The new ArcWeb Explorer has been released to public beta. It shows a "sexy" new UI, using Flash 8 and SVG, for client-side dynamic refreshes, reducing server round-trips. With all the hype around similar AJAX-based offerings like the popular Google and Live Local offerings, along with others like the new Yahoo maps and Map24, it's sure to generate its own share of buzz. The only downside is the interface doesn't have that "drag to pan" capability that everyone loves- but given the SVG orientation, I'd say the infrastructure is already in place to make draggable maps an imminent possibility.
What's even more exciting, is the possibility of ArcIMS-based offerings for the enterprise using this technology as well, given the rumors floating around about what's in the works for 9.2.
Try the new ArcWeb Explorer out here: http://redlandsarcweb.esri.com/explorer/index.jsp
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