There are a few themes that have come through with the evolution of Desktop analysis in ArcGIS. Firstly, the goal is to make analysis easy; with the emphasis being on building workflows rather than working on individual components. Secondly, the software has grown to really exploit more sophisticated hardware capabilities as well as parallel processing to make analysis faster. There are also numerous improvements to make performance and drawing more efficient. Finally, it’s all about having more accurate analysis, for example, using geodesic measurements rather than straight line for global scale data.
During our DirectionsLIVE 2015 roadshow, Web AppBuilder has been getting a lot of interest from both GIS users and developers looking to extend it. Was great to see that a lot of you are already using it within your portal (be it ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS, it’s embedded into both) and allowing your users the ability to build powerful interactive apps.
Here is a recording of the presentation for those that were unable to attend DirectionsLIVE 2015.
When I was a child, my favourite stories were about magic portals to another world – stepping through a wardrobe or looking-glass into a land of wonder and adventure.
In our working lives, we can have portals too – a place to share information, work together and discover unique insights about our business information. Traditionally working with geographic information has remained the domain of trained professionals using high-end Geographic Information System software to analyse spatial patterns in data and create useful information products for a business.
Whilst some people may enjoy the security of knowing that they have done something before and can therefore do it again, others find this work boring and unchallenging. Perhaps you have a repetitive task that is part of your work day routine, something you have done so many times you can allow your mind to wander and focus on more important things like what you’re having for dinner. Personally I dislike repetitive tasks about as much as repetitive music.
So in the interest of working smarter … I will be presenting a Tips & Tricks session at the Sydney Directions 2015 showing users how to automate workflows using ArcGIS Desktop Model Builder. For those who have not used Model Builder before you will see both how easy it can be to graphically create a model to automate your ArcGIS business processes, as well as how powerful using a model can be.
Sharing Content in Seconds is the last session in our technical program for DirectionsLIVE, and this is definitely a case of last, but not least! This session will reinforce the concepts presented in the rest of the program, and give you some tips that you can start using immediately.
If you’re involved in any kind of major event or natural disaster – as an ArcGIS user – you know your information products are in high demand, and critical to decision making. In this scenario, we’ll look at Rapid Damage Assessment following a Cyclone Event.
Most of you may have heard by now, there is new desktop GIS product from Esri in our midst – ArcGIS Professional, or “ArcGIS Pro”, being the generally accepted nick-name. Targeting the desktop GIS professional, this new 64-bit product is fast, responsive, and positioned to please. Based on a modern, multi-threaded architecture, “Pro” is truly able to leverage the processing power of a capable host machine, giving new life to high intensity GIS operations. ArcGIS Professional is included as part of the recent 10.3 release of ArcGIS Desktop.
ArcGIS Professional is not an ArcMap replacement, rather an ArcMap alternative, containing a subset of present ArcMap functionality, plus a range of new capabilities. It has its own new look and feel, and may be installed alongside existing Desktop applications, ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, and/or ArcGlobe. – Notable here, is that your existing Desktop install can remain at an earlier version, 10.1 for example, and ArcGIS Pro, fresh out of the box at 10.3, can happily co-exist installed on the same machine.
One of the most time consuming processes of map making is deciding how to communicate the intended message of your map and make it look good at the same time. Join us for a session on map making tips and tricks across three ArcGIS applications as we show you how to declutter and represent your intended information using a series of built-in automated tools and effects. Continue reading