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February 10, 2003

ArcGIS 8.3 Now Available

Topology Support, New Extensions, and New Features Highlight Latest Release

Redlands, California--ESRI, the leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, is pleased to announce that ArcGIS 8.3 is now available. Strong editing, analysis, and cartography, along with cutting-edge data models and management, continue to distinguish the ArcGIS software family as the leading GIS software. The ArcGIS 8.3 release represents the next major step forward for the ArcGIS suite of products (ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo, ArcGIS extensions, and ArcSDE) with a focus on topology, three new extensions, and a host of new features.

Rule-Based Topology Support
The primary focus of the ArcGIS 8.3 release is full topology support for the geographic database coupled with an improved editing environment built to support topological relationships. The topology tools in ArcGIS 8.3 allow ArcEditor and ArcInfo users to analyze, visualize, report, and where necessary, repair the integrity of spatial data. Geodatabase topology gives users the ability to declare spatial relationships, or spatial integrity rules, between feature classes as well as within a single feature class. It also provides a set of tools that lets users find and fix integrity violations, making the editing of features that share geometry much easier and more powerful than ever before.

New ArcGIS Extensions
ArcGIS 8.3 adds three new optional ArcGIS Desktop extensions: ArcGIS Survey Analyst, ArcScan for ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Tracking Analyst. 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.

Key ArcGIS Desktop Enhancements
The following new features are also included with ArcGIS 8.3 Desktop:

  • Enhanced Editing Functionality--Includes new plan entry tools, snap agents, sketch tools, and improved annotation capabilities
  • Disconnected Editing--Allows users to work with a local or remote version of an enterprise geodatabase in a checkout/check-in environment
  • Complete Linear Referencing--A complete set of tools to allow users to create, edit, display, and analyze linear referencing data (routes and events)

For more information on ArcGIS, call 1-800-447-9778 or visit the ESRI Web site at Outside the United States, please contact your local ESRI distributor; see for a current distributor list.

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