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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 1500

The newest version of ESRI's free virtual globe is available at 

I love this tool for the classroom!  This virtual globe is the perfect mix as a first stop for including geospatial technologies into your content!

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New capabilities of ArcGIS Explorer (build 1500) include:
  • Directly use and optimize image services.
  • Improved support for ArcGIS 10 layer packages and geodatabases.
  • Ability to search for and add content directly from ArcGIS Online. You can also share map items immediately to your online account.
  • Ability to share (export) to layer packages and to KML. You can also create notes from KML.
  • Shared layer packages, notes, and KML can be saved locally, added to ArcGIS Online, or e-mailed directly from the application.
  • Improved KML handling in both 2D and 3D mode; regionated KML is now supported in 2D mode.
  • Ability to add data directly from Excel spreadsheets.
  • Inclusion of OpenStreetMap in the basemap gallery.
  • Notes can now be labeled.
  • Improved query capabilities, so you can create expressions to filter data displayed on your map.
  • Improved symbol appearance in 2D and 3D modes.
  • SDK has been updated to support Visual Studio 2010.

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