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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ArcPad 7.1 Beta is Open for Applications

ArcPad 7.1 (including ArcPad Application Builder 7.1) Beta is now open for applications.

We will make the software download and more documentation available in the next couple of days.

So what is new in ArcPad 7.1?

The major feature introduced at ArcPad 7.1 is an out-of-the-box solution for supporting ‘related tables’. In previous versions of ArcPad, features in a Geodatabase were exported during the Check Out process and stored in shapefiles. Subtypes and domains were stored in the individual shapefile’s edit form. Relationship classes defined in the Geodatabase were not supported and user specific customizations got overwritten after each check out session.

In ArcPad 7.1 feature classes including relationships defined in the Geodatabase are extracted to a single ArcPad AXF File. Relationship classes as well as the subtypes and domains are maintained and enforced at the database level instead of forms (eliminating the overwrite which happens at the previous Check Out). Each feature can support multiple sets of attributes in separate tables. The user will be able to edit the features as well as the related tables in the field.

The ArcPad tools have also seen significant improvement in the area of data transfer and data sharing between ArcPad and ArcGIS in addition to support of related tables. The ArcPad Data Manager extension for ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 that comes with ArcPad 7.1 will include Get Data For ArcPad and Get Data From ArcPad tools for both ArcToolbox and ArcMap. The ArcPad Data Manager allows the user to get data from the office to the field, deploy to multiple devices, and then update the Geodatabase with the field edits. The ArcPad Geoprocessing tools for ArcToolbox enable power users to automate repeatable Get Data for/from ArcPad sessions for batch geoprocessing.

ArcPad Application Builder 7.1 has been improved to support ArcPad AXF files. The user may also use ArcPad Application Builder to set “read-only” layers so that they will not be editable in the field. The ArcPad 7.1 object model is updated to support data relationship rules.

How does this change the user experience with ArcPad?

With the introduction of ArcPad AXF files in 7.1, the end user’s experience remains mostly un-changed. Shapefiles are supported in the same way as in previous ArcPad versions and most existing functionality will work for both Shapefiles and AXF files. A user can have an ArcPad project which contains both AXF layers and shapefiles and they would appear the same.

The key difference is that if the user would like to view/query/edit related tables in the field, they must use the AXF file generated by ArcPad Data Manager for ArcGIS 9.2.

To find out more you will need to sign up for the beta program :)


  • At Friday, March 23, 2007 6:17:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    These are great features to ArcPad and something that many of us have been waiting for a long time.

    Does anyone know when 7.1 is slated for release or candidate status?

  • At Saturday, March 24, 2007 12:13:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Some of the new features are much needed. I wonder how long before release? Probably a big unknown.

  • At Saturday, March 24, 2007 10:15:00 am, Blogger Jian Lange said…

    ArcPad 7.1 is currently planned to be released around June, 2007 at ESRI users conference timeframe. We are also planning on a second beta release in a month or so form now.

    Stay tuned!

  • At Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:35:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good job. These new features were realy needed but I was recently told by an ESRI sales person that ARCGIS server with Mobile ADF will substitute ArcPad in the near future.

  • At Wednesday, April 11, 2007 9:09:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is simply not true. Although ArcPad and ArcGIS Mobile SDK do have some overlap (all GIS software have some overlap) they are targeted at different customer needs. ESRI will continue to develop ArcPad, and has no plans to stop releasing new versions of ArcPad.

  • At Wednesday, May 16, 2007 5:29:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Does anyone know if there will be more ability to develop forms such as in .NET compact framework? Also have recently hit some limitations(class support) with the vbscript runtime version in CE which is 3. Desktop XP has 5.6. Anyone explain this?

  • At Monday, June 25, 2007 6:46:00 pm, Blogger zonghan,chuang said…

    excuse me, I cna't download ArcPad 7.1 Beta, can you tell me how to download thie, thank you.After I filled my profile int this page(, it will reponse error message.

  • At Monday, June 25, 2007 7:12:00 pm, Blogger zonghan,chuang said…

    Excuse me, I have filled out my profile int his page "", but it will return error message, if any one can tell me how to download ArcPad 7.1 Beta??

  • At Monday, June 25, 2007 7:13:00 pm, Blogger zonghan,chuang said…

    Excuse me, I have filled out my profile int his page "", but it will return error message, if any one can tell me how to download ArcPad 7.1 Beta??

  • At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 7:22:00 am, Blogger Jian Lange said…


    There were some technical issues with the beta web site. They should have been fixed now. Please try again at

  • At Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:14:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Time is marching on... It is now mid July and we have not seen an update on the status of 7.1 release. I have applied for a Beta copy so that we can take a look at it and see if we should wait before beginning a new project with 7.0.1.

    What do you think. Should I wait or should I go? Data collectors are standing by.

  • At Monday, July 16, 2007 9:01:00 am, Blogger Marika said…

    Weve now worked through some unfortunate delays, and you can expect an update to ArcPad 7.1 on the beta web site, this week. We envisage a final release in September.


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