Esri Launches New Flexible Developer Subscriptions for ArcGIS Online

Free Development and Testing Plan Offers Preview of Larger Initiative Slated for Fall 2013

August 2, 2013

Redlands, California—Esri announced today that it is providing a free developer subscription for its web, mobile, and online tools and services. This new plan includes access to powerful geoservices as well as the ability to host your own data in the Esri cloud as RESTful web services that can be consumed by a wide variety of client-side apps and APIs.

Developers can start a subscription and continue at the free level, or they can upgrade to a selection of paid levels that provide more storage and services, as well as the ability to deploy commercial applications with no extra fees or royalties. These new plans offer flexible and cost-effective ways to build apps that bring the power of location to the GIS user community and the consumer audience on a variety of devices.

“We have been listening to the market and see that developers are looking for a robust set of location tools that are easier to use and simply work well,” said Johan Herrlin, senior business strategist, Esri “The free level of the ArcGIS Online developer plan is our invitation to the community of developers who are creating truly amazing things to come build, test, and push the boundaries of geoenabling their applications. We are looking forward to seeing what will be built and deployed when we launch additional geoenrichment tools this fall.”

This new developer subscription to ArcGIS Online includes new features that improve the ability to quickly and easily deploy and manage your apps and services. These features include improved documentation, better samples, and usage monitoring tools. Developers can also create and edit new feature services through a web interface.

The platform includes the following features:

  • APIs and SDKs – Build apps using a wide variety of the most popular web and mobile development technologies such as JavaScript, iOS, Android, Flex, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows Mobile, as well as REST APIs. All are well-documented with plenty of samples to quickly get started.
  • Addresses Use the geocoding service to convert addresses to and from geographic coordinates. Search for places within a region and get locations that match your search.
  • Directions and Routing – Get routes and directions between locations using tools for JavaScript, Android, and iOS. Find the optimal route between multiple locations and simulate traffic conditions. In addition to directions, developers can use Esri’s routing features to perform tasks like finding out how far you can drive from a place in a given amount of time or route multiple vehicles to several locations.
  • Store and Query Geographic Data in Feature Services – Use storage space in Esri’s cloud and create RESTful web services for data you want to see and analyze on a map. Create custom REST endpoints to store and query geographic data such as points, lines, and polygons.
  • Mapping and Visualization Tools – Create maps for any mobile platform and turn spreadsheets and data into map features. Display markers, icons, and pop-ups to customize maps, or choose from special maps styled for different uses.

Developers who are interested in getting started today can subscribe to a developer plan of ArcGIS Online at Check out Esri on Github and contribute to more than 100 repositories of apps, templates, utilities, and developer quick starters.

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