Did you know that ArcGIS 9.4 was recently [officially] renamed to ArcGIS 10.0? This was a hot topic flying around Twitter tonight as details of the official announcement have been shared among the Geo Tweeters still hanging around after “business hours”. I took a few minutes to listen to an ESRI podcast with Jack Dangermond.
From Jack… the team has been working on this release.. and he notes how this [release] is much bigger than a dot release, hence the version jump. 10.0 is Important because it makes the UI much easier, expect more integrated productivity tools; map creation is easier as is editing, enhancements to web editing… imagine much more User Generated Content (UGC) on the web; better management of imagery (desktop and server). At this release ArcGIS become a full 3D GIS, analysis, visualization.. one can do virtually everything they do in 2D in 3D.
Other highlights include:
- The introduction of temporal at all levels.
- The server is getting much stronger (particularly for image management)
- Many new Web2.0 tools… important as many are moving towards GIS in the cloud.. support for citizen science and other user generated scenarios.
- Integrated tech support and feedback into the development of the product (more than 2,000 Beta sites in place)
- Look for more “coaching” online.. with much better training, support, and documentation available to the user.
Funny that everyone seems hung up on the name change (this solicited a chuckle from Jack as really, it’s a small part of the process). Dangermond noted the following (HUGE)… “At this release ArcGIS become a full 3D GIS, analysis, visualization.. one can do virtually everything they do in 2D in 3D.”
Expect 10 to ship mid-late !2 – certainly before the user conference.
For more on ArcGIS 10.0 see HERE