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ArcGIS Earth, Misses the Mark

Question asked by jtoppa on Oct 26, 2015
Latest reply on Dec 2, 2015 by CAndrews-esristaff

At work we use both ArcGIS (10.2) and Google Earth, for different but related tasks.


With the depreciation of Google Earth and the announcement of ArcGIS Earth we were hopeful that ArcGIS Earth would provide similar capabilities, but sadly I didn't see some of the core functionality that we used Google Earth for in the new ArcGIS Earth:


- We use a Perl script to convert massive amounts of geospatial data into KML track files. The KML that is generated uses the animation features (time slider) on Google Earth to allow a user to quickly and easily scroll through time and view interactions between several hundred tracks at the same time.


- It is not possible to drop points, create lines and then save the overlay as a KML to share with associates.


The animation/time slider feature on Google Earth was one of the most useful features for viewing temporal relationships of several hundred tracks.

ArcGIS Earth does not currently have this functionality, is there plans to add something like this in the future?