Ten More Reasons to Get ArcGIS 10.1

Ismael Chivite reviews the top ten productivity improvements for ArcGIS 10.1.

Jul 23rd, 2012

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00:01Well, the next demonstration is an annual favorite.

00:03It needs no other introduction other than saying, The Top 10 Countdown of productivity improvements.

00:10So please welcome Ismael Chivite.

00:13Thank you, John. Thank you, John.

00:18Ranking number 10 in the ArcGIS for Server and Desktop countdown is labeling.

00:23Many of you are familiar with the standard labeling engine in ArcGIS.

00:27It will allow you to display text on your maps.

00:30While this engine is okay for many, it won't be enough for the most challenging maps.

00:36You can tell I have some missing labels and other posting problems here.

00:41Well, the standard labeling engine has really no comparison with Maplex.

00:46Maplex is an advanced, rule-based text placement engine.

00:50It will allow you to create more beautiful maps and, of course, get rid of many of these issues that you would see...

00:57...with the standard labeling engine.

00:59The reason for this is that Maplex leverages many advanced options so you can better control the positioning of your labels...

01:08...set conflict resolution rules, and also assign fitting strategies for your text.

01:15The news in 10.1 is that you can set this labeling engine as the default for all of your maps...

01:22...because in 10.1, Maplex is included with all editions of ArcGIS Desktop.

01:34Number 9 is about better legends, and watch out if you create map books.

01:39Legends as you know them today are static.

01:42They will typically display all the legends on your data.

01:46In 10.1, however, we can play a little trick.

01:50With it, you will be able to make sure that all the classes displayed in your legend...

01:59...give me a second here; my hand's a little bit shaky.

02:03We will make sure that the classes displayed in your legend are exactly the ones that show up in your map.

02:11We call these dynamic legends.

02:22Number 8 is representative of the many desktop enhancements to make your life much easier.

02:29Say you want to set the coordinate system of your map.

02:32Up until 10.1, you will need to navigate over 4,967 coordinate systems that we ship with the software.

02:40In 10.1, you can simply type in a keyword, such as UTM, and there you go.

02:49If you clapped, it's probably because you know your UTM zone by heart, but for those of us that don't, like me...

02:56...I'm going to use the new spatial filter capability to make sure only the UTM zone that is relevant to my map shows up.

03:09If you administer geodatabases, you are really going to love number 7.

03:13We have added a new dialog in ArcGIS Desktop.

03:16It's called the Geodatabase Administration dialog.

03:19It will show you all the tables, all the versions in your database as a table but also as a tree view.

03:29You will be able to find out who is connected to your database, from which machine and since when, and if that is not enough...

03:36...you can right-click on a connection and view the logs, what is logged on your table.

03:43And this is what I really love.

03:45If you have the permissions and you really, really need it, you can go ahead, right-click, and disconnect the user.

04:00Number 6 is about editing enhancements in ArcGIS Desktop.

04:03I'm going to share with you a couple of things.

04:05The first one is my favorite new tool in the editing environment in 10.1.

04:10It's called Align To Shape.

04:12Let me show you how it works.

04:14First, you are going to define a shape.

04:17This is the shape you want other features to align to. Done.

04:25Next, you are going to define the features that are going to align to your shape, say these forestry polygons.

04:33Look carefully at the map as I change the snapping tolerance from 5 meters to 15 to 30.

04:44Exactly what I needed.

04:46I'm going to align and close.

04:55The second aspect I really like about editing in Desktop in 10.1 is called editor tracking.

05:00The beauty of editor tracking is that when you enable it in your databases...

05:04...we are going to keep track of what people do on your data.

05:08So as I was making changes in this database, look at this polygon: my name is associated now with the feature...

05:15...telling that I changed the feature for the last time, and also the time at which the transaction happened.

05:22Do you like that?

05:29Number 5 is close to number 6, but it works on your mobile device and also on the web.

05:38I'm going to log in to this web-based mapping application.

05:41I will use my credentials, and now that the system knows who I am, I can go ahead and start adding features to the database.

05:51Now, you will notice that as I add this new feature, the system is automatically associating my name with the feature.

05:59That is editor tracking on the web.

06:03Now, the web is going to take editor tracking one step farther.

06:08You can enable something that we call ownership-based data access control.

06:12It's a little bit mouthful, but it really means that you will be able to control who can edit what.

06:19So yesterday, I created this feature; hence, it belongs to me, it has my name in it.

06:24I'm going to click on it and just change an attribute. Easy.

06:29This feature belongs to Joe.

06:31I'm going to click on it to change its attributes.

06:34Not possible; it's read-only for me.

06:36The only person that can change this feature is actually Joe.

06:40So I'm going to log in again into the application, now using Joe's credentials.

06:46I will click on Joe's feature, and now I can edit it.

06:58Number 4 is about a better server.

07:01ArcGIS Server 10.1 ships with an entirely new architecture.

07:06It is 64 bit, it's much easier to install, administer, and configure.

07:12This new server has been optimized so it works better in highly virtualized environments and also in the cloud.

07:20Number 3 is about performance, performance, performance.

07:24I will show you three examples where the speed of GIS services in 10.1 is going to be completely redefined for you.

07:33In the first one, I'm going to put 10.1 side by side with ArcGIS 10...

07:38...and I'm going to compare the speed of geoprocessing services, particularly viewshed.

07:44Three, two, one.

07:49You can tell it's faster.

07:53Of course, this means higher throughput, better scalability, but also new user experiences.

08:01Look at the viewshed; look at how I can perform on-the-fly analysis as I change the elevation of the tower.

08:08Raster analysis on the fly.

08:13In the second example, I don't think I need to compare anything, because it speaks by itself.

08:26This is routing on a network dataset that has over 120 million streets.

08:31And this one is interesting. In this case I'm displaying dynamically 150,000 customers in this map.

08:38The chart is aggregating the customers by type and also is aggregating the total revenue within the extent.

08:44The map and the chart are connected, so every time I change the map, we send a spatial query to the database...

08:51...and we get the chart updated.

08:54To really appreciate the speed of these spatial data queries, I'm going to draw a custom area of interest.

09:12Now, I have a little button here; it's called Go Big.

09:17With this button, I can move from 150,000 to 50 million features.

09:24That's what I'm displaying here, 50 million customers.

09:29Now let's do the simple query again.

09:33You see that?

09:40Number 2 is about functional enhancements.

09:42Of course, ArcGIS Server 10.1 ships many.

09:45I want to share with you just one.

09:47In this case, I have a web application.

09:49It's showing some basemaps and operational layers on top.

09:52I also can add some annotations; those are just graphics.

09:57I'm going to use a new tool, an enhanced printing tool that ships with ArcGIS Server 10.1.

10:04I'm going to set a title for my map.

10:10I'm going to define which ArcMap layout I want for my map.

10:15I want to set the format and also the exact scale at which I want to print my map on paper.

10:23This is leveraging a completely out-of-the-box new print service for ArcGIS Server.

10:28No more coding to create high-quality printouts on the web.

10:38Now, number 1, can you guess?

10:41We have been talking about it the whole morning.

10:43Number 1, of course, is sharing.

10:45Why? Well, because with sharing, all the components of ArcGIS really come together.

10:51For you ArcGIS Desktop users, we have enhanced the way you can share your work on the web.

10:56It's as simple as sharing as a service, from maps to geoprocessing models.

11:02That is very important, but almost more importantly is the new experience that ArcGIS 10.1 delivers to you...

11:10...ArcGIS Online, so you can make your work much more accessible to people within your organization.

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