ESRI ArcGISESRI has quietly posted the new features in ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 on the ESRI website. Its been pretty quiet around here because of the closed 9.2 beta, but it seems ESRI is beginning to ramp up the PR machine. See the whole list on their webpage but a couple of the more interesting ones to me are below:

  • Mouse wheel support
  • Ability to rename folder connections and customize appearance of the tree in ArcCatalog
  • Direct read of Microsoft Excel files
  • Support for OGC GML Simple Features data
  • New File Geodatabase for personal data collections with support for single-user editing without a DBMS
  • The new cartographic tools
  • Georeferencing toolbar that allows users to move, rotate, and scale CAD files using the mouse
  • Maplex as optional extension for ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Engine, and ArcIMS (ArcMap Server) for better labeling on web mapping or embedded applications
  • Support for Google Earth KML and OGC GML 3.1.1 through the use of Safe Software’s FME 2006 engine