Maximising your efficiency on ArcGIS for Desktop
In this session, Ivan and I explored a range of time-saving tips and tricks to improve your ArcGIS for Desktop experience. From demonstrating “hidden” tools to editing and geoprocessing shortcuts, we shared a wealth of experience and information to help the audience bring out the best in their day-to-day workflows.
If you weren’t able to attend the session, here are some of our key highlights:
- Discover new tools such as the Eye Dropper, Select Features by Common Values and Load Objects to utilise extra functionality and reduce the time needed to complete tasks;
- Create personalised, workflow-driven toolbars and task-based map documents to speed up your work;
- Learn handy keyboard shortcuts to work with the layers in your Table of Contents more efficiently;
- Take control of editing by using feature caches and custom keyboard shortcuts; and,
- Empower your map layouts with advanced dynamic text functions, custom projections and labelling dictionaries to automatically clean up your labels on the fly.
Ready, steady, web maps! In 30 minutes or less
What have you achieved recently in just half an hour?
Watched another repeat of The Simpsons?
Queued in the rain for a cab?
Cooked up a three-course Jamie Oliver banquet?
Well, Christopher Brown and I have just demonstrated how you can build and configure an Operations Dashboard – from start to finish – in 30 minutes. And there were no dirty dishes to take care of at the end!
Browse the aisles of the ArcGIS Marketplace
Introducing the ArcGIS Marketplace – all you need is an ArcGIS Online login and you can discover, trial and purchase apps and data that extend your use of ArcGIS.
This afternoon, Stephen and I presented an introduction to the ArcGIS Marketplace, however you could say our “demo” started during the plenary this morning. Operation Organic used two ArcGIS Marketplace apps, Collector for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard .
We can all be ArcGIS Pro(s) with this new desktop application
ArcGIS Pro is the newest member of the desktop family and the product of user feedback, requests and desired functionality. This is the first 64-bit Esri desktop application and the next generation of ArcGIS for Desktop.
What you saw today are just some of the highlights that this new application has to offer. Kellie explored the new user interface with multiple views and layouts. We looked at how easy it is to create great maps with the intuitive dynamic ribbons that only show us the tools we need when we need them.
It feels great to be down in Adelaide for Ozri 2014. It’s the first time the event has been held in these parts in roughly a decade, and the excitement of all delegates – local, interstate and international – has been tangible since the welcome function yesterday afternoon.
This morning’s plenary featured speakers at the forefront of GIS technology – and their passion was contagious. Esri Australia’s Managing Director Brett Bundock kicked things off – providing some context to what the conference theme of ‘Pure GIS’ is all about.
It’s not so much what Pure GIS is, said Brett, but rather what it does. In particular, Brett spoke of how Pure GIS: solves real-world problems; ensures a sustainable future and improves our quality of life; reconfigures the way we work, making us more productive and more effective; connects us; and changes the way we look at the world.
…And, we’re off for Ozri 2014!
Ozri 2014 started with a bang last night, with our welcome function at the revamped Adelaide Oval proving a popular affair. Delegates, Esri Australia staff and special guests enjoyed a casual drink, some fantastic food and a special preview of our GIS Marketplace.
The crowd was buzzing with anticipation for two jam-packed days of presentations, workshops and forums. With a focus on ‘pure GIS’ – the best the Australian spatial industry has to offer – I’m sure the next couple of days will prove both engaging and inspiring.
There was also a bit of excitement about the Ozri conference dinner happening tonight – a picnic under the stars at the spectacular Glen Ewin Estate in the Adelaide Hills, with a performance by Aussie rock legend Mark Seymour. What more could you want?
Before that though, we’ll turn our attention to this morning’s plenary, and the incredible line-up of Australian GIS specialist and Esri superstars that are set to kick-off Ozri 2014. I can’t wait!
Wines, vines and Arc GIS Online – doing more for organisations
It was a full house at the ArcGIS Online for Organisations: Essential Workflows workshop, with the latest features and capabilities of ArcGIS Online. The workshop aimed to help attendees get the most out of their ArcGIS Online organisation site from a configuration and security perspective, as well as providing best practice tips and tricks for publishing content in maps and apps.
During the first part of the workshop we were encouraged hearing how attendees from around the country were using ArcGIS Online to support business operations in a diverse range of fields, from agribusiness and local government through to water utilities and transportation logistics. Incorporating the ‘organic’ Ozri theme of this year’s conference, we employed a model organisation called VineCo to address each of the workshop objectives. It also gave us a chance to showcase the world renowned wine regions surrounding Adelaide, home of Ozri 2014.
As the winner of the Esri Young Scholars Award for Australia, Grace Lin, won an all-expenses paid trip to present her research project at the 2014 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. Here, Grace reflects on the whirlwind week – where she rubbed shoulders with some of the best GIS minds from around the world.
Today we arrived in San Diego and it is such beautiful city, this is my first time to be here.
The San Diego Convention Centre – where they will hold the UC – is so huge, it really is amazing.
And you can see Esri symbols everywhere!
After we settled in, I met up with some of the other Young Scholars organized through the Facebook Esri Young Scholar group. We had drink and dinner together and talked about our projects. It is so great to meet those guys here.
Fresh from my trip to the US, I thought it would be valuable to share my UC highlights with you all – particularly as we’ll be showcasing the technology featured there at Ozri this October.
Surrounded by 15,000 other spatial professionals from 132 countries around the world, the conference provided a great opportunity to share, collaborate and learn.
Just as important, was the sense of community the event generated. The multinational, multidisciplinary crowd descended upon San Diego to celebrate the value, versatility and beauty of maps. Adding to the community vibe the UC Selfie, limited edition pin badges and Map Man T-shirts.
In addition to witnessing the visually stunning and truly inspirational UC plenary, I had the opportunity to talk with many of Esri’s technical specialists (and superstars) to get a feel for where the ArcGIS platform is going – and how users in Australia stand to benefit.
Last night saw the July 2014 release of ArcGIS Online roll out and with it, some great new features and capabilities across the board. There’s something for everybody with enhancements to the Map Viewer, ready to use apps and application templates, and administration.