Latest Geocortex release includes layer list improvements, streamlined access to ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, initial iOS 8 compatibility

Latitude Geographics has released Geocortex Essentials 4.2, alongside the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.3 and Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.3.

Geocortex Essentials now provides streamlined access to organizational content in Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online. Administrators can now search for and reference private organizational content with a single sign-on experience, and Geocortex Essentials Manager distinguishes between private and public organizational content to aid in the development of applications for specific audiences. 

Based on customer input, we’ve made significant layer list improvements to both our HTML5 and Silverlight viewers. Users can now organize layers of all different types into custom folders, rearrange the order of layers, and perform batch edits to configure all layers within a group layer (or folder) simultaneously.

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.3 provides initial iOS 8 support, and there is important information you need to read that appears later in this announcement if you’re serving iOS-based users.

Here are the highlights of this major release:

Geocortex Essentials 4.2

  • Configurable layer list organization
  • Batch editing of layer properties
  • Streamlined access to Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online Content
    • Sign-in to Manager with your ArcGIS identity and search or browse organizational content
    • Distinguish and filter between private and public Portal and ArcGIS Online search results
  • Support for Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) in Manager
  • Several Manager interface improvements, especially to the Map page
  • Printing support for feature layer legend swatches
  • Support for rendering layer charts in printed reports
  • Several new Workflow activities

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.3

  • Initial compatibility with Apple’s recent iOS 8 release
  • Charting
  • Major Layer List improvements
    • Support for the configurable layer list organization
    • Transparency sliders on services and layers
    • Embedded legend swatches
  • Layer Themes Support
  • Query Builder
  • Filter Builder
  • Edit (add, update and delete) related records
  • Geolocation “Following” and “Tracking”
Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.3
  • Support for the configurable layer list organization
  • Dynamically symbolize layer labels
    • Choose fields and display settings for labels on dynamic layers

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 and Silverlight viewers; implementing some newly introduced viewer features will require the latest version of Geocortex Essentials.

Deploying to iOS Users? Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.3 provides initial iOS 8 compatibility. Customers who have built applications with the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 and serve end-users currently updating to Apple’s iOS 8 are encouraged to download Essentials 4.2 and the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.3 to avoid most disruptions to pre-existing functionality. This aspect of the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 update is backwards compatible and does not require an upgrade to Geocortex Essentials 4.2.   

**Browser changes that shipped as part of iOS 8 have impacted aspects of Esri’s JavaScript API on which our markup and editing tools are based. Esri is aware of the markup and editing issues and we expect that they may address these in the near future. Rest assured that we will include any changes to Esri’s JavaScript API within an updated version of our Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if your organization is involved in the iOS 8 upgrade process for end-users, and is currently deploying markup or editing capabilities, we recommend holding off on iOS 8 updates until resolved. We will keep you up-to-date regarding iOS 8 compatibility developments via updates in the Geocortex Support Center forums. 

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? Learn more about Geocortex Essentials and our viewers.