At the recently held ESRIUC the mobile team charged with the development of ArcPad provided a session designed to introduce users to the new functionality provided by ArcPad 10. Most noteworthy at release 10 of ArcPad are improvements to usability along with significantly enhnanced performance. Note, Arcpad 10 was released in June 2010 and there was also a release of SP4 for ArcPad 8.
Users of “10” are greeted with a similar UI as what was provided with ArcPad 8 where upon start-up the user lets to work with a new map, open or create a quickproject. To start your ArcPad project the user can elect to use basemap data from a number of sources including: load base data from Bing maps, ArcGIS online, ArcGIS.com or add data from your own server.
Of interest is the Quick capture toolbar, a dynamic toobar, fully configurable in the TOC and also provides a quick photo capture complete with options to geotag the image via GPS or tap on the map to position the photo. Elvin Slavik, lead ArcPad developer of the Esri ArcPad team (from RIA Terra Systems/Maptel, Melbourne, Australia) described and showed off just how easy it is to create a new QuickProject out of ArcPad 10 – basically its as simple as creating a ZIP file where all the required data files are grabbed and bundled into a single project file.
10 Cool, New Features of ArcPad 10:
- Navigation, as part of the arcLogistics Navigator allows for communication between ArcPad and ArcLogistics
- ArcPad 10 has a must faster response time, visualization, and drawing speed
- New spatial indexing, offers enhanced speed when at edit scale – faster draw speed, pan, zoom, and file opening
- More efficient memory management and usage
- QuickDraw – alternate view, fast/coarse symbol display
- Arcpad data manager – at ArcPad 10 can deploy to R 8 and 10
- Support for basemap data via Bing Maps and ArcGIS online
- QuickCapture also supports faster, automated form building
- Data Manager supports faster, simple customization of projects with little scripting
- New DirectShow camera module provides simpler use of photos within ArcPad projects
- ArcPad 10 podcast
- ArcPad Team Blog