Yesterday in the Esri Plenary Session Jack Dangermond, President and Founder of Esri, gave us some a sneak peak of some of the goodies we can expect with the ArcGIS 10.1 release scheduled for the first quarter of last year. For those like me not able to attend the UC or not able to view the record sessions, I thought I might share some of what I thought were highlights.

ArcGIS Desktop will be even more integrated with ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online. Publishing Maps will be as easy as right clicking and choosing to share. This will make it much easier to share data with others. Not only will you be able to share maps in 10.1 but you will also be able to share geoprocessing models as well using this same method creating model packages.

ArcGIS Desktop will have some other improvements. 10.1 will include Dynamic Legends. This means they will automatically resize based on the scale and size of the map. You will be able to track who edited which features using Feature Edit Tracking.

LiDAR data will now be supported. ArcGIS will support the use of LAS files. You will be able to use these as raster, tin or point cloud data. This will hopefully make LiDAR even more useful in GIS. This support was built on the new Dynamic Mosaicing functionality that will be introduced with ArcGIS 10.1. This new functionality according to Jack will allow users to easily and quickly access large amounts of raster data. Support has also been added for additional LandSat Imagery.

ArcGIS Server will be 64 Bit and have increased support for Linux. This will mean more power and faster performance. ArcGIS Server will also have several improvements in the web application side. It will now support web printing. Support for OGC tile and processing standards have also been included. It also looks like on the fly symbology will be part of the package for web apps. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint has also been increased. SharePoint users will be able to create GIS maps directly inside of SharePoint via the improved integration.

Well those were some of the highlights. There is more including improved 3D analysis, editing and visualization, new light weight runtime app similar to the old MapObjects, new enterprise database management tools, and support for IBM’s new Netezza.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
Keck & Wood, Inc.
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