California, USA, 01 June 2007: ESRI announced that ArcGIS Explorer is available to the public. With ArcGIS Explorer one can leverage data, services, and applications on the Web by connecting to user’s own ArcGIS services or those published by others. This application will help the users to extend the capabilities of Web-based services by fusing them with user’s own local data.
Using ArdGIS Explorer user can perform tasks which may include advanced geoprocessing and GIS analytic capabilities such as viewshed analysis, terrain profiling, and other ArcGIS Server functions. In addition, tasks can be saved in specific maps for specific users, or they can be delivered independently. Both published services and tasks can be centrally managed from a server, so once an update is made to a service, it’s automatically distributed to all users connected to that service, making ArcGIS Explorer a platform for providing wider access to GIS content and capabilities.
The data for ArcGIS Explorer will be provide through ArcGIS Online, which is currently in beta version. ArcGIS Online gives access to high-resolution premium imagery which includes a mosaic of 1 m resolution aerial imagery for the United States and satellite imagery of the world at 500 m and 15 m resolutions. At the end of the ArcGIS Online beta program, ArcGIS users will be able to subscribe to the high-resolution imagery service. ArcGIS Explorer also includes a software developer kit (SDK) that can be used to extend tasks or implement completely custom tasks that are driven by other Web services.