Monthly Archives: June 2013

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #1: Improved Table Management

After an Australian Public Holiday that helped serve as a drumroll, the final set of improvements, and those I would most like to see in ArcGIS 10.2, are all related to Tables, in particular geodatabase tables:

Before leaving this countdown I will mention just one of the very many worthy ArcGIS Ideas that “missed my cut” which is 64 bit ArcGIS Desktop and currently “Under Consideration”.

With that I will handover to the Plenary presenters to hopefully fulfil more than just one or two of my wishlist.

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Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #2: Export direct to Excel

Coming in at #2 is a simple and straightforward request that appears to already be Under Consideration:

This has already been requested by 1,238 people but to ensure it gets over the line sooner rather than later, if you have not already voted for it, be sure to add your voice to the ArcGIS Idea link above.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #3: ModelBuilder & Background Geoprocessing Progress Indicator

ModelBuilder is not the most fashionable part of the Geoprocessing Framework since the advent of ArcPy but it still plays a key role for those who want to visualise their processes in a way that code alone cannot.  Coupled with enhancement of the much maligned background geoprocessing progress bar (which seems to be Under Consideration for improvement) is enough for me to rank it #3.

PS I almost included “Save As” in Model Builder here but am pleased to note that this was implemented in 10.1 – thanks Esri!

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #4: Better PDF Support

At #4 are enhancements that I would like to see related to PDF support.  Most of these relate to “maps on demand” type Geoprocessing Services that I sometimes develop.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #5: Definition Query Improvements

Coming in at #5 are two enhancements that I would like to see for Definition Queries, the first of which looks like it should be simple to implement and very popular:

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #6: Attribute Table window(s) Improvements

Coming in at #6 are just  a few key changes that I would like to see for the Attribute Table window:

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #7: More for your Basic license

First of all I wish to give Esri much credit for opening up the power of ArcGIS for Desktop at Advanced license level (with Extensions) for non-commercial use via its ArcGIS for Home Use at a price of only $100 per annum.

However, I would like to see the bang for buck increased a little for its commercial users by beefing up the Basic (formerly known as ArcView) license level.  Personally, I would like to see the name Basic for such a great product dispensed with, and that level called Standard with more or less the precise level of functionality that Standard (formerly known as ArcEditor) has today.  The key restriction on this new Standard would be that it does not access an enterprise geodatabase only file geodatabases.  The capability to update enterprise geodatabases would be just a paid extension to Standard that comes free with Advanced (formerly ArcInfo).

Some of the key additions to today’s Basic that I would recommend are:

It’s a small thing, but while we are talking about license levels could Esri please Restore license level to window name – it seems bizarre that it was removed.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #8: Opening Esri

I read with interest a recent blog posting by Chris Holmes on Opening Esri and can see similar ideas in many current enhancement requests.

On OGC support I would like to see Esri:

And while we are talking web services, the Connection to ArcGIS Online should be on-demand  to stop the Find tool opening so slowly so often.

It would also be great to have some public domain and open source options for personal geodatabases like SQLite/SpatiaLite and PostgreSQL/PostGIS and it was heartening to see the former demonstrated at the Dev Summit.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.