ArcGIS Apps including Explorer for ArcGIS with Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson shares the development efforts taking place for ArcGIS apps.

Jun 28th, 2014

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00:01Simple, focused apps are becoming more and more important in today's world.

00:07These apps build on and leverage the ArcGIS platform.

00:10They complement the professional ArcGIS desktop applications that we use every day.

00:17To tell us a little bit more about some of the development efforts in this world of apps...

00:22...please welcome from the development team, Jeff Jackson.

00:31Good morning. I'm Jeff Jackson, and I'm engineering lead for the apps group at Esri.

00:38Our mission is to build focused, compelling apps that leverage and extend the ArcGIS platform.

00:44For our mobile products, we're moving away from building a single app that tries to do everything...

00:50...and moving to smaller, more focused apps that do a few things really well.

00:55We released a couple of apps in December, the Operations Dashboard and Collector...

01:01...and based on your feedback, they've been very successful.

01:05Since their initial release, we've had a number of updates, and we're currently working on some new capabilities...

01:10...that I know you're really going to like.

01:13Now, in addition to those apps, we're working on some others.

01:16And I'd like to introduce one of those apps to you today - Explorer for ArcGIS. 00:01:23

01:28...and some new capabilities.

01:31And we're building Explorer as a native app, so that means it will be available on iOS, Android, Windows, and the Mac.

01:41Now I'd like to - yeah, the Mac; that's pretty good.

01:46I'd like to show you just a few of the many capabilities of Explorer right now using my iPad.

01:55So when I start Explorer, I'm automatically signed in to my online account and presented with my home screen.

02:02You can think of the home screen as your personalized featured maps gallery.

02:07It's your view of your organization, and it contains the maps that you work with on a regular basis.

02:13So let's open one of my maps.

02:16Now, this is a map of Riverside, and if you've used the existing mobile apps, this should look very similar.

02:24You've got a map that takes up the majority of the screen, and then up along the top...

02:29...we have a toolbar that contains a number of tools that you'll recognize.

02:33I'm not going to go through every tool, but we can look at a few.

02:36This is the Bookmarks tool, and I might zoom into an area.

02:39You can see that when I do that, I get some additional layers that are turned on.

02:43I could use the Layers tool, maybe turn off the land base.

02:48Now, another tool that you'll recognize is a search tool, and I'm going to use that to search for a street address in Riverside.

03:04Alright. Now, let me clear the search results out, and let's take a closer look at the hint text of that tool.

03:11It says, Place or Hydrant ID.

03:13A new feature of Explorer is the ability to search not only for places and addresses but also for features on your map.

03:22So, the red dots are my hydrants, and I happen to know an ID of one of those guys so let's search for it.

03:34So there's our fire hydrant.

03:35So that's the real power of GIS that you can take with you.

03:39It's not just about maps.

03:41It's about your data, your GIS features, and being able to work with them wherever you go.

03:48Alright, let's take a look at another map.

03:52This is a map of hiking trails in the US.

03:59Now, you might notice that the tools in this map are a little different than the previous one.

04:04So with Explorer, the map author has the ability to configure the tools that are included with the map.

04:11This map also contains a presentation, so you'll notice that there's a slide title displayed at the top.

04:16And down here at the bottom, there's a toolbar that I can use to navigate through the slides.

04:21So let's just navigate to the next slide.

04:23We see a hiking trail at Mount Rainier.

04:25We'll go to the next slide.

04:28Now, I use the term "slide," but keep in mind, these are not static images; these are live maps.

04:33So as I'm performing my presentation, I can interact with the map.

04:37So I might want to zoom in on this trail to show a little bit more detail.

04:41And I also have access to all the tools.

04:43So maybe I'll use the Sketch tool and, you know, highlight an area of the trail that needs some maintenance.

04:50So that's map presentations...

04:52...a great way to use a map to tell a story, and with Explorer that's now available for mobile devices.

05:01Now up until now, we've looked at how you can use maps, but a key part of Explorer is the ability to author and edit maps.

05:10So I'm going to open up a map that I created earlier and didn't quite finish.

05:14You can see that this map has some issues.

05:16There's a basemap that's pretty distracting; I actually have a point layer that's obscured by those polygons.

05:22So let's fix this map.

05:25So I'm going to edit the map, and you'll notice that when I'm editing in Explorer, the application looks a little different.

05:32So we've done a lot of work to isolate the map authoring experience from map use.

05:39And when I'm authoring the map, I need some additional tools, and those are contained in this panel here on the left.

05:43So let's use those to fix up this map.

05:47So the first thing I'll do is I'll choose a better basemap, and you can see that that wells layer is below the polygon... let's just pick it up and move it.

05:58And maybe we'll increase the transparency on those polgyons, as well.

06:03So the map is starting to look a little bit better.

06:06But if I made a mistake along the way, Explorer has full support for Undo.

06:11So I can undo that transparency change, I can undo the layer reorder, and then I can use Redo to get back.

06:19In addition to setting up the basemap and the layers, I can also create bookmarks...

06:25...and I can configure the tools for this map.

06:28So, because I'm the map author I can decide that, you know, I'd like to include the Sketch tool...

06:33...and the Search tool, but maybe not the Measurement tool.

06:38When I get the map the way I want it, I'm done, I can just save the changes, and you'll see the map is updated.

06:46So that's map authoring in Explorer, a first for our mobile products.

06:58Now before I open up the next map, I'm going to go into Settings and flip on Airplane Mode and we'll go back to Explorer.

07:08So I no longer have network access, but I can still work with my maps.

07:12So I'm going to open up this map of San Diego.

07:16And let's just zoom in a little bit.

07:19You'll notice that even though I'm offline, I still have a great-looking map.

07:24As I zoom in, I have some data different layers that are displayed.

07:28I can see that I've got dynamically placed labels, and you can see that the rendering is really fast.

07:34I also have access to all my tools.

07:36So I'll use the GPS tool and just cruise over to our current location here.

07:41So whether you're connected or disconnected, you can do all this stuff with your maps.

07:48This is Explorer for ArcGIS.

07:50The team's really excited about the project, and we're looking forward to getting your feedback this week. Thank you.

08:03Thanks, Jeff.

08:04Explorer for ArcGIS is really exciting to so many of us.

08:08It's bringing together the best of so many applications that we just can't wait for all of you to have it.

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