Author Archives: Brittany D

About Brittany D

Professional Services Consultant at Esri Australia

How To: Set Up an ArcGIS Developer Subscription (ADS)

ArcGIS Developer Subscriptions (ADS) are a cost-effective way to license multiple ArcGIS products and tools for developing solutions. Many users acquire an ADS to develop custom GIS applications for existing technologies and workflows. Note: An ADS is formerly known as an EDN (Esri Developer Network) License!


There are five different types of subscriptions on offer including:

  • A free “Essentials” unlimited subscription;
  • Or a yearly purchased subscription that includes additional ArcGIS software for development and testing of applications:
    • Builder (includes Desktop Basic)
    • Professional (Desktop Basic + Extensions + Enterprise Advanced)
    • Premium (Desktop Standard + Extensions + Enterprise Advanced)
    • Enterprise (Desktop Advanced + Extensions + Enterprise Advanced + Additional ArcGIS Server Capabilities)


With a yearly ADS you will receive:

  • A Developer Subscription (account for;
  • An ArcGIS Online Development and Test Organisation (new Organisation for with 5 named users for testing your developed applications and a single ArcGIS Pro Named User License);
  • And Licenses (ArcGIS Desktop, and/or ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Engine) associated with your ADS subscription level in My Esri.


The following post will run through how to set up each of these components once you have purchased a yearly subscription:

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R-ArcGIS Bridge – Improving methods of statistical analysis in ArcGIS

The R-ArcGIS Bridge is a little-known secret to improving your methods of geostatistical analysis. By integrating ArcGIS and R you can have the best of both geospatial and statistical platforms. With the R-ArcGIS Bridge you and I can now perform and visualise comprehensive statistical analysis directly in ArcGIS Desktop.


Why would you use R?

R is a powerful platform for solving big data science problems. R is both an open source language and programming environment, widely used for statistical analysis. R offers an online repository with 6,400 statistical problem-solving packages.

The R-ArcGIS Bridge is a way to load your spatial data into R, or, create custom Geoprocessing Tools in ArcGIS that leverage the capabilities of R. The Bridge can be directly connected to either ArcGIS Pro (version 1.1+) or ArcMap (10.3.1+), and R (3.1+) or RStudio. The R-ArcGIS Bridge can then be used with pre-existing tools written in R, without the need to learn any code!

There are several uses of R-ArcGIS Bridge:

  • Use R functions to read and write spatial data
  • Convert between data types
  • Solve complex geostatistical problems
  • Write, configure, and modify an R script to be executed from a Geoprocessing tool
  • Share an R script with others as a toolbox


How do I get started?

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