ArcGIS 10 Service Pack 2 Is Available

Esri announced late today that Service Pack 2 for ArcGIS 10 is available. It looks like a fairly sizable list of issues was addressed with this service pack.

Who knows, we could be witnessing history as this could potentially be the last service pack to address ArcIMS. (Well, I can dream, can’t I?)

Anyway, if you’re among those who like to wait until the second service pack before doing an Esri upgrade, you can now start putting 9.3 out to pasture. Live it up!

Out to pasture

First Thoughts on ArcGIS 10.0

The announcement that ArcGIS 9.4 is being re-christened as 10.0 leaves me feeling somewhat bemused. I have seen the new version of Desktop and it is nice and will finally update the current Office-97-feeling UI. The list of changes coming in 10.0 (published so far) is impressive but I haven’t seen any discussion of the changes coming to the ArcGIS architecture, which is of greater interest to me as a developer and integrator. Given the past history of ArcGIS, calling this release 10.0, in my mind, implies a significant architectural shift. ArcGIS 8 was a clear departure from the previous releases of ARC/INFO. Indeed, it not only came with a new version but introduced the name “ArcGIS.” Continue reading “First Thoughts on ArcGIS 10.0”

Patch to ArcGIS 9.3 Service Pack 1

If you’ve recently installed ArcGIS 9.3 Service Pack 1, be aware that there is a patch out that fixes an issue with topology validation. You can read more about it here:

http://support.esri.com/index.cfm?fa=knowledgebase.techarticles.articleShow&d=35833

This patch seems to apply to Desktop, Engine and Server so you may want to check it out.

ArcGIS 9.4 Holistic Testing Schedule Posted

In case you missed it, ESRI as posted the ArcGIS 9.4 holistic testing schedule. The schedule currently runs through the end of April 2009 but doesn’t give any hints of a release date.

So, just in time for the UC next week, you can begin to think about 9.4. If you want to get involved with it, now’s your chance.

Hopefully, I’ll see a lot of you next week.

ArcGIS 9.3 is Shipping

According to this press release, ArcGIS 9.3 started shipping today. ESRI has pretty much stuck to the aggressive schedule that they announced at the Dev Summit.

My experiences thus far with the beta and the release candidate have been pretty positive so it’ll be good to get the final product.

Who’s starting the pool on the when the first service pack will be out? 😉

DDJ on “The Return of the Desktop”

Okay, I swear I’m not on the DDJ payroll, but this article caught my eye immediately. Michael Swaine has been on a roll lately but I think this one just drips with significance for the GIS community.

Over the past 10 years, as everyone has run screaming from the desktop, I’ve been a little mystified as to why it was considered a good thing to reduce a CPU more powerful than everything NASA had in 1969 to a mere vehicle for a browser. The browser-based model reduced our computers to really cool-looking equivalents of a VT220 so it’s nice to see that the market is starting to gain back a little sanity.
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Almost There with 9.2

Okay, I have no one to blame but myself. I have Desktop and the full EDN kit (except for ArcIMS) installed. Therefore, I’ve uninistalled everything 9.1 and reinstalled everything 9.2 and now I get to do the service packs. One day, I’ll get back to coding, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, the front of my forehead keeps getting flatter from banging it on the desk…