Tag: Help

What’s new in ArcGIS Enterprise documentation?

A screenshot of video offerings in the Enterprise home page.

The ArcGIS Enterprise documentation team is really excited to announce we’ve redesigned our web help experience for 10.6. As technical writers, we know our help documentation and product pages are essential tools for you, our users. We’re always striving toward … Continue reading

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Help content for ArcGIS 10.4 is live!


While your laptops, desktops, and servers are not running ArcGIS 10.4 yet, you can get a not-so-sneak peek at the documentation for ArcGIS 10.4 right now. Last week we updated the ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server websites to incorporate … Continue reading

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3D Training options and learning exercises


Whether you are new to working in 3D and are looking for a place to get started (like a class or exercise), or are a seasoned user of ArcGIS, there are always opportunities to grow in your training and learning … Continue reading

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ArcGIS API for iOS 2.0 Released!!

The Mobile Team released version 2.0 of the ArcGIS API for iOS today!

Using the ArcGIS API, you can bring your native iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch applications to life by embedding ArcGIS capabilities into them.

The 2.0 release builds upon the success of the 1.8 release and brings the power of ArcGIS Online’s latest update to your mobile device.

Here are a couple of the latest enhancements to the API:

  • Embed Popups into your application
  • Leverage the new Attachment Manager to simplify how you embed media into your applications

If you have any questions regarding the use of the API, please post to our user forum. For general inquires, email the dev team at arcgis4iphone@esri.com.

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Using Esri's Online Help Systems on your iPhone or iPad

We get a lot of feedback from our user community wanting to learn more about ArcGIS from the help systems available on resources.arcgis.com using Safari on their iPad’s and iPhones.

Here are a couple of important tips that will make your experience even better:

1. How to scroll pages in the Help System

When you browse to the help systems we quite often are asked the
following – “How do you scroll the page?”. “I can pinch to zoom in and
out but when I swipe my finger up and down it doesn’t scroll?”. Why are
the help systems not iPad friendly??

Actually they are. You simply need to learn a new touch gesture! It is a “two finger swipe”. Simply place 2 fingers on top of the frame you wish to scroll and swipe up/down. This will let you scroll a page either on your iPhone or iPad using the Safari browser.

For more details on this, visit the following Safari Support Topic from Apple.

2. Add A Help System To Your Home Screen

You can add the location of your favorite help system to your home screen so you don’t have to browse to it using Safari. Simply tap on the Action button as shown below and tap “Add to Home Screen”. This will create an icon on the home screen of your device that acts as a shortcut to the Help System you want to read about.

See Apple’s iPhone Tips and Tricks site or visit an Mashable’s Top 10 Tips and Tricks for iPad (see #5).

Mobile Team

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Developer help expanded for .NET server object extensions

Some of you have heard of Server object extensions (SOEs) and taken advantage of them in your work. SOEs allow you to use ArcObjects to expand the base functionality of ArcGIS Server services. SOEs are for experienced developers and require knowledge of various development platforms. However, developing an SOE just got a bit easier thanks to a developer help update to the Server object extensions book that became available yesterday.

The update significantly expands the explanation of what an SOE is and when you need one. It adds a book on  developing SOEs as REST Web services. It also contains more direction on how to register SOEs with ArcGIS Server and guidelines to follow when developing SOE property pages.

The new help is conceptual with code snippets. The existing walkthroughs and downloadable samples are still available, and as part of our expansion of this section we hope to add more samples in the future.

Contributed by Sterling Quinn of the ArcGIS Server development team

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Getting started with Python map automation

ArcGIS 10 provides a new Python mapping module (arcpy.mapping) that
allows you to interact with the contents of map documents and layer
files without necessarily needing to interactively open an ArcMap
session.  The methods, properties and functions available in this new
map scripting API enable you, for example, to automate changing data
sources, modify layer properties, export and print maps, as well as
automate the creation of thematic maps and map series.  Because the new
mapping module is part of the ArcPy geoprocessing framework, scripts can
be used within ArcGIS Desktop but also published to ArcGIS Server as
geoprocessing services making it much easier to make mapping and
printing capabilities available on the server.

The following links are resources that will help you learn more about
arcpy.mapping as well as sample scripts available for download:

  •  A “Python Scripting for Map Automation in ArcGIS 10
    video presented at the 2010 Developer’s Summit is an excellent starting
    point.  This presentation not only introduces arcpy.mapping but also
    demonstrates many of its use cases. 
  • ArcGIS Desktop help has a complete section dedicated to the ArcPy mapping module.  Embedded within the help are over 100 different, practical help samples that can be copied/pasted into your applications.
  • Approximately 20 script tools that perform routine map and layer management tasks, printing and exporting, as well as basic cartographic operations
  • A script tool
    that combines Data Driven Pages, arcpy.mapping, and the ReportLab site
    package to generate a map series that includes index pages
  • A script that automatically repositions a locator map on a page layout avoiding overlap with underlying features.
  • A script that calculates adjacent page numbers to be used for a map series.
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New tips posted for migration to ArcGIS Server 10

Migration to ArcGIS Server 10 was one of the most common topics we encountered at this year’s Esri International User Conference. The best source of information on migration is the help topic Migration to ArcGIS Server 10. Scroll down to the end and you’ll see a new section we added in response to some of your UC queries. This section is titled “Common Migration Questions”, and it tackles issues such as:

  • How does migrating to ArcGIS Server 10 impact my JavaScript, Flex, or Silverlight applications?
  • In what order should I upgrade different ArcGIS components?
  • Should I upgrade my operating system at the same time I upgrade ArcGIS Server?

This section may be expanded in the future as we hear more of your questions and experiences about migration to ArcGIS Server 10.

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ArcGIS Desktop Tips and Shortcuts handout updated for v10

The popular ArcGIS Desktop Tips and Shortcuts handout has been updated for version 10 and is available online at



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Podcast on Desktop 10

If you have found this blog you probably already know something about ArcGIS Desktop 10 but in case you want to listen to the highlights, checkout this recent podcast

There was no way I could cover all of the new features of ArcGIS 10 in 13 minutes so for more information make sure and visit http://www.esri.com/whatscoming and this help topic online.

Hopefully you have also noticed that we’ve changed the style and formatting of this blog but let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback.

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