In one of My crazy predictions for this year 2010, I mentioned that I doubted that ESRI dared to make a version with the name 9.4, and in fact, it has been commented that the next version will be called ArcGIS 10, and that it will be available in the second semester of 2010.
In several spaces it has been Commented, and is that according to what ESRI said, this would be a significant change not only in functionalities (name) but in the user interface (face). We think some of them very well, although surely the friends of the competition, the Open world and predisposed users (both) will mock saying: And do not we do that already?
Then the users accustomed to its use will say Finally!, those who promote their popularity will have to make a milestone (before and after), aware that the change that resembled the step 3x to 8x will be until they secure the 64 bits; Of course, many of the existing manuals will go down in history in a short time. But with the global positioning of ESRI, there will be a massive happiness, although innovation (which) will be attributed to its sagacity to sniff the user's disagreement.
-Better access to tools. It is very likely that, as we have seen in ArcExplorer, AutoCAD And Office, integrate a ribbon known as Ribbon to contextualize the tools, get rid of the tyranny of loose toolboxes and the little intuitive shelf of farm implements.
-Integration with ArcCatalog. That this tool runs separately for many has been a drag, sometimes it takes time to open and when it loads we no longer need it. Now it will be loaded into the same working interface, maybe like being in AutoCAD Civil 3D and switching to the AutoCAD Map interface; it would also be necessary to see if this annoying single-user access to the data can be improved, so that changes can be made in the gedoatabase without having to close the loaded layers (even if they are not with activated edition, which should not require ArcSDE) .
-To improve the search of maps. It is expected to have a better way of looking for spatial or tabular data, with previous visualization and better load functionalities. Perhaps for this they looked at ways to do it from tools such as UDig With its wonderful catalog and drag wildly.
-Separation of processes. Until now it is half annoying, that while the console executes a process it is necessary to go to look for coffee because it can not be done in the background. For this, maybe they take into account how this does Qgis And uDig, then you could make automating routines easier without interfering with desktop work.
-We would all expect the editing tools to improve, although this has been said little, only that they would be based on conventional button palettes and not the menus now. These would be common for ArcMap, ArcScene and ArcGlobe. GvSIG please!
Regarding output products, improvements have been mentioned in the conformation of multi-page Layouts and dynamic texts. It has also been considered the possibility of generating animations that reflect changes over time, something like little things Manifold GIS does.
-In the management of licenses, that it is possible to checkout and checkin licenses, implies that you could pass the license from the desk to the laptop to use it in the field. Like what Bentley Map does.
Then they talk about other improvements so that some processes are used not only by the extremely smoked ones: simplifying the API and geocoding procedures, more intuitive (Easy to use), support for 64 bits and other things. But there has been no talk of prioritization.
Definitely, it's not ArcGIS 9.4. All seem to be very good changes, as come from users who use other tools and who are consulted: What does your little program do that we do not?, with the variant that instead of justifying superiority, the user point of view has been heard. Obviously not only is copying what another does well, sure there are two floors of a building breaking the coconut to see if the Podcast did not change the discourse of its annual operating plan.
... in good time, expect two arduous years of testing before reaching the psalmist's contentment.
And you waiting?