3D Visualization & Analytics

An ArcGIS Earth overview at version 1.2

Now that the 2016 UC is over and we’ve got a little more breathing room, we wanted to respond to some of the feedback that we got asking for more overview information on ArcGIS Earth.

If you haven’t downloaded ArcGIS Earth yet, it’s free to use to access local files and publicly shared data.  You can get the current version here: http://j.mp/ArcGISEarthDownload

ArcGIS Earth is a lightweight, easy-to-use globe viewer that lets you interact with a variety of GIS information.  Earth is now at version 1.2.1 and has had three full production releases on our quarterly production schedule.  We intend to continue to release the application rapidly to allow us to respond to customer feedback.  We also recently extended the support to make sure that each version will be in Mature Support for one year after the next version is released.

Instead of listing out all of the interface features of Earth, here’s a quick (3 min.) video that will give you a look at how to use Earth when you first launch it:

With Earth, you can:

You can also take a look at this earlier blog post that reviewed some of the new features in ArcGIS Earth 1.2.

We’ve attempted to make Earth easy to use, including by allowing users to add data through drag-and-drop and by finding data in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.  We’re also working to establish closer relationships with partners such as Vricon and PLW Modelworks to enable users to have better access to a wider variety of content.  Don’t forget that Earth can use Drone2Map data, too!

For a look at how easy it is to add data into ArcGIS Earth, take a look at this video (10 min.):

For a deeper dive into the Earth documentation, you can always find it here.

Please keep the comments and questions coming in. We encourage you to post ideas and questions on our GeoNet forum.

About the author

Chris Andrews is an experienced product management and technology leader who enjoys solving real world problems, establishing high performance teams, and connecting people and businesses in positive collaborations. Chris started off at Esri as the senior product manager for 3D across the ArcGIS platform, based in Southern California. Chris now leads a team of product managers with responsibility for ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Excalibur, 3D, ArcGIS Urban, AEC/CAD/BIM offerings, ArcGIS Business Analyst and more. Before Esri, Chris was the lead product manager for Autodesk’s Infrastructure Modeler (now InfraWorks) and Digital Cities efforts and was previously in the enterprise integration industry focused on CAD-GIS integration. Chris has focused on strategic innovation, defining and driving to production new products at top tier software companies. He is active on social media and provides mentoring on 3D, product management, and technical career growth.

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