ArcGIS 9.4 Renamed to ArcGIS 10
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As many of you know ESRI was planning to release ArcGIS 9.4 during the second quarter of this year. Well that is not happening, they are instead releasing ArcGIS 10. ESRI has decided that the level of changes and improvements planned for ArcGIS 9.4 warrant more than just a new dot release. It needs to be a full new version. To hear Jack talk more about why the name changed click here: http://www.esri.com/news/podcasts/audio/speaker/dangermond_arcgis10.mp3
So what are some of the planned improvements for ArcGIS 10:
- Improved rendering engine for better performance when panning and zooming
- The geoprocessing wizard is back after a fashion
- ArcCatalog window is added in ArcMap
- Simplified Geocoding
- Improved map creation tools such as new tools for multiscale maps, support for multipage layouts, and dynamic text in layouts (basically they incorporated the DSMapbook routine we all use into the core product)
- Simplified editing including sketch based editing using palettes in both the desktop and web, easier access to common tools in ArcMap, ArcScene, & Globe
- Integration of time data and analysis including the ability to create and publish animation.
- Improve raster handling performance
- Ability to check out licenses for use in the field or temporary offices
- Enhanced interface using enhanced resolution icons and such. (Looks very much like the newest versions of AutoCAD to me)
I have been beta testing ArcGIS Desktop 9.4 (now ArcGIS 10) now for a couple of months. It definitely has a different look and feel from ArcGIS 9.3 and earlier. The performance does seem to be better especially when working with raster. Having the Geoprocessing Wizard back is great since I never really understood why it was removed from the beginning. It has been fairly stable especially for an initial beta release. Beta 2 is due out any day so I am interested in seeing what they have done with it.
I am still trying to find out of ArcGIS desktop 10 will be 64 bit enabled. Maybe someone else knows. All in all I would have to say ArcGIS 10 looks like it will be a winner.
On a related note, the release of ArcGIS 10 will mean changes to ESRI’s training classes. Exactly what those changes will be, no one seems to know. I have heard it will be similar to what happened with the release of 9.3. That was when they replaced the old Introduction I & II classes with the new ArcGIS Desktop I, II, and III classes. ESRI promises they will release training classes for ArcGIS 10 at the same time as the release of the software. What that will mean to those of us that are Authorized Instructors is anyone’s guess at this moment.