ESRI’s newest versions of its software package for mobile GIS and field-mapping applications, ArcPad 7 and ArcPad Application Builder 7, are now shipping. This release expands the capabilities of mobile GIS applications with new features that improve the productivity of working with spatial data in the field. ArcPad provides field-based personnel with the ability to capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display geographic information. This enables users to perform reliable, accurate, and validated field data collection including the use of data input from GPS receivers, rangefinders, and digital cameras. ArcPad 7 features many enhancements in the areas of performance, ease of use, productivity, enterprise GIS integration, and customization.
New features in ArcPad 7 include quicker access and loading of spatial data, support for ArcGIS symbology and style sheets, advanced editing tools including offsets, repeated attributes, segmented line features, snapping, and undo, integrated support for rangefinders and digital cameras, support for freehand marking and taking notes on maps, usability enhancements that streamline connecting a GPS, support for new raster data formats: JPEG 2000, TIFF, MrSID MG3, and GIF, simple form customization within ArcPad. ArcPad Application Builder, the development framework for building custom ArcPad applications for mobile GIS, is sold separately and has also been updated. It is easier to use and offers many more customization options at version 7.
Some new features in ArcPad Application Builder 7 include a wizard for creating forms, improved script and XML editing tools, compile tool for customization projects and ability to download compiled projects directly to device, support for Jscript, expanded ArcPad Object Model: new rangefinder, FTP, archive, and multimedia objects, expanded extensions API: new interfaces for cameras, rangefinders, projections, and datum transformations.