ArcGIS Earth update overhauls sharing and interoperability
By Avonlea Fotheringham, Esri
ArcGIS Earth is an interactive, free 3D tool that provides situational awareness on desktop and mobile devices for planning, visualising, and evaluating events on the globe.
The latest major release of ArcGIS Earth on desktop gives users more sharing capabilities across mobile, desktop and the organisation portal. Th ArcGIS Earth app will also be updated in April with minor enhancements.
The latest update includes the ability to manage and share configuration settings across the organisation – including to mobile users. Options to share both data and portal connections through QR code scanning streamlines sharing data between desktop and mobile devices. The new desktop release provides ArcGIS Earth administrators with centralised configuration management capabilities to create and modify Earth configuration files, and then save them to portal as well. An ArcGIS Earth configuration file can now be uploaded as an .xml file to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise and distributed across the organisation. Users can now manage app configuration through the Advanced Settings menu.
With the implementation of Earth’s new sharing infrastructure, named users will now be able to share KML directly to the portal, as well as being able to share via email. This capability was first introduced in the January 2021 release mobile app, to capture a location track and share the GPX data back to the portal. The new desktop release offers even more portal saving capability for desktop and mobile interoperability.
Other enhancements in the update include a redesigned time slider, the addition of a graphic interface to the Automation API, elevation offset, and the ability to export bookmarks as images.
ArcGIS Earth mobile will be updated later this month with UI/UX enhancements and support for mobile device management, which enables the centralisation and optimisation of functionality and security management for mobile devices.