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Geocortex and ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.0

You may have heard today's announcement; Esri’s long anticipated and landmark ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.0 has been released! As consumers of Esri’s JavaScript API in Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, we couldn’t be more excited because it helps usher in the next generation of web GIS (including 3D).

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 (GVH) 1.0 was released more than 4 years ago, built on ArcGIS API for JavaScript 2.8. Today, GVH 2.6 uses the 3.16 version (the most recent release of the 3.x line).

The 4.0 release is effectively a ground-up rewrite that was required to properly take advantage of modern web development patterns and introduce 3D capabilities. According to Esri:

"Version 4.0 is a substantial overhaul of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and its mapping components. Consider rewriting applications instead of simply trying to update them."

I often receive questions about our plans for 4.0. Effectively, we’re following Esri’s advice and we’re creating an all new 3.x version of Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 that will be based on the new ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.x.

It’s a big project that got underway last summer, and will likely continue into the first-half of 2017. We won't be able to supersede GVH 2.x until the 4.0 API offers all of the capabilities available with 3.16. Specifically, many of our customers take advantage of drawing, editing, capturing geometry, OGC support, and other features that are yet not available in the 4.x version.

For this reason, we will continue to release additional versions of GVH 2.x before GVH 3.0 is released, as there is lots of useful work for us to do that'll see heavy use by customers in the full-featured, 2D-only space.

The day will come when GVH 3.0 supersedes 2.x; at that time, we’ll enable our customers to simply upgrade their applications from 2.x to 3.x, and start leveraging all of the great capabilities that the 4.x ArcGIS API has to offer... without losing any functionality or having to rewrite applications (except for custom code they've created).

Applications – or aspects of applications that leverage configured modules or provide custom functionality via Geocortex Workflows -- will be directly upgradeable. Customers and partners that have written custom code on top of GVH 2.x to solve unique and specific use cases will likely need to update or rewrite that custom code to migrate because 4.0 is a fundamentally new API (this scenario highlights why our enduring product strategy and development recommendation is to follow approaches that avoid custom code as much as possible).

We work hard to build technology that helps ensure you can get maximum work done today, while also engineering our products to ensure minimum possible challenges when it comes time to embrace and leverage what's next. We believe our plans for 4.0 are right on track.

We'll share more in-depth information about what's coming with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 3.0 (and much, much more) during our Geocortex User Conference in a couple weeks (May 18-19), so don't forget to register!


Geocortex Essentials 4.5, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6 & Geocortex Mobile App Framework 2.0

Our latest Geocortex release includes a major upgrade to our mobile/offline offering and brings our HTML5 viewer to almost complete parity (and beyond!) with Silverlight.

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Latitude Geographics has released Geocortex Essentials 4.5, alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6 and Geocortex Mobile App Framework 2.0.

Packed with dozens of new features, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6 can now directly replace almost all remaining Silverlight viewers in the world. With only a small handful of niche features remaining to achieve complete parity with Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight (plus all new HTML5 capabilities that go far beyond), our next release will officially make Silverlight a relic of the past. You can save and share projects, upload data files to maps, and take advantage of comprehensive coordinate tools. We’ve also added print previews, the ability to configure the splash screen logo, and a right-click context menu that includes important information alongside a configurable list of menu options.

We also have big news regarding our iOS, Windows, and Android versions of Geocortex Mobile App Framework 2.0, which offers an improved, synchronized offline experience. It leverages Esri’s geodatabase replica format to enable full-text searching and spatial intersection of offline features stored on a device. We’ve introduced offline maps for defining, downloading and syncing offline maps, and streamlined basemap management lets you dynamically generate basemaps within an area of interest. These are big additions to our steadily evolving framework, and are the direct result of requests from our customers who find themselves increasingly needing to do their work offline.

Geocortex Mobile App Framework uses Esri’s Runtime SDK Standard Edition licensing, which is available via a standard ArcGIS identity. The ArcGIS Runtime SDK standard license can be acquired by purchasing license packs from Esri, or by ensuring that users sign-in to Geocortex Mobile App Framework-based apps using an ArcGIS identity belonging to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

Customers using an existing version of Geocortex Mobile App Framework (1.x) will need to ensure that their users sync their data with the geodatabase before they upgrade to 2.0 – upgrading will not preserve the data stored on the device. Also, if you are deploying GMAF for iOS within your organization, please remember that you need to acquire an Apple Enterprise Developer License. The license provides a safe and secure channel for distributing the application to your users. You will also need to work with Latitude Geographics to sign the application.

As always, there are also numerous minor features, various bug fixes and user experience enhancements included as part of this release. We recommend you consult the release notes for more detailed information.

Note: There is interdependence between Geocortex Essentials, Geocortex Mobile App Framework, and our HTML5 viewer; implementing some newly-introduced features will require the latest versions.

Current Geocortex customers: Installers, release notes and supporting documentation can be downloaded by licensees 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.

Customers interested in learning more about some of the new features being introduced can watch a set of new feature videos that will be available for viewing in the coming weeks in the Geocortex Support Center.

Not a Geocortex customer yet? Check out our Product Release page to learn more about our current release — including a detailed features list — or visit our Discovery Center and get in touch with us.


Latitude Geographics & Geocortex in 2015… and 2016 (Part 2)

Continuing from last week, here's items 5 to 1 on our Top Ten list of the notable developments at Latitude Geographics in 2015 that will have a big influence on the work we all do with Geocortex in 2016:

5. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA Compliance

In 2015 we raised the bar in web GIS by providing support for end-users with disabilities. Released in March, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4 introduced out-of-the-box compliance with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) industry standard guidelines, including features that are – at minimum – Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 AA compliant. We did unprecedented development in the industry, which included focus group testing (special thanks to our colleagues at York Region in Southern Ontario who led this!) to help serve as an industry leader in accessibility within web mapping applications and provide users of all abilities with the best possible user experiences.

In 2016 we will be sharing the stories of end-users who are making the most of Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, and will be urging our government customers, in particular, to make their public-facing maps more accessible to everyone in their communities. Even if it’s not yet legislated in your jurisdiction, take a look… it’s just the right thing to do.

4. Mobile Offline: Geocortex Mobile App Framework

Many organizations require end-users to work with maps on mobile devices, even when operating in an environment with limited to no Internet connectivity, and Collector for ArcGIS is an ideal solution for this scenario. In some cases, there is a need to deliver a customized mobile offline application; to serve this need, we offer Geocortex Mobile App Framework (GMAF), which is included as part of Geocortex Essentials and follows an HTML5-centric approach that can be deployed to – and make the most of – specific mobile device hardware.

In 2015 we simplified GMAF’s architecture to enable a streamlined user experience for downloading and saving viewers that need to work offline onto a device, and added an Android application that is functionally identical to our existing iOS and Windows apps. 2016 will continue to see us improve GMAF, with version 2.0 shipping alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6 and Geocortex Essentials 4.5 in the coming months.

3. Application Performance Monitoring: Geocortex Insight

In October 2015 we released Geocortex Insight, our latest-generation product that helps customers understand use patterns, quantify and report on their GIS infrastructure’s return-on-investment, and build better applications based on near-real time data analysis. It is the successor to Geocortex Optimizer, which we released eight years ago, and has been built from the ground up to reflect the modern ArcGIS platform era.

Geocortex Insight will be front and center for us in 2016. When it was launched last year, we spent the first few months working with our current Geocortex Optimizer customers to help them transition to the new product, and took the time to ask them questions and gather their feedback. We’re very happy with how Geocortex Insight is already helping customers get even clearer pictures of their GIS infrastructures, while continuing aggressive development. And judging by nearly 500 participants in our recent Introduction to Geocortex Insight webinar, there’s lots of interest in the benefits a technology like it provides!

2. Solutions for Public Safety: Geocortex Active Operating Picture

Geocortex Active Operating Picture (AOP) is a product built on the foundation of Geocortex Essentials that helps incident commanders respond to emergency situations with a reliable, direct link to the field. AOP’s design enables clear, multi-way communication with mobile accessibility, a common/clean map interface, and tools to plan routes, share information and manage conversations. It complements the suite of public safety solutions we have built with our customers over the years, and represents one of our first complete, industry-specific offerings.

AOP’s demonstration was a hit at the Esri User Conference in July 2015. We hosted a webinar a month later and started to have more conversations about how AOP could help our customers solve their business problems. What we quickly learned is that Geocortex Active Operating Picture has a broad applicability outside of single-event emergencies. We’re reorienting it from being an industry-specific offering in the sense that Geocortex Essentials and Geocortex Insight are “products”, given its much wider applicability.

2016 will continue this trend, and we can’t wait to see how AOP will evolve to help our customers protect people and property, and respond as quickly and efficiently as possible in emergency situations.

1. Esri’s Portal for ArcGIS/ArcGIS Online and Geocortex

Throughout 2015, our work to embrace Esri’s vision for the modern ArcGIS platform era continued. From core engineering to enable deep, long-term orientation around web maps, identities, portal-centric deployment and web GIS information models – to implementing these new patterns on projects with clients working to unify their web GIS – we are helping position them to take their spatial endeavors to new levels as the future continues to unfold.

This work continues in earnest in 2016, and we’re excited about what’s coming from Esri this year; it’s an exciting time to be in this field!


Latitude Geographics & Geocortex in 2015… and 2016 (Part 1)

On January 15th we held our Annual Kick-Off – a conference-style event at our headquarters in Victoria – where each team at Latitude Geographics shared their strategies for the year ahead and we set our 2016 plans into motion.

Of course, we let ourselves have a little bit of fun after the event as well.

As we looked back on 2015, we realized just how big a year it was. We welcomed 26 new Latituders to the company (which led us to take over an additional floor in our head office’s building), established new programs to share our technology with educational and non-profit organizations, built targeted, industry-specific solutions, launched more features and capabilities in our core product than ever before (we also added a new product while we were at it!), and made some important new partnerships.

Here’s a Top 10 list, in hotly contested order, of the notable developments at Latitude Geographics in 2015 that will have a big influence on the work we all do with Geocortex in 2016. (Well, this post actually contains the first five entries in our list... we will post the second part next week.)

10. Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 and Feature Parity (+)

When Google definitively deprecated support for Silverlight in their Chrome web browser in September 2015 faster than anyone expected, we were closing in on our goal of feature parity with previous-generation technology. A huge number of client migrations took place in 2015, and aggressive development of Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 features was our #1 focus over the year.

2015 saw two massive releases of our HTML5 viewer (2.4 and 2.5), with 40+ new capabilities and enhancements, including (for example): visualization options for point features including heatmaps and clustering, out-of-the-box buffering support, accessibility enhancements for end-users with disabilities, using geolocation/GPS to create features, the addition of a fully pre-configured toolbar with context-sensitive tools and stateful toggle buttons, drill-down map tips for all devices, and a brand new UX for handheld devices.

In the coming weeks, we will ship Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6, which includes an improved “save/open project” feature, and brings us to primary feature parity with our Silverlight viewer. Some features are no longer required, while others are niche and flowed into the product as a result of specific professional services work.  Many features have been enhanced and enriched for next generation, and there are a bunch of completely new features for customers to get acquainted with.

9. Geocortex Support Center Upgrade

We launched a completely overhauled and modernized the Geocortex Support Center in September 2015. New features include improved search capabilities, the ability to post ideas (including up/down-voting), and the ability to submit and monitor support cases more easily. Customers can also contribute to the community and find information related to specific products, which have their own forum, knowledge base, code gallery, video, and product download sections.

8. Geocortex Decision Support via a Houston Advanced Research Center Collaboration

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program, managed by Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), focuses on providing unbiased science and developing solutions to address issues associated with oil and gas development. HARC, the University of Arkansas, and Latitude Geographics collaborated on a multi-year project, which completed in November 2015, to help create software for accessible geodesign related to well pad placement.

Our work with HARC resulted in the development of Geocortex Decision Support, which is centered on a collaborative, familiar interface that allows project team members to interact with GIS data without needing to be GIS experts. Users can share maps with other users in the organization, provide input on siting decisions via comments, and view/respond to tasks assigned by others.

While the impetus for this project was to help the energy sector make environmentally-conscious decisions, it is clear the foundation of Geocortex Decision Support can help any industry that has a need for project teams to collaborate with spatial data. Some exciting customer conversations have already begun.

7. Geocortex for Educational Use & Geocortex for Non-Profit Organizations

Esri provides amazing, no-cost access to ArcGIS technology for use by K-12 institutions, and low-cost access for post-secondary educational use. Inspired by this, we rolled out a complementary program in 2015 to help remove barriers to access for educators and students who’d benefit from integrating Geocortex technology into their curriculum and research.

At the same time we launched the Geocortex for Educational Use Program, we also created the Geocortex Non-Profit Organization Program. We believe deeply in the importance of organizations that strive for positive social and environmental change; there are many organizations in the non-profit/charity sector that have talented people and great mandates, but as registered non-profit organizations, have limited funds with which to procure software like ours. Our hope is that this program will make it easier for them to do their valuable work.

You can inquire about the Geocortex for Educational Use Program or Geocortex Non-Profit Organization Program by emailing us at education@latitudegeo.com and nonprofit@latitudegeo.com respectively.

6. Schneider Partnership & ArcFM Web

In July, we jointly announced our partnership with Schneider Electric at their user group meeting in San Diego, with news that our Geocortex Essentials software would soon be integrated into Schneider Electric’s ArcFM™ solution. This partnership allows utilities to develop useful, targeted applications to quickly empower field workers, streamline business processes, manage assets and analyze data.

Officially released in November, ArcFM Web extends the capabilities of Schneider Electric’s GIS solutions using core Geocortex technology.

Schneider’s ArcFM solution has long been the industry standard for utilities that are looking to leverage the benefits of GIS solutions. Now, with a little support from Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, ArcFM Web provides customer access across devices. This is a new partnership that we expect will blossom in 2016.

Stay tuned for the second half of this list, which we will post next week!


Geocortex Essentials 4.3, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4 & Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.2

Latest Geocortex release includes most feature-rich HTML5 viewer ever, accessibility for end-users with disabilities, inclusion of Android devices for offline scenarios

Latitude Geographics has released Geocortex Essentials 4.3, alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4 and Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.2.

This release contains so many features and improvements that we got our customers involved early. We ran a month-long beta program and close to 200 customers provided their feedback to help us improve the quality of our software: thank you to everyone who participated… your input is extremely appreciated!

Geocortex Essentials has made some major improvements under the hood to improve performance. Instant Search – which allows you to scan across millions of indexed records – has been updated, and new Workflow activities are available to help streamline and automate even the most complex business processes. We’ve also included support for KML layers and folder configuration options with the help of icons and radio buttons.

The biggest news, however, is the huge leap we’ve taken with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5. We’ve added over 20 significant new capabilities and several enhancements, with a dedicated focus on improving user experiences across devices and in any environment. An optional compact toolbar, improved feature details, and drill-down map tips are available for all devices, and handheld devices have a brand new UX and UI. We’ve also helped make maps more accessible to end-users with disabilities by ensuring that all out-of-the-box tools and features are Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 AA compliant.

Geocortex Mobile App Framework’s iOS and Windows versions have been improved, and support for Android devices has been added at the request of our customers. All three editions contain an “online/offline” toggle button and indicator when paired with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4.

Here are the highlights of this major release:

Geocortex Essentials 4.3

  • Improvements to Instant Search to increase feature scanning speeds, recover errors and perform multiple service scans simultaneously
  • Instant Search can now scan secured services and services with coded value domains
  • Radio button layer behavior
  • Support for adding KML files to a site
  • Configurable copyright attribution for all service types
  • New Workflow activities and improvements
  • Layer security now supports related tables

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4

  • WCAG 2.0 AA compliance (including support for screen readers and mouseless navigation of user interface)
  • Completely new, upgraded handheld shell with a streamlined UX and improved UI
  • Applications with fewer tools can now be arranged in an optional compact toolbar
  • Pictometry® Extension for Geocortex Essentials is now an integrated, out-of-the-box feature
  • Export map image to a variety of image formats and include georeferenced image metadata
  • Display a configured overview map
  • Support for displaying, identifying and querying KML layers
  • Transition through multiple years of aerial imagery with a time-based basemap slider
  • New Feature Details view allows you to arrange the feature description, attributes, hyperlinks, charts, related records and attachments in top-left, top-right and bottom panels
  • Drill-down map tips return features from multiple layers beneath a clicked point
  • Fixed-position displays for map tips
  • Create sharable URLs with query parameters that preserve the current scale, map center, visible layers and selected theme
  • Allow application sharing via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and email
  • Export search, identify, query and measurement results to CSV, XLSX and shapefile formats
  • Configure search selection display text when no results can be found
  • Report mouse coordinates in map units, or lat/long in a variety of formats
  • Configurable application footer to store hyperlinks or dynamic controls (scalebar, mouse coordinates, social media links)
  • Automatically pan the map with tools that use shapes (lines, polygons, rectangles, etc.) when used near the edges of the map
  • Report coordinates in a status message when geolocation is invoked
  • Multi-tool widget allows grouping of similar tools into a fly-out menu
  • 3rd party map integration container allows docking maps from Bing, Pictometry® and other sources

As always, there are also numerous minor features, various bug fixes and user experience enhancements included as part of this release. We recommend you consult the release notes for more detailed information.

Note: There is interdependence between Geocortex Essentials and our HTML5 viewer; implementing some newly-introduced features will require the latest version of Geocortex Essentials.

Current Geocortex customers: Installers, release notes and supporting documentation can be downloaded by licensees 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.

Customers interested in learning more about some of the new features being introduced can watch a set of new feature videos that are available for viewing in the Geocortex Support Center.

Not a Geocortex customer yet? Visit our Discovery Center and get in touch with us.


Google Chrome, Silverlight, and the Move to HTML5

Google first announced their plan to deprecate support for Silverlight in their Chrome web browser last year, and they recently reaffirmed this decision with specific timelines. Support for Silverlight inside Chrome will see deprecation starting in January 2015, with workarounds ending in April 2015. When we blogged about this in late 2013, we mentioned the possibility that either (a) Google might push their timelines out; or (b) Microsoft might come with a solution. At the same time, we reaffirmed our commitment to HTML5, open standards, and a transition plan for moving off Silverlight. Before we talk about paths forward and the future, let’s discuss the current facts.

The majority of our customers have either transitioned onto our HTML5 technology or are already working through a transition plan. If you aren’t currently deploying applications using Silverlight, or your users don’t use Google Chrome (Internet Explorer will continue to work for years to come and Firefox already has a degraded experience), these specific upcoming changes won’t affect you. However, given the tremendous benefits of HTML5 (e.g. no plugins, cross platform support) we encourage you to prioritize HTML-based applications in 2015 regardless.

Here’s a reminder of what’s happening over the next few months:

  1. Sometime in January 2015, Google will release a version of Chrome that will prompt users to enable Silverlight when accessing a Silverlight application. Once enabled, the setting should stay indefinitely, and the user won’t be asked again. This is very similar to the functionality seen today in Firefox.
  2. Following that change, sometime in April 2015, Google will roll out another update that will disable Silverlight from running in Chrome entirely.  At this point, it will be technically possible to override this behavior in Chrome’s settings, but the average end user can’t be expected to do this.
  3. Finally, sometime around September 2015, Chrome will completely lose the ability to run Silverlight with no way to override.  While the September date gives a sliver of hope for running Silverlight applications on Chrome later into 2015, our advice is to work towards the January date while keeping the April date as a drop-dead backup plan.

Our goal is to engineer technology to make adaptation to change (desirable or otherwise) as straightforward as possible. Our Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 – together with our workflow technology – make up the key transition strategy for those who have built applications with Silverlight. Over the last year we’ve been extremely focused on building out comparable functionality in our HTML5 viewer; in the first months of 2015, we’re scheduled to release Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4, which we anticipate will cover the vast majority of functionality that is actively deployed in our Silverlight viewer.

For some, standing up a parallel HTML5 application has taken only hours or a few days; for others it can be more time consuming, depending on the level of customization required. If you haven’t already done so, we strongly encourage you to begin heading down this path soon.

Recognizing that a full transition to HTML5 can take some time, we’ve set up a number of resources that you can take advantage of immediately to minimize disruptions to your existing Silverlight applications. Please visit http://www.geocortex.com/silverlight-to-html5 where you’ll find the following:

  • More in-depth information to help you with this transition;
  • HTML content you can put on your website today to minimize unexpected messages to your end users visiting with Google Chrome; and
  • Information about an upcoming Silverlight to HTML5 webinar, scheduled for January 7, 2015.

Our product development team has been working hard since 2011 to help ensure the eventual transition from Silverlight to HTML5 is as smooth as possible for our clients. If you're still deploying public-facing sites and haven't yet completed the majority of your transition to HTML5, we encourage you to make use of the above resources to get applications across the finish line before the end of March.


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.


Announcing Geocortex Essentials 3.15, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.3 and Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 1.10

Latitude Geographics is pleased to announce the general availability of Geocortex Essentials 3.15, the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.3 and the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 1.10. These releases include significant amount of development, resulting in many new features and fixes.

Some new features require the latest version of Geocortex Essentials as well as the latest version of the viewers, therefore we are releasing all of these new product versions together. Below is a short list of the key additions included in these releases.

Geocortex Essentials 3.15

Key additions:

  • Compatible with ArcGIS Server 10.2.
  • Comprehensive Support for Coded Value Domains. A new feature called the Services Enhancement Proxy can be used to improve and standardize the handling of feature data with coded value domain fields, among other things.
  • Standardized Presentation of date/time Data. The Services Enhancement Proxy is also used to standardize the presentation of date/time data.
  • Access ArcGIS Online secure content. Public ArcGIS Online content has been supported since Essentials 3.12. With this release, administrators can now create sites and applications that contain secured content from ArcGIS Online.
  • Feature Clustering. Flare Cluster Symbols on Feature Layers with colour and threshold control.
  • Heat Maps. Heat Map symbolization on Feature Layers with colour gradient control.

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.3

Key additions:

  • Toolbar. Added a highly configurable toolbar component. Supports desktop, tablet, and mobile with shared or individual configurations.
  • Legend. Added a legend for ArcGIS Dynamic Map Service layers, Feature Services, and basic WMS services. Functions in offline mode when working with Feature Services.
  • Home Panel. Added support for a configurable Home panel.
  • Printing Interface. Added an interface for printing.
  • Sorting and Paging. Added sorting and paging to results in table views.
  • Editing Enhancements. Resolved a number of issues around On Demand feature layers. Improved validation and enhanced support for types, sub-types, and coded domain values.

Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 1.10

Key additions:

  • Automatic Resolution of Coded Value Domains and Subtypes. When attribute values are displayed, the coded value description is now shown instead of the code stored in the geodatabase for fields with coded value domains or subtypes.
  • Support for Heat Maps and Feature Clustering. Configure heat maps and clustering properties on layers in Geocortex Essentials 3.15.
  • Support for Protected ArcGIS Online Content. The Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight now allows users to provide their ArcGIS Online named user account in order to access protected ArcGIS Online web maps and map services.
  • Richer Support for Editing and Resymbolizing Existing Markup. Once markup is added to the map, users can now resymbolize that markup.

This is just a selection of new features in these new versions. Combined, these releases also include over 200 bug fixes and UI improvements. Please consult the release notes of each product for more detailed information.

This version of the Essentials API and the HTML5 Framework is compatible with version 1.2.1 of the HTML5 SDK. The TypeScript version of the API docs are forthcoming and will be published separately. The documentation for these APIs can be found in the SamplesViewer of the 1.2.1 release package.

Installers, release notes and supporting documentation can be downloaded by licensees 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.

We will be making feature videos available for viewing in the Geocortex Support Center so that customers can learn more about new features introduced in these releases.


Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.2 Now Available

Product Announcement

The latest release of the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 features functional enhancements and usability improvements to support mobile use cases and workflows. This release includes:

  • A more user-friendly interface for configuring viewers in Geocortex Essentials Manager, including an “instant preview” function for smartphones and tablets
  • Full support for viewing non-spatial data configured with data links
  • Programmatic commands that support feature highlighting and markup
  • Support for Esri’s ArcGIS API for JavaScript version 3.3
  • Dozens of user experience enhancements
  • New, more efficient offline and synchronization processes:
    • Easily provision an application for offline use
    • Launch the viewer when offline or online
    • A suite of feature editing tools that work online or offline
    • Complete back-office synchronization of data

Please note that the use of tiled basemaps or native device capabilities will require the deployment of a native (i.e., device-specific) application. In the coming months, Latitude Geographics will release the Geocortex App to Apple’s App Store and Google Play, which will enable the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 to work with larger locally stored basemaps and integrate with device hardware such as a camera.

The Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 1.2 provides a further enriched foundation for Latitude Geographics to accelerate the release of new functionality moving forward; expect numerous feature additions in the months to come.

Please consult the release notes for more detailed information regarding this release. The release may be downloaded by Geocortex licensees with an active maintenance agreement from the Geocortex Support Center. Video recordings describing new features will be available for viewing in the Geocortex Support Center by the end of February. If your account is handled by an authorized Geocortex Reseller, please contact your local representative for access to installers and documentation.


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

Webinar

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.