Sad to see no highlight of the Top-10 new things for the year. Anything that can be elaborated on?
My top take always (or what I was most excited about) are:
Those are my personal "wow's" from the plenary this year. As Steve mentioned, Pro, web, and apps where the hot topics of the conference.
That's because there really isn't much new this year. ESRI's focus is on web mapping and getting more people to accept and use their web based tools and technologies (use ArcGIS Online and spend money on credits).
The Road Ahead workshop for desktop was 65-70 minutes about ArcGIS Pro (Rulers and guides are coming! 2003 is pretty excited) and 5-10 minutes about Arcmap. From my perspective, ESRI's product family is very fragmented with most products experiencing functional overlap. If ESRI knows that they're trying to accomplish, I don't think they're doing a great job at communicating what that is.
But, in summary: ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcEarth, 3D, Webapp Builder, AppStudio for ArcGIS, Portal, Premium Content and Analysis. Random tidbit- if you have a Home Use license, it will now include all products, not just desktop.
Those are very good points. Things are still very 'Cloudy' in the ESRI world. Either you need to push to it, depend on it, or pay to host in it.
One more random observation.
I think this was my 18th UC and one take away for me is that this whole push from desktop to web and apps has created an environment where most people can no longer design and produce a good paper map. There were many bad maps in the gallery.
I'm officially old. Now get off my lawn.
The quality of most of the maps and posters was actually pretty sad most had font sizes that were to small for a poster and many used black backgrounds (imagine all the ink that was used).
I should have had one in the gallery this year because I would have been guaranteed a spot in the Map Book :-).
I would also add that the new "Vector" tiles are going to be really great and going to be a real game changer for basemaps. According to one session I attended on the topic, vector tiles use protocol buffers (a Google binary format) to store the tiles. This changes terabytes of imagery into about 13 gigabytes of vector data. They can be restyled on the fly, so you can switch basemaps without downloading additional data. When you rotate the map, the labels stay oriented so you can read them, which is not possible with a cached image basemap. The labels and vectors are crisply displayed at any scale or resolution too.
Ahh, yes. I forgot about the vector tiles...
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I don't know if this is helpful - and no, it's not a top 10,.. but here are a few articles from Jack on the EsriUC and the important themes covered:
Applying Geography Everywhere | Esri Insider
Empowering GIS Professionals and Transforming Organizations | Esri Insider
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