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Geocortex at the 2017 Esri Partner Conference & DevSummit

We are less than a week away from Esri’s annual Partner Conference and DevSummit, taking place March 6-10 in beautiful Palm Springs, California. It’s always a great opportunity to connect with the Esri (and Geocortex!) community.

This year, we are coming to the event with lots of exciting things to share and discuss.

Next-generation Geocortex Workflow

For the last 5+ years, Geocortex Workflow has been one of the most popular capabilities offered with Geocortex Essentials, and we’re pleased to share that later in 2017, you will be able to purchase the next-generation Geocortex Workflow as a standalone product!

For those who aren’t familiar with Geocortex Workflow, it allows you to create simplified, guided interactions for end-users, without programming. Organizations around the world have leveraged Geocortex Workflow to streamline and automate complex business processes… in many cases, this has resulted in significant annual savings.

Geocortex Workflow will also ship with some significant improvements:

  • Take your workflows offline: You will be able to run Geocortex Workflow offline in environments with limited or no Internet connectivity – one of the most sought after features in recent years.
  • Geocortex inside Esri apps: Esri customers will now be able to harness the power of Geocortex Workflow technology inside Esri’s Web AppBuilder Developer Edition (with more to come soon).
  • Efficient, intuitive web-based designer: Geocortex Workflow Designer is undergoing improvements, and will now be web-based to offer a much more intuitive and simplified experience for builders of workflows. 

Additional product enhancements:

We also encourage you to come chat with us about the other product enhancements we’ve made over the past few months. It’s been a busy start to 2017 for the Geocortex Product Development team, with no signs of slowing down!

  • Accessibility: Are you having trouble meeting Section 508 Standards and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) compliance? Check out our blog post on the topic and let us help clear up any confusion.
  • Integrations: Do you need to integrate 3rd party business systems and data sources? Come see how Geocortex customers are integrating with 3rd party land management, asset management, document management and business intelligence systems!
  • Security: Want to apply fine-grained permissions to control access to layers and capabilities within apps? Let us show you how Geocortex simplifies the process, and learn how our technology works with ArcGIS identities.
  • Web Reporting and Printing: Do you need a simple way to generate printable reports? Need to print high quality maps in large or unique formats? Swing by and see Geocortex Web Reporting and Printing in action.

Where to find us:

  • The Geocortex Technology Update (for Geocortex Business Partners): Paul Salah (Director, Business Development), and Drew Millen (Director, Products) will demonstrate recent product advancements and share a roadmap of the most exciting projects we’re working on. If you’re interested in attending, please contact us at: partners@latitudegeo.com.
  • The GIS Solutions Expo: We’ll be exhibiting in booth #122 on March 6 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. Drop by and have a member of the team walk you through Geocortex Essentials and Geocortex Analytics, and explore how we can help you accomplish even more with Esri’s modern ArcGIS technology.

We also have time available for 1-to-1 meetings. If you’d like to schedule some time to connect in Palm Springs, contact us today (partners@latitudegeo.com).

See you soon!


Web maps for everyone: Why you should be paying attention to accessibility

In our daily lives there are things that many of us take for granted, and may not always be available to everyone. Accessibility has become a top-of-mind topic for businesses, government agencies, and developers of technology in recent years – particularly as modern society finds new ways to be more inclusive.

Accessibility on Geocortex Essentials

What does accessibility mean on the web?

First published in 1999, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are a set of principles -- determined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) -- that lay out how to best make web offerings (including web maps) accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of ability. This means providing alternatives to audio and visual content, providing clear and varying navigation options, and ensuring you are not relying on color and graphics alone.   

Accessibility in practice

Many jurisdictions and organizations are legally requiring accessibility support for web offerings; as technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, historic exemptions for web mapping are being eliminated. The Government of Canada has detailed standards on web accessibility, which require all web offerings available externally and internally to conform to the requirements of WCAG 2.0. The Province of Ontario was the first Canadian province to pass a law that improves accessibility in areas that impact the daily lives of people with disabilities.

In January 2017, the United States updated Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with a new rule that adopts many of WCAG's success criteria. These Section 508 Standards apply to electronic and information technology that is developed, procured, maintained or used by federal agencies, and contain technical criteria specific to various types of technologies.

Additionally, regulators in the United Kingdom, European Union, Australia and Israel require government web offerings to conform to WCAG standards, and we only expect more federal and regional governments around the world to follow suit.

What should you do?

Not only are accessible web offerings mandated in many regions, it’s simply the right thing to do. No group should be excluded from leveraging the amazing power that mapping technology offers.

But how do you do it? Here are a few things to consider as you get started:

  • Screen Readers: Screen readers dictate the user interface (UI) text aloud, allowing users to listen to the page instead of reading it. This is an important consideration for serving end-users with limited visibility.
  • Keyboard Navigation: Keyboard shortcuts allow end-users to interact with applications using a keyboard instead of a mouse. For many of us, using a mouse is a natural skill, but for end-users with limited motor skills it can be prohibitive.
  • High-Contrast Visualization: Color should not be used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.

At Latitude Geographics we’ve been developing out-of-the-box accessibility capabilities since 2015. If you’d like to learn how our Geocortex Essentials product can help you meet your requirements, or would like some help clearing up confusion around existing and emerging regulations, please get in touch.

In January we hosted a 30-minute webinar about accessibility; if you're interested in diving into this topic in-depth you can find the webinar recording here.


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 arcgis-services@latitudegeo.com.

 


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.


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.


AMANDA Extension for Geocortex Essentials

Latitude Geographics is pleased to announce the release of the AMANDA™ Extension for Geocortex Essentials.

AMANDA, a web-based platform developed by CSDC Enterprise Solutions, is widely used by local, county, state and provincial government agencies. AMANDA can be used to automate business processes related to licensing, permitting, planning, compliance, and court justice.

The optional AMANDA Extension for Geocortex Essentials provides a bi-directional link between the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight and AMANDA, making it possible for data to be shared between the two platforms and adding many useful GIS capabilities to AMANDA.

From AMANDA you can:

  • Open the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight from the Property and Folder windows
  • Open the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight from the AMANDA Toolbar
  • Show a property in a map from the AMANDA Property window
  • Show a property in a map from the AMANDA Folder window
  • Perform a neighborhood buffer search

From the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight you can:

  • Open the AMANDA Folders window
  • Open the AMANDA People window
  • Display properties from a map in the AMANDA Properties window
  • Create a new folder in AMANDA
  • Create a new property in AMANDA

Integrating property and GIS information results in more informed decision making. By using the AMANDA Extension for Geocortex Essentials, users of both AMANDA and Geocortex will have faster access to contextual data, saving time and reducing errors.

More information on the AMANDA Extension for Geocortex Essentials, as well as other extensions, can be found on www.geocortex.com.

AMANDA is a trademark of CSDC Enterprise Solutions.


Announcing Geocortex Essentials 3.3

Today we are proud to announce the release of Geocortex Essentials 3.3. The new features focus on our REST technology and fall into three broad categories:

Viewer Template Engine – VTE changes how administrators can deploy Essentials applications. Previously, there was a disconnect between viewer applications and Essentials sites. The site was configured in Manager and the viewer was configured… elsewhere. Now this is seamless; you can create and configure your viewers right in Manager. What does this offer you beyond convenience?

  • Distributed deployments – Each viewer configuration is automatically hosted in REST allowing for true distributed deployments.
  • Viewer Templates – Each viewer is based on a template that can be plugged into Essentials. This allows you to modify templates or add new ones as they become available. You can get started with our Silverlight Viewer template today.

REST Features – over a dozen new features have been added to our REST platform. There are lots of new and expanded REST endpoints and we’ve improved the management experience for creating them. Many of these new features correspond to features of the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight that allow greater control over the presentation and formatting of your data.  We’ve added Feature Hyperlink, Field and Layer List configuration to name a few.

Quality – We tackled a huge number of defects in this release and added several usability and performance improvements.

This release is a big milestone for Geocortex Essentials, and we're busy building on our foundation to deliver more functionality in 3.4.


REST-based Security is now available in Geocortex Essentials 3.1

Today we released Geocortex Essentials 3.1!  This is a major new release of Geocortex Essentials for ArcGIS Server 10 and 9.3/9.3.1.

Of particular interest we have introduced an architecture which allows you to secure your REST-based applications.  So if you are working with the Flex or Silverlight APIs, or a viewer based on these APIs you can secure your application.

REST_Security_1 REST_Security_2

(above, screenshots of REST Manager Security administration)

Security leverages the .NET Membership & Role Providers, so your users and roles can be stored in Active Directory, SQL Server, or in a simple XML file which is shipped with Geocortex Essentials.  You can also use Windows authentication which has the added benefit of allowing single-sign-on when using Silverlight.

If you are working with ArcGIS Server Web APIs and you require the ability to secure one or more applications you will be delivering to your users, Geocortex Essentials 3.1 may be your answer.

In this release we have also put a lot of effort in to the architecture to enable organizations to deploy multiple instances Geocortex Essentials REST Elements on different servers to support scalability, or elasticity in a cloud-based deployment.

Visit the Geocortex Support Center’s downloads section to grab the installer and read the documentation related to this release.  Be sure to consult the release notes for full details of everything that has changed.