Back in July, Geocortex Essentials 1.4 was a major release because it provided complete compatibility with ArcGIS Server 9.3 and provided a major performance boost. However it didn’t include many specific new features (and the feature request list just keeps growing). With the upcoming (mid-October) Geocortex Essentials 1.5 release we’re excited to cross off the list a few of the major features we’ve wanted to develop for quite some time. Configurable Search and Query Builder is ones of these.

Not to be confused with the SearchAttributesTask and QueryAttributesTask these features allow administrators to configure searches against both spatial layers and data from external data sources (configured via the Geocortex Essentials Data Linking).

auto-completeSome users might notice the cool but subtle things, like AJAX enabled auto-complete text boxes or drop-down boxes populated with domain values, cascading input fields (where one fields value may be dependent on the selection of another field), masked input fields (for specific data entry requirements), and friendly field validation. Query Builder will be intuitive, and it won’t require users to understand SQL. I think our users, business partners and services team will be hard pressed to find a search tool requirement that can’t be satisfied by simple configuration of the Configurable Search feature.

parcel-mapOn the reporting side we’re including "Feature Maps", so users can see preview maps of each feature they have searched for, without leaving the search results window.

Since work on Geocortex Essentials 2.0 is happening in parallel, we’ve been able to engineer the 1.5 features so they won’t be a big deal to adapt to work in conjunction with ESRI’s new/emerging developer APIs.