What is new in ArcGIS 9.3.1

So the ESRI Business Partner Conference and the Developer Summit is coming up and that means that ESRI will be showing the latest releases of their software. In preparation of the DevSummit, ESRI has published new features of ArcGIS 9.3.1. I’m interested to see the faster rendering and map optimization. One thing that did catch my eye:

Upgrading to ArcGIS 9.3.1 does not require uninstalling ArcGIS 9.3.

That should speed the upgrade times up from hours to minutes. Expect 9.1.1?9.3.1 second quarter (April, May, June) 2009.

Make ArcGIS JavaScript Sample Viewer support more than WGS84

Users not wanting to use WGS84? Inconceivable!

Inconceivable!

So you’ve downloaded the JavaScript Sample Viewer from ESRI and want to use it with your own services? Well make sure those basemap services are WGS84 because they won’t show up otherwise. You aren’t losing your mind when you see nothing in the viewer, just republish them as WGS84.

It would probably be a good idea for ESRI to update their docs to reflect this.

Update: Jithen, unlike me, wasn’t happy about having to use WGS84 and he has figured out a way to get it to work.

ESRI’s ArcGIS Server Sample JavaScript Viewer

ESRI has released a sample JavaScript viewer example with a developer’s guide to help you better understand how the JavaScript API works. It looks great (much like the Flex API) and does a darn good job having cross platform compatibility. As I said the Developer’s Guide is a great resource for those looking for an introduction to the JavaScript API, Dojo, Aptana Sudio, and what it takes to develop ArcGIS Server JavaScript applications.

Navigating Washington

Just the other day we were wondering over the RSP Architects coffee machine about if GeoCommons would ever have an API. Rather than actually ask Sean if there was one in the works, it is of course easier to forget about the conversion and wait for Sean to blog about it himself. What I assume is one of the first GeoCommons API (this example is running on Amazon’s EC2) applications out there, Navigating Washington which allows real time poll mapping in your browser or even a Blackberry or iPhone (no Windows Mobile device because no one uses those anymore). I find the application very interesting and integration with mobile devices is a smart idea. I’m anxious to see what Sean has planned with the API and how we can use it.

What can’t maps do for you these days?

What cant maps do for you these days?

Navigating Washington

Economic Recovery with GIS

This PDF has been traveling the email circuit for a couple weeks, but it seems to have been posted online (or at least I’ve finally found a link to it).

A Proposal for National Economic Recovery

An Investment in Geospatial Information Infrastructure

Building a National GIS

Jack Dangermond, ESRI
Anne Hale Miglarese, Booz Allen Hamilton

Salvation will be delivered with SOA!

Safe Releases FME 2009

Today Safe Software released FME 2009. I’ve was unable to take the 2009 beta for a spin (being busy is a good thing these days), but there are three new formats supported that really have me excited; CityGML 1.0, Adobe Geospatial PDF and OpenStreetMap XML (come to think of it Autodesk 3ds support might come in handy at the old architecture studio). Plus the 20% performance increase over FME 2008 will be a welcome change of pace from software that gets slower as it “improves”. The improved user interface of Workbench should increase usability for those who are used to other geoprocessing software packages. Safe has a “What’s Great” brochure available that outlines the improvements in more detail.