Still Confused About License Name Changes In ArcGIS 10.1?

Still confused about the license name changes in Esri’s ArcGIS 10.1? Don’t worry, Esri’s got you covered.

ArcGIS 10.1 Administrator

In ArcGIS Administrator (formerly Desktop Administrator), Esri keeps lists the new name (Basic, Standard, Advanced) and the original license name (ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo) in parentheses to help those still confused. I understand the reason for the name changes, but no one I know likes them.

For whatever that’s worth. I wouldn’t bet on this license name change help being available in ArcGIS 10.2 or whatever the next version will be called.

[image via PJ]

With New York State License, 1/3 Of U.S. K-12 Students Has ArcGIS Access

Esri School District and Statewide K-12 Licenses

Esri further expands access to its ArcGIS software with the addition of a statewide license for New York and its 2.7 million K-12 students.

Now, about a third of all American K-12 students has access to ArcGIS. Amazing. This is definitely one way to increase teaching and learning geography in schools. The map above shows other states and school districts that have K-12 ArcGIS licenses.

[image via Esri]

Makai Voyager Uses LIDAR To Improve Visualization And Site Analysis

Mikar Voyager - GIS Visualization

Formerly an ocean engineering and naval architecture companyn Makai Ocean Engineering currently provides ocean engineering services, including submarine cable installation and planning software.

As such, Makai recently released Makai Voyager; an advanced 3D/4D visualization platform that uses time-varying and complex geospatial data such as terrain imagery, elevation, LIDAR, volumetric and flow data to better visualize and analyze large environmental simulations. The above image is one example of what using Makai Voyager can accomplish.

Makai Voyager is much more advanced than the typical Geographic Information System (GIS) by ESRI. By being able to utilize existing advanced 3D geospatial data, analysts and planners can better display and interpret proposed changes to the built and natural environments for stakeholders, elected officials, and residents.

Makai Voyager Solutions

While representing the next stages of site analysis, my biggest reservation about Makai Voyager and similar software is that it still seems out of reach from most small budget communities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. For instance, Makai does not even offer a pricing guide on its website, and instead it directs interested parties toward its contact page. The only reason some of these organizations even have ArcGIS capabilities is because ESRI offers generous grants (even if to prevent these organizations from going toward open source solutions like GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS, or SAGA GIS). Otherwise, big firms are the only organizations that can afford it.

Makai provides free DEMO software for Makai Voyager 1.0 [see system requirements for either MAC, Windows (32-bit and 64-bit versions), and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit versions)]. Feel free to try out this impressive software.

Below is a real-time fly through video of downtown Ottawa, Canada sampled with nearly 1 billion 3D points.

[image via McLera | Makai Ocean Engineering]