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Creating Map Books using Data Driven Pages

A few weeks ago, thousands watched a live training seminar on the new Data Driven Pages in ArcGIS 10.  If you missed this excellent live seminar you can watch it on demand from Esri Training.

Using the ArcGIS 10 Data Driven Pages feature, you can quickly and easily create a professional-quality map book from a single map document. This seminar teaches the workflow for using Data Driven Pages. The presenter also covers how to create an index layer from a feature layer and add dynamic text and locator maps to your map pages.

Who Should Attend
GIS professionals and cartographers working in utilities, transportation, public safety, and government mapping agencies and others who need to produce map books.

Key Points
The presenter discusses

  • Data Driven Pages, map books, index feature extents, and geoprocessing tools.
  • The process for building map books.
  • Updating, printing, and exporting map books.


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Esri European User Conference 2011


In just over a month, Madrid will host the 2011 European User Conference.  The preconference seminars and technical workshop agenda is now online so make your plans now to join us in Madrid. There will be several sessions for the ArcGIS Desktop user or developer looking to build their own desktop GIS solution.

If you are a desktop developer make sure and checkout the preconference seminar on ArcGIS Runtime.


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ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 3

ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 3 is planned to be available in October 2011. Here is the list of the planned fixes for SP3. We will be updating this list periodically with additions and other changes as we move closer to release.

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


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Drag and Drop Files on Your Web Map


With the
latest release of ArcGIS Online, you can now add shapefiles, text files (TXT
and CSV), and GPX files directly to your web map. You can drag data from
your computer onto your map or, with just the click of a button, add it to your
map in the ArcGIS.com
map viewer
 or ArcGIS
Explorer Online
. Once you’ve added your data, you can configure pop-up
windows and change the symbols.

When you
add your data to a web map, the ArcGIS.com map viewer and ArcGIS Explorer
Online automatically add the location information from your file, draw features
for each item, and store the information in the map.

addition to the above-mentioned formats, you can also add Open Geospatial
Consortium, Inc. (OGC), Web Map Service (WMS) layers to the ArcGIS.com map
viewer and ArcGIS Explorer Online. Simply click the Add button and
enter the URL to the service. The ArcGIS.com map viewer also supports the
addition of KML layers.

You can
share your data or saved maps in ArcGIS Online so others can find them and use
them to create their own maps and mashups.

 about adding features to your map, or watch a
short video.

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ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 Beta 1

The beta 1 release of ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 is now available.  If you have pre-registered for the beta program you should have gotten an email with instructions on how to download the beta software.  If you have not yet joined the program go to the new ArcGIS Beta Community site and sign up today.


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Beta 1 for ArcGIS 10.1

It’s beta 1 time for ArcGIS 10.1 if you have pre-registered for the beta program you should have gotten an email with instructions on how to download the beta software.  If you have not yet joined the program go to the new ArcGIS Beta Community site and sign up today.


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San Diego insider tips for User Conference attendees

With only a week to go before the start of the Esri International User Conference, we asked Rupert Essinger, a member of the ArcGIS development team who lives a few blocks from the Convention Center in downtown San Diego, to give us some insider tips about San Diego. (These recommendations are Rupert’s alone and are not official recommendations or endorsements from Esri).


Using the free ArcGIS Explorer Online web client, Rupert has made an ArcGIS web map containing his recommended places to go. You can also view this map in presentation mode, so click here to get the tour now! (Note: If you are viewing this blog with a device like the iPad which doesn’t support Silverlight, then click or tap this link to open the map, or this link to view it in presentation mode using the non-Silverlight ArcGIS.com map viewer).

All the ‘map’ links next to the locations mentioned below launch Rupert’s ArcGIS map and take you directly to those locations (through the magic of extent parameters) in the ArcGIS.com map viewer.

You’ll also find all the places mentioned below, and more, on the “A Place Where…in San Diego” map on the official Esri website for the UC. That’s a wiki map created using Flex that lets anyone add their own favorite places and discoveries onto the map too, so feel free to add to it if you have any recommendations to share.

Places to go in the evening
The Gaslamp Quarter (website) (map) along Fifth Avenue between Convention Center to the south and C Street to the north is the entertainment, dining and partying hub of San Diego, and everyone usually heads there first. Check out the famous Victorian commercial buildings. Martha Rodgers has meticulously mapped every establishment in the Gaslamp.

Immediately east of the Gaslamp Quarter is the East Village neighborhood (website) (map) where you’ll find some neighborhood style bars and restaurants with a local crowd that are less hectic than the ones in the Gaslamp. On G Street, try the inexpensive Zanzibar Café, The Neighborhood (with its own secret reservations-only speakeasy inside, called the Noble Experiment), and the popular French bistro Café Chloe. Closer to PETCO park, BASIC is a thin crust pizza place in an airy converted warehouse with a boat-like curved wooden ceiling typical of the industrial buildings in this area.

Top tip for place to go in the evening is the Little Italy neighborhood (website) (map) north of the Convention Center on India Street between Ash to the south and Hawthorn to the north. You can walk there or take a rickshaw, and it also has its own trolley station. This is a quieter, more relaxed alternative to the Gaslamp with some great modern architecture and many restaurants and cafes reflecting the area’s Italian heritage. Some recommended restaurants are Bencotto, Buon Appetito, Sogno Di Vino, the Indigo Grill, and, further south, the Karl Strauss Brewery. To the east of India Street be sure not to miss the amazing bakery/café Extraordinary Desserts where you can take your whole GIS team for a treat in a restored industrial building.

Places to go for breakfast or lunch
Here are some inexpensive places that are close to the Convention Center:

  • Brickyard Coffee and Tea is a relaxed neighborhood coffee shop with a large shady European-style patio that doesn’t get crowded. Freshly baked fruit muffins and breakfast burritos, and quiches, wraps etc for lunch. Opens 6am.
  • Café 222 has a full, eclectic menu in a quirky modern building by local architect Rob Quigley. Opens 7am.
  • The Mission a few blocks east beyond PETCO Park offers beautifully presented food and fresh baked goods in a historic building with an arty urban crowd (awesome cinnamon bread). Opens 7am.
  • Panera Bread in Horton Plaza is a reliable choice with free Wi-Fi. Opens 6am weekdays. 7am Sat/Sun.
  • Broken Yolk is a large diner on 6th Avenue. Opens 6am.
  • Richard Walker’s Pancake House offers huge breakfasts and lunches of pancakes, crepes, waffles, and omelets. Opens 6.30am.
  • There’s also Ralphs Supermarket which everyone who attends the UC tends to find eventually for snacks and to-go food and its large deli counter, salad bar, ready-made sandwiches, etc. Open 24 hours.

Places to go on a spare afternoon or day off
You’ll want to spend as much time as you can at the conference but here are two top tips for free time in San Diego.

La Jolla (website) (map) has the most beautiful coastline in San Diego and is your best bet for an afternoon or day at the beach or exploring the coast. La Jolla Shores beach is all-round the nicest beach in the area with excellent swimming, changing rooms, easy parking, harmless leopard sharks (at the south end of the beach on incoming tides), kayak and surf/SUP board rental shops one block away, etc. You can explore the rocky La Jolla Cove with its coastal trail, sea caves, and baby seals at Children’s Beach. You can also browse the shops, galleries and restaurants in trendy upscale La Jolla Village, or visit the excellent Birch Aquarium which is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A little further north the adventurous can find the Knoll at Scripps Coastal Reserve, a hidden gem with awesome views from the top of the 350ft+ sea cliffs (the highest in Southern California) and Torrey Pines State Reserve for hiking and exploring.

Mission Beach (website) (map) is the epicenter of beach culture in San Diego. It’s a peninsula with the ocean and lively boardwalk on one side, and peaceful Mission Bay Park on the other. Charming alleyways with tiny beach houses cross the peninsula. Mission Bay has a great bike/jogging path around the lovely Sail Bay in its northwest corner. Just to the north is the busy Pacific Beach commercial area and Crystal Pier, and just north of there is the quieter Pacific Beach, with its mellow surfing scene. This area is not as swimming friendly as La Jolla Shores because of the heavy shore break. A nice place to eat with a sea view is JRDN restaurant in the strikingly modern Tower 23 Hotel. You can rent sailboats, kayaks, and SUP boards, for use on Mission Bay, at the Mission Bay Sports Center. Belmont Park in the south part of Mission Bay is touristy and not recommended. For the adventurous a lovely long walk is to head north along Mission Beach, go up the steps at the far north end of Pacific Beach, and then walk through the Bird Rock neighborhood with its hidden coastal access paths to Windansea Beach.

How to get to La Jolla and Mission Beach without a car: A yellow cab can work especially if you have a group. Or take bus route 30 which leaves downtown San Diego up to 4 times an hour and goes to Pacific Beach, La Jolla Village, and La Jolla Shores. Alternatively take the Blue line trolley north from downtown or Green line trolley west from Mission Valley to the Old Town Transit Center. At Old Town, bus route 8 goes to Pacific Beach via Mission Beach, bus route 9 goes to Pacific Beach via SeaWorld San Diego, and you can also pick up bus route 30 to Pacific Beach and La Jolla. A $5 day pass is good for all trolleys and bus routes.

Note: shuffle your feet while wading at La Jolla Shores or Mission Bay to avoid treading on a sting ray. They are  common in the summer.

Have a great time at the conference!

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New release of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

There is a new release of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.  The build 1700 is now available for download and has several new features and improvements. Checkout this blog post on the ArcGIS Explorer blog to learn more about the new release.


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What's next for ArcGIS Desktop

After several months of hard work, the Desktop Team, is about to release beta 1 of ArcGIS 10.1.  We encourage everyone to get involved with the beta program.  For more info on beta see this post.

For more information on the themes for 10.1 checkout this new online article from ArcNews

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The Road Ahead for ArcGIS

The primary theme for ArcGIS 10.1, which is expected to be released in early 2012, is sharing and collaboration. Users will find that this release makes it simpler to put mapping and geospatial analytics into the hands of more people without requiring that they be GIS experts. ArcGIS users will be able to deliver any GIS resource, such as maps, imagery, geodatabases, and tools, as a web service. The ability to access these services will be built into ArcGIS, as well as any application built with one of the ArcGIS APIs.

With this release, cloud computing—both public and private clouds—will play an increasingly critical role in how users get their work accomplished. ArcGIS software will take advantage of the powerful, scalable, and ubiquitous nature of cloud infrastructures to store and distribute geospatial content. Users will be able to easily package their maps and layers and make that content available to staff, stakeholders, partners, or the public via online groups while maintaining complete control and ownership of their content. Additionally, users will be able to quickly deploy GIS servers in the cloud when they need them as fully functional production systems for publishing services and supporting desktop, mobile, and web applications.

At 10.1, ArcGIS for Server will run natively on 64-bit operating systems. Users will notice significant performance improvements for activities such as web editing, map caching, spatial analysis, finding addresses, and using imagery.

Imagery will also be better integrated into the core of ArcGIS. ArcGIS will not only make it simpler to use imagery but also support more imagery sources, as well as lidar and radar.

An exciting addition to ArcGIS at 10.1 will be ArcGIS Runtime, which lets developers create and deploy focused, stand-alone GIS applications for desktop users, who have been asking for a small, lightweight deployment that, in terms of capabilities, fits between ArcGIS Engine and the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs. The new runtime is designed for both desktop and cloud development. It has a fast display and does not require installation; it can be run directly from a CD. The learning curve for the new runtime is expected to be very gentle for developers familiar with the web APIs.

In addition to these enhancements to ArcGIS, Esri has also concentrated on providing core GIS tools to help users create better maps. These tools range from dynamic legends to contextual generalization, the ability to track edits, parcel editing tools, analysis tools, and a whole lot more.

Finally, as Esri moves toward ArcGIS 10.1, Python is becoming foundational to ArcGIS. It essentially bridges the gap between GIS analysts and programmers.

We will be sharing more and more about what’s coming in ArcGIS 10.1 over the next few months so check back often.

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