A packed house attended this morning's opening of the Business Partner Conference, with many product announcements and demonstrations. ArcGIS Explorer 900 was among those highlighted, with a few important announcements of its own.
Jack Dangermond introduced Explorer 900 as "a big step," and of course we'd agree. Jack cited the new user experience, the integrated 2D/3D display capabilities, a variety of basemap choices (including Microsoft Virtual Earth imagery, hybrid, and streets basemaps), and presentation capabilities as important aspects of the new release.
ArcGIS Explorer product manager Bern Szukalski was introduced, and he began with a demonstration of layer packaging (new in ArcGIS 9.3.1) and ArcGIS Online sharing (also new at 9.3.1). An important point noted by Bern was that ArcGIS Online is a tremendous resource for GIS users, and soon you'll be able to easily search for and share maps, layers, and even tools. These will include the already available ArcGIS Online content from ESRI, and will soon include shared content from GIS users as they begin to leverage ArcGIS Online sharing. [...]
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