shrug-l: Esri releases ArcGIS 10.2.1

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Fri Jan 10 16:19:20 EST 2014

Esri has recently announced the release of ArcGIS 10.2.1. It has several new
enhancements to ArcGIS for Desktop which I think many of us will find very
useful. I have not had the chance to install this new version yet so I don't
know how stable it is. As with any new update, I recommend installing on a
test box first to make sure nothing goes horribly wrong with your workflows.


Here are some of the key improvements I noted:

1.      New Alter Field Property tool allows you to rename a field and
change its alias in a Geodatabase. - How long have we been waiting for this.
The only disappointment is it will not work on a Shapefile. 

2.      The Generate Near Table and Near proximity tools have been
completely rewritten to be faster and have an optional method parameter so
you can determine how it figures out how the distances are computed. You
have the options of Geodesic and Planar.

3.      A completely new Conflation toolset has been added to ArcToolbox.
This new toolset has 5 new tools for rubbersheeting and edgematching data.
The new tools are Edgematch Features, Generate Edgematch Links, Rubersheet
Features, Generate Rubbersheet Links, and Transfer Attributes. By including
these in a new toolset, you will be able to use them in Models and Python

4.      Many 3D Analyst tools now support LAS files including Stack Profile,
Surface Aspect, Surface Contour, and Surface Slope.

5.      For those that work with geometric networks, they have added some
new tools to the toolset including Find Disconnected Features, Verify and
Repair Network Connectivity, and Rebuild Network

6.      Python has been upgraded to Python 2.7.5 and ArcPy geometry objects
now support additional methods including: cut, measureonline, snaptoline,
and querypointanddistance. 

7.      Landsat 8 raster format is now supported

8.      LAS support has been expanded to include the compressed zlas files. 

9.      Single field batch geocoding is now supported. 

10.   Support for the ISO 19139 metadata style has been added


So there are some of the key enhancements I was able to locate. If you wish
to download and install this new version of ArcGIS, you will need to login
to the Esri Customer Care Portal. 


Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP | Chief Executive Officer
 <> eGIS Associates, Inc.

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678-710-9710 ext 21 | 866-304-3864 Fax

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