ArcGIS Server ArcPad Extension Allows Updates from the Field to the Cloud
The latest release of ArcPad, version 10.0.2, now makes field mapping and data collection easier and data availability immediate. Since the release of ArcPad 8, users have been able to take advantage of the ArcGIS Server ArcPad extension to quickly send edits back to their enterprise geodatabase directly from the field. Edits from ArcPad, as from any feature service, can be enabled on top of ArcGIS Server on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Amazon Machine Image (AMI), which is preconfigured with SQL Server Express. Optionally, if more space for editable features is needed, ArcPad edits can be synchronized with the Enterprise Geodatabase AMI, also available with ArcGIS Server on Amazon EC2. Further, with the new licensing for ArcGIS Server in 1-, 3-, and 12-month terms, opportunities emerge, for example, for seasonal field data collection campaigns or unpredictable emergency response operations.
ArcPad includes advanced GIS and GPS capabilities for GIS professionals to capture, edit, and analyze geographic information quickly and efficiently. Critical data can be checked in and out of a multiuser or personal geodatabase and shared throughout an organization. The new release extends customization options and annotation capabilities, streamlines tasks, and increases access to geographic data.
The improved customization capabilities in 10.0.2 let users more easily add, delete, or modify standard ArcPad tools. They can now create a custom ArcPad toolbar or multiple toolbars for various projects and tasks within the ArcPad environment. As in previous versions, users can still extend customization further by using ArcPad Studio to add custom tools that contain scripted actions and behavior. ArcPad Studio is the development framework to create projects tailored to an organization's specific workflow. It is already included in core ArcPad functionality.
Also new in 10.0.2 is an improved graphics layer and support for annotation targets. ArcGIS map annotation groups are now exported as individual graphics layers. Users can expect better matching of text and geometry symbols between the ArcPad graphics layers and ArcGIS Desktop. They also have the ability to choose to export all annotation groups at once with the Get Data for ArcPad wizard or export one annotation group at a time with the Export Graphics Layer for ArcPad tool.
Other enhancements in ArcPad 10.0.2 include
For more information about ArcPad or to evaluate version 10.0.2 for free, visit esri.com/arcpad.