What's New in ArcGIS 9.3.1
ArcGIS 9.3.1 improves the performance of dynamic map publishing and increases the sharing of geographic information.
High-Performance Dynamic Map Publishing
- New faster drawing map service
- Outperforms ArcGIS 9.3.
- Produces significantly better-looking maps.
- Shortens map caching time.
- New Map Service Publishing toolbar in ArcMap helps you tune-up your map documents before publishing to ArcGIS Server.
- Review and respond to errors, unsupported content, and warnings about items that will slow down your dynamic map services.
- Preview your map document and estimated rendering time.
- Save your map document to a map service definition (msd) format, which is optimized for performance in ArcGIS Server.
Better Sharing of Geographic Information
- Better sharing of layers
- Layers referencing feature or raster data can be packaged into a single layer package comprised of both the layer file and data.
- These layer packages can be shared with other users via files, e-mail, or the new ArcGIS Online sharing capability.
- With ArcGIS Online users can
- Search for maps published by ESRI and other users.
- Upload maps and register online map services.
- Organize and control access to the maps they share.
- Save Web maps as items for others to share, discover, and use.
Fast Access to Microsoft Virtual Earth Maps and Imagery
- Quickly start GIS projects with ready-to-use content.
- Up-to-date multi-scale mapping content from Microsoft Virtual Earth includes aerial imagery, roads, and hybrid (aerial with labels) imagery.
- Content (imagery, roads, and hybrid) appears as another data layer in GIS providing excellent background maps on which users can overlay their operational data.
- ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server users directly connect to Microsoft Virtual Earth content via ArcGIS Online.
Enhanced Support for Java Developers
- Ability to extend the ArcGIS/ArcObjects Framework. Java developers can now create the following extensions in their native language:
- Custom geoprocessing tools
- Server object extensions (SOEs) and utility objects for ArcGIS Server
- Class extensions for customized data behavior in a geodatabase
- Custom renderers for customized rendering of data in ArcMap and ArcGIS Engine applications
- Plug-in data sources
- Tools for debugging, registering and deploying Java extensions for ArcGIS
- Support for Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE)
- Wizards to generate boilerplate code based on the developer's specification
- Autodeploy feature
Easy to Install
- Upgrading to ArcGIS 9.3.1 does not require uninstalling ArcGIS 9.3.
- Easy to migrate or work in mixed environments of ArcGIS 9.3 and ArcGIS 9.3.1 within the same organization since geodatabases, map documents, and APIs did not change.
ArcGIS 9.3.1 is scheduled to be available in Q2 2009. ESRI will automatically ship ArcGIS 9.3.1 to users current on maintenance.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to uninstall ArcGIS 9.3 before I install ArcGIS 9.3.1?
- No. ArcGIS 9.3.1 installs on top of ArcGIS 9.3.
- I am still using ArcGIS 9.2. Do I need to install ArcGIS 9.3 before I install ArcGIS 9.3.1?
- Customers who are current on maintenance will receive the ArcGIS 9.3.1 update install by default. In this case, you have two options:
- Install ArcGIS 9.3 (which requires uninstalling previous versions of ArcGIS) before installing the ArcGIS 9.3.1 update.
- Request the ArcGIS 9.3.1 complete install (includes ArcGIS 9.3 and ArcGIS 9.3.1 on one installation media) from www.esri.com/request931.
- Is the Microsoft Virtual Earth content free to ArcGIS users?
- ArcGIS Desktop users who are current on maintenance will be able to access Microsoft Virtual Earth at no additional cost. This access comes with an annual transaction cap that will be enough to meet the needs of most users. However, users who need more can purchase an annual subscription to the Virtual Earth service that has no transaction limitation.
ArcGIS Explorer users who have an existing ArcGIS Desktop license on the same machine as ArcGIS Explorer can use the Microsoft Virtual Earth content at no additional cost. ArcGIS Explorer users that do not have an ArcGIS desktop license can evaluate Microsoft Virtual Earth for 90 days (watermarked), and then purchase an unlimited use subscription.
- What makes dynamic map services faster in ArcGIS 9.3.1?
- We have worked on several major areas in ArcGIS 9.3.1 to improve the performance of dynamic map services. First of all, we have incorporated a new toolbar in ArcMap, which allows you to tune your map documents easily. This toolbar "analyzes" your map document and tells you how you could make it better performing. For example, it will detect if
- any of your layers are being projected on the fly.
- building a specific index on a field in your geodatabase is advisable.
- a layer does not have scale dependencies.
- a complex multilayered symbol is being used.
ArcGIS 9.3.1 also uses significantly improved drawing technology to accelerate map display, boosting your server's throughput.
Finally, we have optimized the output images created by the map service to make sure that they are as small as possible (while maintaining high cartographic standards). Smaller files mean faster download times, especially on low bandwidth networks.
- Can I accelerate caching times with 9.3.1?
- Yes. You can optimize your map documents and publish them through map service definition files, which will accelerate your map caching process.
- Can I create a map service definition file from any ArcMap document?
- Yes. However, the Map Service Publishing toolbar in ArcMap will warn you if there are any data sources that are not compatible with making high performance maps.
- Can I access ArcGIS 9.3.1 Map Services from 9.3 Web applications?
For additional details, download the What's New in ArcGIS 9.3.1 document [PDF].
Still have questions about ArcGIS 9.3.1? Please ask.