Introducing the Dimension Explorer

03-26-2015 06:38 AM
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Originally posted on Esri's main space by Dave Johnson, Esri Applications Prototype Lab

Dimension Explorer, an addin tool for ArcMap, has just been released by the Esri Applications Prototype Lab!

Dimension Explorer 1.0 makes it easier to work with time-aware and multidimensional data in ArcMap 10.3 and above by providing slider controls for navigation. It works by retrieving dimensional information from a map layer to build an interactive dimensional model that can be edited and saved in the map document. Dimension Explorer is the successor to the Timeliner addin for ArcMap, which also works in ArcMap 10.3 and can be downloaded here.

Click to download Dimension Explorer.

With the 10.3 release of ArcGIS, the mosaic dataset now supports multidimensional data in NetCDF, GRIB, and HDF format. Dimension Explorer supports map layers based on mosaic datasets and image services which are time-aware or multidimensional, and time-aware feature classes.

In terms of data that might be used to test the add-in, try:

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A very good, intuitive add-in. I'd love to see the source code to inform my own add-in development. Although I suspect there are non-trivial technical issues, it would be so much easier to be able to use NetCDF data natively, without a long conversion process to a mosaic dataset. This would also make it much more useful to those consuming data via OPeNDAP.

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