on the various replies and conversations in order to help us identify the best information, helping you find good information more quickly.  Another huge benefit to the new voting tools is that it helps us all identify, recognize, and reward those forums users who contribute the most helpful information.

Until June 2010, our old discussion forums (now archived) supported what we called the “Forums MVP Program”.  Once every 6 months we would identify the Top 10 members of the community and make them eligible for MVP recognition and some valuable prizes. Continue reading

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New Features for the ArcGIS Discussion Forums

Have a question?  Want to talk GIS? Looking for some good ideas?  Jump into the conversation!

A few weeks back we rolled out some features that we hope will improve the forums’ usefulness.  To be candid, we’re sure many would say that some of these features should have been there since day one, or at least long overdue, but we listened to what you wanted and found a way to get them in there for you to use.

Let’s start with the big one…

Community Voting
If you read something and you like it, give it a thumbs up!

Now any forum user can let the community know where the good information is. How you do it is simple. If you read a post or a reply and you think it contains some really good information, click the “up” arrow on the right. This is similar to the “Like” button in Facebook.

If we all do this, then the best posts will bubble to the top. If you want to read the entire thread you can, but if you need to most quickly find the good stuff, look at the posts that have a high score.

There is also a “down” arrow, but you can only use that to “Unlike” something you previously Liked.

If you find “The Answer”, give it a check!

If you started a thread with a question, then whichever reply you think is the best, give it a check. That will mark your thread as “answered” for all to see, and it will give some MVP points to the person who wrote it.

Two birds with one stone
Clicking the checks and arrows has two benefits:
1.    You are helping everyone find the best information.
2.    You are helping everyone recognize the best contributors.

One of the great things about any community is the trust earned by those folks who share their experience and help others. Some pros out there are always going to stick out, but these new voting tools are going to help find others who are just as helpful and useful who you might not yet know.

Discussions versus Q&A

When you start a new thread, you can let everyone know if you’re starting a discussion or if you’re asking a specific question. Discussions show up in the thread list with a yellow “D” icon and questions with a red “Q”.

When the original poster or a moderator identifies one of the replies as the best answer, the “Q” icon turns into a green “A”.

This helps you find answers more quickly, and if you want to jump in and let everyone know what you think, this helps you more quickly find questions that haven’t been answered yet.

Private Messages
Most of the time an open public discussion is a great way to get the best information, but sometimes you may want to take it off-line.

Up on the menu is a “Private Messages” link. Click that to see your Inbox or to send direct messages to other users. Also, clicking their name anywhere in the forums provides a pop-up you can use to send a message to them if they’ve activated it.

You can use the “Forum Actions > User Control Panel” menu to control who can send you messages.  You can turn it completely on, completely off, or limited to just those users in your Contacts list.

New Badges
Badges are a great way to find those folks who have been around the block a time or two. Anyone with more than 200 posts in the forums becomes a “Senior Member”, and of course anyone on the forums who works for Esri is badged as “esri” with a globe logo.

And when you see someone with a “Forums MVP” badge, you know you’re talking with someone the community has said has the best information and is most dedicated to your success. These are folks who have been voted by the community to be in the Top 10 of all contributors during any previous six-month MVP rating period. And once you’re an MVP, you’re always an MVP.

And more importantly, now that the new community voting tools have been included, it’s time to roll out the new MVP program. Watch this blog post next week for a description of the new rules, new standards, and a list of awards you can earn through all of your good effort. So jump in and help us figure out who the players are; maybe it’s you!

What’s Next?
The Advanced Search page gives you a lot of flexibility to build a complex search.  What we’re working on next is giving you the ability to save that search definition. This will be good for bookmarking and sharing. We’ve also heard that most users participate in some forums a lot, some forums a little and others not at all. We are going to improve your “What’s New” page so that it only includes those forums you want to browse. If there are any other improvements you’d like to see, reply here, or jump into the conversation on the Resource Center Site Feedback forum.

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