ArcGIS 9.2 Service Pack 3 due by end of July

As most of you already have heard via either the new RSS feeds or the support email, ArcGIS 9.3 9.2 Service Pack 3 is ready to be released by the end of the month. Jack’s Q&A from before the UC said that it would be released in July and it appears that they have hit the target. Remember Service Pack 4 is due October/November and then 9.3 at the beginning of next year.

Update: thanks to Steve for pointing out that 9.3 isn’t out yet and that I really meant 9.2. 🙂

SlashGeo is alive

Apologies to Mark Twain, but reports of SlashGeo’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Thanks to the OSGeo mailing list, several people have already expressed their intentions to contribute regularly to feeding Slashgeo! 🙂 I’m not claiming victory yet, but if we gather a new team of 5 to 10 people, it will make involvement fun and not too time consuming for any single individual.

I’ve read many people saying they wish they could help out SlashGeo and now is your time to step up.

Update: It is a go

Zillow in your neighborhood

I got a bizarre email from Zillow last week:

Hello ,

Since you claimed your home at , you might like to know you’re part of the DISC neighborhood on Zillow. This is a brand-new feature – literally, we just rolled it out – and we would like to ask your help in getting it started.

By taking part in your Neighborhood Page on Zillow, you can help make Zillow a useful resource for other people like you.

Visit your DEMO Neighborhood Page now!

See you in the neighborhood,

Of course the links didn’t work and my neighborhood “DISC” seemed like a broken email. Now it appears that this email was a mistake and the new Zillow Neighborhood Page is now active. The folks in my neighborhood that registered with Zillow and some bizarre 2000 census information for people to learn about my neighborhood are mashed together with some sort of map. Zillow has written some pretty words about my neighborhood (and probably every other one) to help real estate agents sell their properties. According to Zillow:

Who Lives Here

Movers and Shakers
Mobile suburban couples without kids. More than 50% of these younger married couples have moved in the past five years. They earn comfortable incomes and work in management or professional careers. Some have completed college.

Country Clubbers
Wealthy married couples with children. These affluent families live a very comfortable life in the suburbs. More than 20% have a family income over $125,000. Most have earned a college or graduate school degree, and most own their homes.

Suburban Climbers
Younger suburban singles. Aspiring singles climbing the corporate ladder and calling the suburbs home. Age ranges from mid-20s to mid-40s. Most rent their homes.

People in my neighborhood are also more likely to “Drive to work alone”. Damn, they got me pegged perfectly (except for the part that I am more likely to speak Hindi) Seriously though, what are they going to write in that “who lives here”? I’m pretty sure every category is spun up to make it seem like everyone is living in Beverly Hills.

OK all joking aside, I find this somewhat unnerving. It isn’t that I don’t mind knowing who my neighbors are, its just that I’d rather meet them on the sidewalk and not in some virtual chat room.

ArcGIS 9.2 SP4 to support Microsoft Vista, MapObjects support to end

I didn’t see much about this out of the 2007 User Conference, but an updated Technical Article spells it out.

ArcGIS 9.2 Desktop and ArcGIS 9.2 Engine are currently undergoing certification on the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system with the 9.2 SP4 release targeted for October/November, 2007. Please note that this certification will not include any of the ArcGIS 9.2 Server products.

That is news to me. Last I heard 9.3 was going to be the first version certified for Vista. A couple things come to mind here. First, those paying yearly maintenance will have Vista support in 2007 (rather than waiting for 9.3 in 2008) and the server stack will not be seeing Vista support at 9.2. Server support isn’t that big of a deal (at least as far as I can see), but on the desktop Vista support this fall is huge (my company is in the process of updating all our workstations and laptops to Vista soon so this is good news for us.

And of course it appears that the days of MapObjects on Windows is over.

MapObjects Windows 2.4 and MapObjects-Java 2.2 and 2.3 are not supported on the Windows Vista. ESRI is not certifying any new environments for MapObjects-Windows and there are no plans to support Vista with MapObjects-Java.

That is a shame really as MO is one of the best things to come out of ESRI ever (note to self, stop paying ESRI maintenance on MapObjects). Time to move to ArcGIS Engine.

ArcGIS Online (and ArcGIS Explorer) Adds New Imagery in Europe

ArcGIS Online (and since ArcGIS Explorer uses ArcGIS Online as its source) has begun to add better imagery for Europe.

[S]atellite imagery for part of Europe has now been added to ArcGIS Online. This imagery has a resolution of 2.5 meters per pixel and covers most of France and parts of adjacent countries. Look for additional coverage to be published later this summer.

I’ll be honest, I don’t think is as good as I would have expected (at least compared to the imagery we get in the USA), but it is a start. The more that is added will only help make ArcGIS Explorer more useful for everyone.

The easiest way to get a look at this new imagery is to go download ArcGIS Explorer and take it for a spin.

Godzilla in ArcScene

Jeff, one of my coworkers, is working on a rendering in ArcScene for a client. Using ArcGIS with Google SketchUp makes our lives easier, but so does the 3D Warehouse. Jeff found the perfect model to put on our Navy Air Installations renderings.


The search at the 3D Warehouse has become hard to navigate because people tag their models with just about everything (hence this Godzilla model appeared in a search for “Airplane”).