With every release of Geocortex Essentials I compare and contrast to previous releases... Although only labelled version 1.3, this actually represents our 16th release of Geocortex Essentials! (1.0 Beta, 1.0, 1.1 Beta 1, 1.1 Beta 2, 1.1 Release, 1.1 Service Pack 1, 1.2 Alpha 1, 1.2 Beta 1, 1.2 Beta 2, 1.2 Release, 1.2.1 Release, 1.2.2 Beta 1, 1.2.2, 1.3 Beta 1, 1.3 Beta 2, 1.3 Release).

Taken together, I am amazed at how rapidly this product has evolved in just eighteen months.

Anyway, cut last night, Geocortex Essential 1.3 contains some major new features:

  • Data Linking: Using ADO.NET, OLEDB and/or ODBC, administrators can define connections to a variety of data sources; including RDBMS, files, Web Services, GeoRSS feeds, and even live links to data sources like Excel spreadsheets. Data sources are abstracted from the administrator; they can be extended to connect to custom data types
  • New Print Templates allow administrators to create printable maps with the WYSIWG interface provided by a new desktop tool, Geocortex Report Designer. Print Templates can include the map, overview map, north arrow, scale bar, scale, legend, projection, date/time, and any other configurable text or images. Print Templates can be exported at high resolutions to multiple formats including PDF, RTF, HTML, XLS, TIFF and text.
  • The Reporting Engine allows configurable reports to be designed and deployed to Sites to include spatial data, map data, data from external data links, and other sources. Print ready reports can be exported to a variety of formats including PDF, RTF, HTML, XLS, TIFF and text
  • We’ve restructured Geocortex Essentials to include a Workflow Engine, built on Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET 3.0. This streamlines application development and allows developers to focus on deploying quick solutions that solve business needs.
  • Easy to use interfaces in Geocortex Essentials Manager for configuring security authorization, and adding users to roles

This was a major release because, after months of work, we had a whole bunch of functionality that was orchestrated for the Beta tossed over the wall a couple days before our user conference last month.

We're all pumped to have the final release out the door. For the next development iteration (3 weeks) our focus will be on ensuring compatibility with ArcGIS Server 9.3 (shipping in June) as well as ongoing JavaScript/REST API research and development.