Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New features in upcoming ArcGIS 9.3.1

ESRI is working on new version of ArcGIS, 9.3.1 and it should be available in second quarter of this year. At the moments there are some new features announced but I'm sure there will be a lot more.

So far here are new features:

High performance dynamic map publishing
This will allow faster map drawing that outperforms equivalent ArcIMS service and shorten map caching time. New "Map service publishing" toolbar can be used to review MXD for errors, unsupported content, provide estimate of rendering time and save in new format.

New layer sharing options
Layer files will be packed with data (optional) so they can be e-mailed, shared or used with ArcGIS Online.

Enhanced support for Java
Java developers will be able to extend ArcObjects framework and create native custom geoprocessing tools, server object extensions, class extensions, custom renderers, etc. Also, support for integration with Eclipse IDE is added.

Easy to migrate
Finally, upgrading does not require uninstall of ArcGIS 9.3. In addition to this there are no changes to geodatabase and map document formats.

Full info is available here.

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