Redlands, California, USA: ArcPad 8, ESRI’s mobile GIS software for field mapping and data collection is now available. The new release claimed to have new usability and performance enhancements, includes the ability to synchronise edits with ArcGIS Server. Any device that can connect to the Internet (e.g., cradle, USB, Wi-Fi, or phone connection) can synchronise ArcPad edits directly with the enterprise geodatabase via ArcGIS Server. Field staff can now share data faster and save time by no longer needing to return to the office to update their GIS database.
ArcPad 8 includes a new user interface. New icons and toolbars occupy less screen real estate than in previous versions. Toolbars can be docked, minimised, and maximised, and users can either modify the out-of-the-box toolbars or create their own with a new desktop tool called ArcPad Toolbar Manager.
The GPS user interface also gets an overhaul in ArcPad 8. The GPS position dialogue box has been replaced by a translucent toolbar that appears at the bottom of the map screen. It shows much of the same detail as the previous position dialog box but now uses colored visual cues to indicate the quality of the GPS fix.
ArcPad Studio, the development framework for customising ArcPad, is now included with every ArcPad license rather than being sold separately. Combining the customisation tools with ArcPad will help users modify ArcPad for their specific application requirements and encourage more deployments within their organisations.