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Start the New Year with ArcGIS 10.5 and Geocortex

Esri’s ArcGIS 10.5 is now available and we’re excited for what it has to offer Geocortex customers. This major release not only includes stability enhancements and improved functionality; it represents a big leap forward for Esri’s emerging Web GIS pattern, and makes it significantly easier for organizations to begin taking advantage of the modern pattern’s powerful capabilities.


 ArcGIS Enterprise: A Major Advancement in the Server Platform

ArcGIS Server is being renamed to ArcGIS Enterprise. Beginning at 10.5, ArcGIS Enterprise licensees will be able to take advantage of the ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Web Adaptor, and ArcGIS Data Store components under one license. The transition to ArcGIS Enterprise is straightforward and will continue to provide customers with deployment flexibility; you will now be able to deploy a complete web GIS in your own infrastructure.   

New ArcGIS Membership Levels

Another important advancement in 10.5 is the introduction of new membership levels. Level 1 membership is for users who only require viewing privileges for maps and apps that have been shared with them through the organization. Level 2 membership is for members who require the ability to view, edit, create and share content.

The new membership levels make web GIS more cost-effective and allow you to better tailor your deployments. You can learn more about the new membership levels here.

Geocortex & ArcGIS 10.5

Our product development and QA teams have been testing ArcGIS 10.5 pre-release software extensively over the past couple months, and we are very pleased to announce that the Geocortex product suite is completely compatible with 10.5.

"Portal for ArcGIS is central to our modern Geocortex product strategy."

Geocortex Essentials provides seamless integration with Portal for ArcGIS, and can leverage both web maps and map services (secured and anonymous) stored in Portal for ArcGIS or ArcGIS Online. One of the most powerful implications is that if a protected web map is used to build a Geocortex viewer application, the application will honor the security and prompt users to log-in with their ArcGIS identities.

Let us Help

We think that there has never been a better time to consider making the move to a modern web GIS. Geocortex will increasingly include tie-ins, dependencies, and value adds to Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online; the release of ArcGIS 10.5 makes it much easier for you to take advantage of the new pattern.

Many organizations may not be fully equipped to deploy modern Geocortex and Esri technology. Our ArcGIS Implementation Services team can help you navigate the transition, and fast-track effective deployments of Portal for ArcGIS and related technologies.

To learn more about how we can help you take advantage of web GIS in 2017, get in touch with us at


Esri 2016 User Conference: Q&A Highlights

At Latitude Geographics, we enjoy the rituals of preparing for the biggest annual event we attend: The Esri User Conference. One of these rituals I particularly enjoy is poring over Esri's meticulously prepared, pre-conference publication, called the Esri UC Q&A.

Each year it provides meaningful insights into Esri’s themes, message, strategy, and concrete development plans, and its coverage is extremely broad.

The 2016 edition emphasizes a key theme that is increasingly relevant to partners like us, and all organizations that use ArcGIS: the Web GIS pattern.

Rather than paraphrasing, I’ve captured some of the key questions that thoroughly describe Web GIS:

  • Can you explain what a Web GIS is?
    This is a great starting point for learning about Web GIS: Esri’s definitive explanation of the term.
  • What is the big idea with Web GIS?
    Esri’s response to this question describes an ambitious, global vision with comparisons to the Internet itself. This certainly is a ‘big idea’!
  • What is the Geoinformation Model, and why is it important?
    Most of the information in this answer is provided via the ArcGIS Online Help link provided. All software systems start with some sort of ‘model’. It’s great to see the formalization of the term Geoinformation Model to describe the building blocks of portals and Web GIS.
  • What is a web map and why is that important?
    I think that web maps form the central currency of ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS... and therefore a Web GIS. While Geocortex currently consumes web maps, we’re also doing a lot of engineering work right now to make web maps even more integral to our software.

At Latitude, we’re laser focused on building software that complements Web GIS implementation approaches. Geocortex integrates with ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, it consumes web maps and other aspects of the Geoinformation Model, and leverages ArcGIS identities to personalize app experiences and provide the right content to the right users. We spent a considerable amount of time discussing Web GIS at our own user conference in May, and are committed to helping our customers understand it as it continues to influence technology changes.

Another interesting takeaway from the Q&A is how Esri’s position of ArcGIS Server is evolving. No, I’m not referring to this (I have no comment on that), there’s a far more interesting question worth a read, and a re-read: How would you describe ArcGIS for Server today? Succinctly, we’re seeing ArcGIS for Server positioned as all aspects of the Web GIS that might run on premise, including the traditionally independently positioned Portal for ArcGIS, and server extension products. ArcGIS Server is far more than just the GIS server in its classic form, and it's empowering to think of it as a the on-premises component of a broad-reaching Web GIS.

We’re excited about heading down to San Diego next week to and talk about all things Web GIS with Esri and our customers! Come visit us in Booth 311, and visit our event page to sign up for some of the presentations, demonstrations, and get togethers we have planned.

Important Notice: Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.5 & ArcGIS for Server 10.4

Esri recently released ArcGIS 10.4, which includes stability enhancements and improved functionality. While we are pleased to announce that the latest versions of Geocortex Essentials (4.4.3) and Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 (2.5.2) have been tested and are compatible with ArcGIS 10.4, we have recently discovered that there are issues with ArcGIS for Server 10.4 and Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.5 compatibility.

It appears that the issue relates to an inability for Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.5 customers to load dynamic map services when using ArcGIS for Server 10.4. We are working with Esri’s Silverlight team to determine a path to resolution. We have not yet tested previous versions of Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight, but are making a conservative assumption that the same issue persists across all versions.

At this time, we are recommending that customers with applications built using Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight refrain from upgrading to ArcGIS 10.4 until we have more information and are able to offer a solution.

Again, Geocortex Essentials and Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 are working as expected with Esri’s latest release. We will reach out to our customers again with more information as soon as it is available.

Geocortex & the ArcGIS WebApp Builder

Although our viewers are only one aspect of Geocortex Essentials, they are undoubtedly the public face of the product. This post explains our planned approach for the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 in the context of Esri’s recently announced JavaScript viewer roadmap.

Esri first publicly previewed their upcoming ArcGIS WebApp Builder in the last few weeks, ending months of community speculation. Though we haven't been able to talk about it, Latitude Geographics has had visibility on this project for some time now. Advance information makes a real difference for our planning, and we’re grateful for the early access we've received from Esri as part of our close ongoing partnership.

We see the ArcGIS WebApp Builder (which we expect will be discussed in-depth at the Dev Summit in Palm Springs next week) as a necessary and very positive development for the Esri community, and we’re confident that the opportunity for Latitude Geographics to add compelling value to the viewer equation remains fundamentally unchanged.

Latitude Geographics first released the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 two years ago (April 2012) with the full expectation that Esri would eventually build an HTML5/JavaScript viewer to replace their Flex and Silverlight viewers.  Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 is mature, feature rich, and has many established implementations; we envision it serving as a parallel viewer to the ArcGIS WebApp Builder while Esri’s new offering develops and matures.

Consistent with the approach we’ve always taken, we are not planning a competitive roadmap. Factoring in market uptake and solution maturity, our plan is to integrate our existing HTML5/JavaScript capabilities and features with the ArcGIS WebApp Builder to help Esri customers maximize the potential of this platform while receiving the benefits associated with Geocortex and our overarching approach. Our goals will be to deliver an outcome greater than the sum of the parts, while ensuring no loss of functionality to existing users.

For us, being complementary (and not competitive) is key. However, that’s not to say there isn’t going to be some overlap. When we first architected our HTML5 viewer more than two years ago, we made decisions to separate the structure and plumbing of the viewer from the reusable components (modules/widgets) that live within it. This “framework design” is a common way of building software systems, and Esri is taking a similar approach with the ArcGIS WebApp Builder. So while there is some overlap in the underlying viewer frameworks, there’s also exciting potential to pick and choose reusable components from either viewer to best suit project requirements.

As always, our strategy is to help customers get even more done today, while keeping customers closely aligned with core Esri technology. We’re excited about Esri’s ArcGIS WebApp Builder. Our planned integration will open up a large new market of potential customers, avoid redundant development over time, and maximize alignment.

If you’re looking for something more specific or definitive right now in terms of scope and timelines, we can’t provide that just yet. The reality is that our work can’t get ahead of the realities of how (and when) real-world technology develops. The future has yet to unfold, but rest assured we're watching closely and we'll be there to help you make the most of it.

Ready to Go: Making the Most of Recent Geocortex Product Development


Think of this free 45-minute webinar as a highlight reel of the most noteworthy Geocortex product development that occurred in 2012, with emphasis on technology that is available right now for you to implement at your organization in the coming year.

When: Wednesday, January 9th 2013 @ 10 AM Pacific Time
Presenters: Drew Millen (Geocortex Product Manager) and Steven Myhill-Jones (Latitude Geographics President and CEO)

Please register now for this webinar; registration will close on January 7th.

Geocortex Optimizer 1.6 is Now Available

Latitude Geographics is pleased to announce the general availability of Geocortex Optimizer 1.6. This release offers support for ArcGIS Server 10.1, various feature enhancements and significant usability improvements. Highlights include:

  • Support for ArcGIS Server 10.1, including enhancements to make use of a new REST endpoint in ArcGIS Server for log files to support Esri’s migration from the IIS web server to Apache Tomcat
  • Support for WMS services. WMS service requests in ArcGIS Server are now logged, and a new WMS Requests line has been added to the Optimizer summary report
  • Support for Feature Editing operations. Editing requests to feature layers in ArcGIS Server are now logged and reported
  • Enhancements to scheduled reports functionality: reports may now be saved to a given directory, as well as scheduling reports for email to specified users
  • Enhancements to the configuration utility, including convenience functions that allow adding map, geocoding and image services on ArcGIS Server to a map service probe
  • Ability to track users when web mapping applications are accessed through Windows (through Windows username), as well as identifying users logging in through Windows integrated authentication security
  • Rewritten documentation, usability enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements to queries

Please consult the release notes for more detailed information regarding this release. The release may be downloaded by Optimizer customers with an active maintenance agreement from the Geocortex Support Center. If your account is handled by an authorized Geocortex reseller, please contact your local representative for access to installers and documentation.

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.1 Now Available

Latitude Geographics is pleased to announce the general availability of the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.1. This product release includes the very latest Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, a Viewer Template Engine (VTE) integration package for Geocortex Essentials, documentation, a Quickstart template project and a set of SDK samples. This is an evolutionary release, offering significant feature enhancements and improvements which build upon core functionality delivered in the initial release. Highlights include:

  • Offline support, with supporting infrastructure for developing custom offline applications, caching operational data and disconnected editing
  • A new layer list, suitable for desktop and mobile use, with configurable layout and behavior options
  • A new results list and table, offering a touch-friendly display of workflow and identify operation results, and configurable behavior on click and long-press events
  • Global search capabilities through an extensible search framework
  • Map feature details, showing attributes, related features, and attachments
  • Viewer interface enhancements, including improved platform support, usability improvements, configurable view groups with tab or drill-down controls, a dedicated geolocation button, and configurable tools and menus
  • Framework binding enhancements, enhanced workflow support, and bug fixes

Please consult the release notes for more detailed information regarding this release. The release may be downloaded by customers with an active maintenance agreement from the Geocortex Support Center. If your account is handled by an authorized Geocortex Reseller, please contact your local representative for access to installers and documentation.

New Geocortex Releases: Essentials 3.10, and Viewer for Silverlight 1.6

Latitude Geographics is pleased to announce the general availability of Geocortex Essentials 3.10 and the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 1.6. Highlights include:

Geocortex Essentials 3.10

  • Improved OGC WMS support
  • Addition of WMTS (Web Map Tile Service) support
  • Support for the soon-to-be-announced Advanced OGC Extension for Geocortex Essentials, which will provide rich new OGC-related interaction and capabilities (query, find, and identify support for WMS and WMTS, as well as the ability to query using WFS) to licensees of this optional extension *
  • Fourteen new workflow activities, including direct database queries and new useful conversion activities
  • Support for the upcoming Microsoft .NET 4.5 release
  • Several bug fixes and enhancements
  • Support for Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 1.6

Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 1.6

  • Ad hoc query builders (basic and advanced)
  • OGC support enabling additions
  • Custom legend swatches in layer list
  • Resizable data frame
  • In-place attribute editing (in table / grid)
  • Layer list improvements
  • Simplified select all / unselect all results
  • Support for Esri's API for Silverlight 3.0

Please consult the release notes for more detailed information regarding this release. Installers, release notes and supporting documentation may be downloaded by customers with an active Maintenance Agreement from the Geocortex Support Center. If your account is handled by an authorized Geocortex Reseller, please contact your local representative for access to installers and documentation.

* The Advanced OGC Extension for Geocortex Essentials will be available for general licensing in the coming weeks. Note that all existing and new Geocortex Essentials customers receive basic OGC support as part of the core Geocortex Essentials framework, which allows integration of WMS and WMTS offerings into web mapping applications.

New Geocortex Release: Essentials 3.9

We're pleased to announce the general availability of Geocortex Essentials 3.9

Customers can consult the release notes, and download installers and supporting documentation from the Geocortex Support Center. Highlights of this release include:

  • Runtime modifications to Forms. The Display Form activity now contains a new child sequence activity that provides access to the Form's object model, permitting runtime modifications to the form. This enables end users to be presented with different value options based on previous inputs (e.g. if user specifies their location is in “Canada”, they could be offered “Province” values rather than “State” values)
  • New Workflow activities (14 new and updated)
  • Compatibility with Esri ArcGIS Server 10.1 pre-release
  • Installer improvements
  • Bug fixes

Please contact your Latitude Geographics account representative or local reseller if you have any questions!

Introducing the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5

Since mid-2011, we’ve been working away, developing our new Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 to serve organizations deploying Esri’s ArcGIS Server technology. I’m happy to announce that version 1.0 is now available.

It’s clear Esri users are excited about exploring how to leverage HTML5 and ArcGIS Server.  Because it’s still relatively early in the evolution of the HTML5 standard, we’ve been careful to take an approach that strikes the right balance between delivering powerful functionality today and not overextending what browsers can currently support.

The Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 serves different use cases than our feature-rich web mapping/GIS viewers based on Silverlight and Flex. While its capabilities will grow over time, for the foreseeable future the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 will serve as a complementary viewer geared towards providing simple, targeted web-mapping applications serving desktop browsers, tablets, and a broad array of mobile devices. It allows you to deliver applications across platforms and devices without having to worry about plugins or building native applications, which is especially applicable to mobile scenarios.

The core framework of the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 is architected after the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight (named commands and events, shells, regions, and views, and configuration), and prior Workflows you’ve created should just work.

The Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 has already undergone a number of iterations as part of professional services implementations that started back in October, but version 1.0 is still largely an infrastructure release geared towards workflow-driven mobile apps. Nevertheless, the foundation is all there and we have an aggressive R&D scheduled for the remainder of 2012.

To get started now, Geocortex Essentials customers can download the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 from the Geocortex Support Center. In addition to documentation and sample code, we’ve also developed a half-day training course; the first is scheduled for May 2nd.

The online Geocortex User Conference (June 6-7) will also offer sessions on HTML5 strategy and development.

Remember, though HTML5 today delivers when applied in the right ways, it remains an emerging standard. If you want to learn more about HTML5 and Esri technology, including when it might make sense for your organization to get started, be sure to visit