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ArcGIS 8.3 Now Available

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The Error Inspector is used to display the errors and exceptions present in the topology.

The ArcGIS 8.3 release represents a major step forward for the ArcGIS suite of products (ArcReader, ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo, ArcGIS extensions, and ArcSDE) with a host of new features and major enhancements in overall performance, quality, and documentation.

Key New Features for ArcGIS Desktop 8.3

ArcGIS 8.3 introduces the following new features:

  • Rule-Based Topology--Enables users to analyze, visualize, report, and, where necessary, enhance the spatial integrity of their geodatabase. ArcView users will also benefit from new map topology (shared editing) tools.
  • Advanced Editing Tools--Includes new plan entry tools, snap agents, sketch tools, and enhanced annotation functionality.
  • Disconnected Editing--Enables users to work with a local or remote version of an enterprise geodatabase in a checkout/check-in environment.
  • Complete Linear Referencing--Includes a complete set of tools to allow users to create, edit, display, and analyze linear referencing data (routes and events).
  • Updated Esri Data & Maps CDs--Includes new and updated data in CD and DVD formats.
  • Support for Visual Studio .NET--Provides developers with the ability to build better mapping applications and extensions using the ArcGIS ArcObjects controls, objects, and base classes.

Focus on the Mobile Workforce

Also, ArcGIS 8.3 introduces a number of key enhancements that focus on the field-worker. These include new single use licenses of ArcEditor and ArcSDE; integration tools for ArcPad; and free, downloadable tools for support of the new Tablet PC:

  • ArcEditor Single Use--Functionally equivalent to a concurrent use license, ArcEditor Single Use provides users with complete geodatabase editing functionality in the field and the flexibility of working remotely without having to depend on a license manager.
  • ArcPad Integration Tools for ArcGIS 8.3--Users can extract and convert selected data from a personal or multiuser geodatabase into a shapefile that can then be edited in ArcPad. Edits to attributes and/or shapefiles can then be integrated back into the main geodatabase once the data is checked in.
  • Tablet PC Support for ArcGIS--Users can download a set of free tools-built to the design specifications of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition--to support Tablet PC for ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo (see "Tablet PC Support for ArcGIS 8.3" for more information).

New ArcGIS 8.3 Extensions

The following three new ArcGIS extensions are available for ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo 8.3:

  • ArcGIS Survey Analyst lets users manage survey data in a GIS database and represent survey measurements and observations on a map.
  • ArcScan for ArcGIS allows users to build vector databases using scanned raster imagery as input.
  • ArcGIS Tracking Analyst provides capabilities for sophisticated visualization and analysis of time-related data.

Increased Platform Support at ArcSDE 8.3

In addition to providing better performance and scalability for large enterprise deployments, ArcSDE 8.3 provides

  • Additional platform support for Hewlett-Packard Tru64 UNIX, IBM RS/6000 AIX, and Sun Solaris 64-bit with 64-bit Oracle9i
  • Support for Oracle9i release 2 for all current server platforms except Silicon Graphics, Inc. IRIX
  • Support for disconnected editing

ArcGIS 8.3 is provided to all ArcGIS users with current software maintenance subscriptions at no additional charge. For more information about ArcGIS 8.3, visit, call Esri at 1-800-447-9778, call your Esri regional office (to locate your regional office, visit, or contact your local reseller (to locate a reseller near you, visit Outside the United States, please contact your local Esri distributor; see for a current distributor list.

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