ArcMap Custom Tools

Posts in this blog are a rare thing. The main problem is that we don’t really have a lot of time, plus we can’t share most things that are being developed in the company that we are currently collaborating with. (not to mention that I am soon to become a dad and thus time will be even more limited)

Nevertheless lately we had among other things to develop some custom tools and add-ins for esri’s ArcMap platform. Although we are usually against developing plugins for non expert users on such complex platforms (we prefer developing a standalone engine based application) due to a lot of restrictions and security mechanisms we were in a sense forced to accept such solution.

Among this solution we developed some simplified editing tools for less expert users. A generalized version of those tools are now available at git-hub.


Esri Dev Summit Europe 2013

This year we attended for yet another time the Esri Dev Summit in London.

This year was way better than last year, from every aspect. ESRI was way more organised, had better quality in presentations (though there were a few exceptions) plus a lot of amazing innovations. Also the food was more “interesting”.

They claim that they improved the whole conference based on last year’s feedback, and I definitely believe them. So thumbs up on that, even if the conference began with a fire drill, driving everyone outside in the cold (same thing happened last year…in a couple of years it might end up as a conference ritual).

City Engine Presentation

Last week we attended a small presentation concerning a procedural modeling software called city engine. The reason of this event is the merging of the existing city engine software with esri’s next release of ArcMap 10.2

This presentation took place in Athens. The main speaker was Mr. Gert Van Maren.

Procedural Inc. was acquired by Esri in the summer of 2011. As I understood by the presentation, City Engine wont stop its standalone release due to a lot of clients not be interested in GIS oriented applications but rather focused on more media oriented tasks.

The speech was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot (I didn’t fall asleep, like I usually do in such occasions when the presentations are dull and boring). Although to really absorb the info presented by Mr Gert Van Maren you had to at least try the software prior, in some extend. Because otherwise everything sounded easy and magical. He didn’t focus that much on the difficulty of rule writing, especially when modeling existing cities. He did though present a graph that stated that initially even conventional handmade models could be faster than procedural modelling. But once the rules were well defined and established the times for future projects could be scaled down to a tenth.

The only annoying thing about the whole presentation was the speech of the Greek esri representative, that besides the endless irrelevant topics he touched, he appeared to have an attitude of selling tomatoes instead of a 3D procedural GIS modeling software.

press more to see a live example of they web-GL implementation