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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 :)