Joe Holubar counts down the top 10 improvements coming in ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop inlcuding new geoprocessing tools, improved metadata, search, and administration, and a new sharing interface.
Jul 27th, 2011
00:01At number 10 on my desktop countdown list is search. Searching has been improved throughout the application.
00:07For example, there are 4,634 projections we ship with ArcGIS. I need to find the one I want fast.
00:18New in 10.1, I simply search for web and quickly narrow down my results to the one I'm looking for.
00:31Search gets better with spatial filtering, so this, for example, I'll search for UTM and I get back a ton of results.
00:40By enabling the spatial filter, I can narrow down my choices to only the projections that fall within my map extent.
00:53We've included spatial filtering in the search window as well, as you can see here.
00:57Along with spatial keyword support, meaning is data in or near a specific location.
01:03Here, I'm going to search for wind generation data near Stowe, Vermont.
01:08I get a list of place-names to choose from, select the one I want, my map zooms in, and I get focused results for that location.
01:18Searching in 10.1 saves you more time.
01:23Number 9 on our list has to do with editing. It can be really important to know who created what and when.
01:32Editor tracking in 10.1 allows me to create a new critical habitat location…
01:37…and have that editor information maintained for me by the application.
01:47This also works when updating existing features. Here, I'll split a polygon, and the last editor information is updated again for me.
01:57Now, since this is a property of a geodatabase, it can be accessed across the entire system…
02:02…here in the desktop, out in the field with mobile, or even online.
02:08Our next four enhancements all focus on geoprocessing.
02:14Here, I have a directory of geotagged photos that I want to display on my map.
02:18Our number 8 feature is the new Geotagged Photos To Points tool.
02:23This tool makes it really straightforward to take that folder and then display them on my map.
02:29It creates points from the geotagged locations and attaches the photos as geodatabase attachments that I can now access anywhere.
02:43Number 7 is the new GPX To Features tool.
02:47This tool makes it much easier to take your GPS data from the field and load it directly into ArcGIS.
02:54It takes the waypoints, track points, and routes; displays them on my map…
02:58…that I can now select to access the detailed information of that file.
03:08Next, I'm going to take you on an African safari inside the Zakouma National Park here in Chad.
03:15Our number 6 improvement provides improved support for KML files inside of ArcMap.
03:22The KML To Layers tool now supports the symbols, labels, and HTML pop-ups coming directly from your KML files.
03:35Next, helps you make multiscale maps; it's our number 5 feature.
03:41Here, I have a highway interchange along with building footprints in the surrounding area.
03:4710.1 has two new generalization tools inside the Cartography toolbox called the Collapse Road Detail and Delineate Built-up Areas.
03:57To help see the results of these tools, I'll open up a viewer window to get a side-by-side comparison.
04:05As I zoom out, my complex road detail collapses…
04:09…meaning my on- and off-ramps become simplified while maintaining the road connectivity.
04:15Zooming out again, my building footprints become generalized into urban areas as you see here in the light and dark orange.
04:21These tools automate a once manual process.
04:32Administering your enterprise geodatabases has always been challenging using the command line…
04:37…which brings us to our number 4 feature, and it happens to be my personal favorite.
04:4210.1 introduces a brand-new user interface for administering your enterprise geodatabases.
04:54This dialog gives me a clear view of my versions; allows me to view, even disconnect, connections…
05:01…and helps me manage all the locks on my geodatabase. This dialog, along with the new Geodatabase Administration toolset…
05:16…make it really easy and straightforward to manage your enterprise geodatabases.
05:23Number 3 is about labeling. Here I have a geology map, and I have my features labeled.
05:29However, I have a dense area of polygons here that remain unlabeled.
05:34A new option on the Labeling toolbar in 10.1 is called Key Numbering, which, when enabled…
05:40…creates a key number table that references numeric values on the map.
05:46This allows me to place more descriptive text on my maps.
05:55For number 2, we're going to switch over to the layout view, looking at the same geology map.
06:00Here I have a beautiful layout with a rather complex legend. Typically, when I zoom in, the legend remains the same.
06:07However, in 10.1, as I zoom in, the legend updates automatically.
06:17This is especially relevant for those out there creating map books.
06:22We've now reached our number 1 desktop improvement for 10.1.
06:26It's something you've seen and heard all morning, but it's important, and that's the new Share As menu.
06:33This menu makes it really straightforward to web enable your maps, data, and tools.
06:39I get a wizard-driven dialog that takes the map from my desktop and publishes it to your server or the cloud seamlessly.
06:48The workflow is the same whether I'm sharing a map, some data as a layer package, or even a geoprocessing model.
06:56And there you have it: your top 10 desktop improvements coming in 10.1.