Sharing via E-mail Video

Here’s a video showing the E-mail capabilities in ArcGIS Explorer 480. The video complements a previous blog post that presents a short tutorial on the same topic.

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Sharing via E-mail with ArcGIS Explorer

(View a video of how to share Explorer results via e-mail)

You’ve always been able to E-mail your saved or exported NMF files, but until the 480 release you’ve had to do that outside of Explorer. With the latest release (Explorer 480) you can now e-mail an entire map, a layer, or a result directly from ArcGIS Explorer. Here’s how.

To e-mail your entire map, go to File and choose E-mail (or hit Ctrl+E).

To E-mail a layer, right click the layer and choose E-mail. Note that the E-mail capability is only enabled for Web-based services that can be shared, not for local data sources that might not be available to the e-mail recipient.

There are several ways to e-mail a result. The first is to right-click the result in the result window and choose E-mail. You can e-mail a single result, or an entire group or results this way.

The second way is to right-click the result on the map, and choose E-mail. Here we’ve right-clicked a result that is the location of a live traffic cam in the Phoenix area.

The third way is to open the popup window for a result, and choose the E-mail Result option which appears at the bottom of the window. If you e-mail a result with its popup window open, when the recipient opens it the popup window will automatically appear. Here we’ve chosen one of the traffic cam results, and e-mailed it with its popup window open so the recipient will automatically see the current traffic conditions.

In each of the above cases, the NMF file is generated on-the-fly and automatically added to your e-mail as an attachment, along with some descriptive text. You can add your own message to the text that is automatically inserted, or clear the message and start your message from scratch. All the recipient needs is to have ArcGIS Explorer installed (there are instructions automatically inserted in the e-mail) and then double-click the NMF attachment to view it using Explorer.

For more information view the Sharing content with e-mail Help topic.

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Heat map

Question: I feel silly asking this but I can’t find the way to create “heat map” style surface representations in ArcMap. Can you help?

Answer: No problem, our profession is riddled with ambiguous terminology (one of the reasons I have a job).  The Spatial Analyst has a suite of interpolation tools, and the online help for this area is generally quite good.  The intro. help topic is called Understanding interpolation analysis and the related topics will get you to the rest of what you need to know.

From your follow up email, it sounds like you’ve got  point data which will be the input to any of the interpolation tools.  Read about the various methods and determine which tool is best for your needs.  You can either set an analysis mask or use the Raster Clip tool after the fact to trim the edges of your raster output to your geography (if needed–the values outside of your geography will become NO DATA).

From there it is just a matter of choosing a color ramp to represent that values in your raster output.  See the Hot Spot Analysis map on mapping center (panel #4) for an example of this process.

Attachment: Heat Map example
Formerly a Mapping Center Ask a Cartographer  Q & A.
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ArcGIS Explorer 480 Has Been Released!

The ArcGIS Explorer Team is pleased to announce that ArcGIS Explorer 480 has been released.

If the ESRI servers are your home servers, you’ll be notified that there is a new version available the next time you start the application. Just follow the instructions to download and install this new release.

For those that deploy Explorer from your own home servers, you’ll need to swap your versions and update your version.html file to push out the new release to your users. With this release we’ve reorganized the home server folder structure. Please refer to the Migrating from a previous version of ArcGIS Explorer Home Server documentation included in the new ArcGIS Home Server Help.

This release has lots of new features, check out the What’s New in ArcGIS Explorer 480 document for a detailed list of all the new features and enhancements. At the top of our list are improved performance, E-mail capabilities, support for GeoRSS feeds and enterprise geodatabases (ArcSDE), improved dashboarding, GPX file import, and there’s a lot more. We’ll be covering these in more detail here on the blog.

Feel free to send us your feedback, and let us know what you think. We’ll also be monitoring the Explorer discussion forum to help you with any questions that you may have.

- The ArcGIS Explorer Team

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2008 UC Featured Workshop: Getting Started with ArcGIS Server

ESRI International User ConferenceThe 2008 ESRI International User Conference is only six weeks away. This year’s conference offers dozens of ArcGIS Server-related technical workshops and demo theater presentations. Between now and the conference, we’ll be offering a sneak peek at some of these sessions.

Getting Started with ArcGIS Server is a high-level session designed to give an overview of what ArcGIS Server is and what you can do with it.

The presenters, Tom Brenneman and Canserina Kurnia have much experience authoring and teaching ArcGIS Server training courses for ESRI Educational Services. Tom comments:

“I think this session will help people make a mental connection between the tasks that they need to accomplish back in the office and the part of ArcGIS Server that is designed to accomplish that task. Once you know the technology that you can leverage to do your job, you can dig into that specific technology in other sessions.”

Getting Started with ArcGIS Server

  • Tuesday, August 5, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
    Room 6B
  • Wednesday, August 6, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
    Room 6B

UC Tip: The first offering of this session was very popular last year, so you may want to arrive early or attend the second offering.

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Strategy question: What is the best way to manage overflow annotation on street maps?

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

We got one of those perennial ‘tough nut’ questions on Ask a Cartographer today. The question has to do with using annotation versus on the fly labeling with Maplex and what are often called overflow labels, which I have also heard called “key lists”. While we are able to recommend tips and tools for specific circumstances or implementations, the person asking was more interested in what is the best strategy and why. So here’s their question: Continue reading

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New podcast discusses ArcGIS Server geodata services

A new podcast, “Overview of Geodata Services in ArcGIS Server”, is available on the ESRI Instructional Series Podcasts site. In this podcast, Technical Analyst Derek Law describes how geodata services provide remote access to geodatabases. He explains what geodata services can do, how to create them, and how to make sure they run effectively.

Read the transcript [PDF]
Listen or download: MP3 [10:49 | 4.97 MB]

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Road Ahead – Extending One-Way Replication

We’ve extended the one-way replication model at 9.3 to include file and personal geodatabases. So now when you are creating a one-way replica, the destination doesn’t have to be an ArcSDE geodatabase, it can also be a file or personal geodatabase.

This opens up a host of new replication scenarios since the child replica doesn’t need to be versioned or have SDE technology. This will also leverage one-way implementations such as production-publication scenarios or mobile users working in the field.

Here are a few more sources of information on replication topics:

  • Also, a new video in the 9.3 help system offers an example of how to create and synchronize replicas in a connected environment.


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Migrating Illustrator files (.ai) to ArcGIS

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to the USGS’s Digital Mapping Techniques (DMT) conference. Unless you do geologic mapping this conference is likely not on your radar, but suffice to say it worth the effort to get to Moscow, Idaho on many counts.  One is that I met Andrew Wunderlich, who gave a great and detailed presentation on how he has been migrating a base of Adobe Illustrator files to ArcGIS.  This question has appeared on Ask a Cartographer a number of times, where we’ve given a rather general answer.  Andrew got into the details, I know more than a few of your are faced with this task, so here is a link to the Powerpoint from Andrew’s presentation.  Andrew is also working on some additional notes and we will let you know via the comments on this posting when those are available.

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New Streaming Video: Creating and Using Notes

A new streaming video showing some of the things you can do with notes is now available. The video was produced by Jim Barry, Program Manager for the ESRI Developer Network, and shows Explorer team member Bernie Szukalski working through some note examples.

View the video

You may also want to check out some of the previous blog posts on notes.

Adding Photos and More to Note Popups

Liven Up Explorer with Live Content

And you can review the creating notes Help topic for additional information.

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