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This video demonstrates an application that can geotag text dropped from an email message, web browser or any textual document. The application is built using the new ArcGIS Runtime available at 10.1 and references a geotagging service from MetaCarta.

ArcGIS Runtime is a lightweight mapping framework for building connected or disconnected applications using Java, Qt or WPF. This framework is available now for qualifying participants in the ArcGIS 10.1 beta community.

For developers that are familiar ArcGIS API for Silverlight, the ArcGIS Runtime for WPF will be a seamless transition. However, unlike the Silverlight SDK, developers using the new runtime can access local mapping data and services via bundled map packages. This enables developers to deploy lightweight mapping applications that are connected or completely, disconnected or sometimes connected.More about ArcGIS Runtime:

“An exciting addition to ArcGIS at 10.1 will be ArcGIS Runtime, which lets developers create and deploy focused, stand-alone GIS applications for desktop users, who have been asking for a small, lightweight deployment that, in terms of capabilities, fits between ArcGIS Engine and the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs. The new runtime is designed for both desktop and cloud development. It has a fast display and does not require installation; it can be run directly from a CD. The learning curve for the new runtime is expected to be very gentle for developers familiar with the web APIs.”from Rob Elkins @ The Road Ahead for ArcGIS.More about GeoTagger

“One of the six core functions of the MetaCarta GSRP is ‘GeoTag’ -- a production-level geographic entity resolving function that parses content, extracts geographic references, and resolves the geographic meaning intended by the author. This creates latitude and longitude coordinates and country code tags for places mentioned within documents.”from MetaCarta GSRP Core Functions – GeoTagOther links:



Contributed by Richie C.

On June 16, 2011, Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows SDK. This SDK allows windows developers to support motion with an Xbox 360 Kinect device. The Applications Prototype Lab at Esri has just completed a prototype using a Kinect to navigate in ArcGlobe.

To fly forward, the user can raise their right hand. The display will navigate in the direct the right hand is pointing. We call this “superman navigation”. If the left hand is elevated, the display will pivot around a central location on the globe surface. And lastly, if both hands are raised, the screen will zoom in or out as the hands are both together or apart.

To use the add-in you must have the following:

    1. Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor,


    1. Windows 7 (32 or 64bit),


    1. .NET Framework 4.0,


  1. Kinect for Windows SDK beta.

The add-in (with source code) is available here.Contributed by Richie C.

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