ArcGIS 10.2 is now available, but what does this mean for the end user? Many Desktop users will enjoy an enhanced, stable platform while others will be amazed by new ArcGIS capabilities, further extending applications and reach. In addition to improvements for Desktop there are new extensions for Server, Mobile developments and Online product enhancements. The 10.2 for Desktop release focuses on quality and performance improvements. It will deliver over 600 resolved software issues, assisting the stability of this release. Additional security, more than 40 new analysis tools, improved 3D functionality, raster enhancements, and many more features are also included. The interface remains the same as 10.1, while the Catalog window includes ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS access.
One of the more popular requests – to enable import and export of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet functionality – is provided by the new Table to Excel/Excel to Table Conversion Tool, which will make a lot of users very happy. You can find more information on this toolset here.
New geodatabase and data management capabilities will improve user’s efficiency. Support has been added for new raster data types and enhancements have been made to make it easier to search for your raster data and connect to new database types. Geodatabase archiving will be supported on data that is not registered as versioned. New functionality means you can simply right-click on a versioned dataset to create a versioned view. ArcGIS 10.2 will be the last major release to include the ArcSDE command line support, as the new Geodatabase Administration dialog box will simplify administration. ArcGIS 10.2 will also be the last major release to include the ArcSDE application server.
ArcGIS for Desktop – in conjunction with other components of the ArcGIS platform, particularly ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS for Mobile, and the ArcGIS Applications and SDKs – provides users with additional powerful GIS tools for analysis and management. Portal for ArcGIS is a supported product at 10.2 enabling collaboration, similar to ArcGIS Online, in environments that require specific security. Users can use their ArcGIS for Desktop licences to access either ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS Server, allowing them to take advantage of browsers and mobile devices to easily share, integrate and use information across an organisation with many easy-to-use apps.
Real-Time GIS provides a new way of acquiring streaming GIS data for immediate mapping and analysis. ArcGIS Geoevent Processor for Server is an exciting new extension, while Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is a ready-to-go app which creates operational views of live data. GeoEvent Processor can receive real-time data from sensors or social media, perform continuous processing and analysis and produce alerts and features for those who need it.
Through its integrated platform, ArcGIS satisfies the needs of individuals and organisations alike – from the simplest web-mapping requirements to the most complex GIS needs such editing, geodata management, imagery, cartography, advanced 3D visualisation and geoprocessing. As GIS evolves and the demand for GIS-based maps and analysis increases, ArcGIS 10.2 provides significant improvements in design, functionality and integration to meet the needs of its everyday users.