14 June 2010

ArcGIS 10 - Are You Ready?

ArcGIS 10 - Are You Ready?

Some ESRI users might get a bit of a shock now. ArcGIS 10 is to be released in 14 days
Users with up-to-date maintenance can download it for the first time.
Note: importantant changes to ArcGIS 10 Geodatabases at the bottom of this post.

ESRI to release ArcGIS - June 2010
ESRI to Release ArcGIS 10 by the end of June 2010.

The release date of ArcGIS 10 is announced for 21st June 2010 (ESRI Partners) and 28th June 2010 to everyone else on maintenance.
The 'E' in ESRI (for Environmental) is now acknowledged as ArcGIS will be downloadable.
(2.4 GB for the desktop version)

The bigger shock will be the Minimum Requirements:

Hardware required to drive ArcGIS 10:

CPU Speed 2.2 GHz dual core or higher
Processor Intel Core Duo, Pentium 4 or Xeon Processors

Memory/RAM 2 GB or higher
Display Properties 24 bit color depth
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi)
Swap Space Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum.
Disk Space 2.4 GB
In addition, up to 50 MB of disk space maybe needed in the Windows System directory (typically C:\Windows\System32). You can view the disk space requirement for each of the 10.0 components in the Setup program.

If using ArcGlobe (as part of 3D Analyst),
additional disk space may be required. ArcGlobe will create cache files when

Video/Graphics Adapter ArcGIS 3D Analyst – ArcGlobe requires a 24-bit capable graphics accelerator

An OpenGL 2.0 or higher compliant video card is required, with at least 128 MB of video memory however 512 MB of video memory or higher is recommended.
Networking Hardware
Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the License Manager.

Software Requirements:
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS Desktop.

Internet Explorer 7+ Some features of ArcGIS Desktop require a minimum installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0 or 8.0. If you do not have an installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0/8.0, you must obtain and install it prior to installing ArcGIS Desktop.

Python Requirement for Geoprocessing:
Several ArcGIS geoprocessing tools, such as Multiple Ring Buffer, use the Python scripting language and require that Python is installed. If the ArcGIS Desktop, Engine or Server setups do not find Python 2.6.2 on the target computer, it will install Python 2.6.2 plus Numerical Python 1.3.0 during a typical or complete installation. You may choose a Custom installation to unselect the Python feature to avoid installing this feature. See the install guide for additional information concerning Python.

Microsoft Vista and Windows 7 WinHelp patch


Do users need to upgrade Geodatabases?
, but there are situations where you cannot (clients not on the same platform).

But to get New Features like:
  1. A new utility, Query Layers based on Stand-alone tables or SQL Tables (queries you define are executed each time you use or render the data).
  2. Six New Topology Rules (Polygon: Contains One Point, Line: Must Be Inside etc)
  3. Controlling the storage has changed. [GEOMETRY_OUTOFLINE, BLOB_OUTOFLINE, and GEOMETRY_AND_BLOB_OUTOFLINE]
  4. New Geometric Network Wizard (creates faster geometric networks)
  5. Vertical Lines have z-values (you can have the same x,y in 2 features but each has different z values).
  6. New data types: ST_Raster, New DBTUNE (SDE API), Varbinary(max) (MS SQL server)
  7. New date columns created in ArcSDE geodatabases in SQL Server 2008 use the datetime2 data type. Datetime2 can store dates as early as 01/01/0000, whereas the earliest date you can store with a datetime field is 01/01/1753
  8. ST_Geometry storage type in geodatabases in Oracle and PostgreSQL can now store parametric circles and ellipses.
  9. GEOMETRY_STORAGE parameter can be set to either GEOMETRY or GEOGRAPHY (SQL server)

ArcGIS 10 New Features

So are you really ready? Are you sure?

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At Friday, June 25, 2010 11:38:00 pm, Anonymous John Baleja said...

In your section on reasons to migrate to a 10.0 geodatabse you wrote that one of the reasons was to take advantage of Query Layers. I wanted to let you know that using Query Layers does not require migrating a geodatabase to 10.0. John Baleja, Senior Product Manager, ESRI, Inc.

At Monday, June 28, 2010 4:44:00 pm, Blogger Mapperz said...

Thanks John, though was told would have to upgrade via ESRI UK support staff.


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