A blog post that recently appeared on the Esri blogs takes a quick look at what’s next for ArcGIS Explore in 2011. Users can expect an updated ArcGIS Explorer Online service to roll out around the time of the Federal User Conference (FeDUC) taking place Jan 19-21 in D.C. According to the Esri post “We’ll be showcasing the new version of the application at that event”. This new implementation replaces the ribbon, and provides more real estate and a more intuitive user experience when working with maps. Also coming up are localization (5 languages), more analysis capabilities, including statistical mapping and support for spatial analysis layers.
- Interoperability with other clients, including a shared notes model with the ArcGIS.com Map Viewer.
- Improved viewing, query, and analysis via new popups, time-enabled web maps, and simplified query definition capabilities.
- Support for editing, including editing feature services powered by ArcGIS Server and a shared, cross-client, user experience for both editing feature services and map notes.
- Easier to share your map information via direct URL access to presentations (no longer opening the application first) which makes it easier for anyone to view, and for you to share your map information.