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Tech Talk => Geocaching Web Sites => Topic started by: Starkiller on October 12, 2011, 11:02:48

Title: ESRI Webmapping Site: Supports GPX!
Post by: Starkiller on October 12, 2011, 11:02:48
I was wandering on the internet, when I came across this article: http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/arcgis/archive/2011/08/26/Drag-and-Drop-Files-on-Your-Web-Map.aspx (http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/arcgis/archive/2011/08/26/Drag-and-Drop-Files-on-Your-Web-Map.aspx)

A link will bring you to this website: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html (http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html)

This is a webmap hosted and produced by ESRI, the major GIS (Geographic Information Systems) company. What this map is able to do is accept drag and drop files, and immediately display them properly on the map. It accepts a multitude of file formats, including GPX. I added a PQ GPX file to it, which displayed immediately, and even came in as a treasure chest!

There are other handy options. You can easily change the background basemap to many other sources... which is mostly just the open source ones (no google, unfortunately as these companies compete). You can also very easily create your own layers on the site too, under edit -> create... and from there you have plenty of drawing templates to get you started. Printing is pretty good too... I think they want you to register a free account to save your maps, though. Also, if you make an account, you can share the maps with others (including points that you dragged and dropped from GPX or KMZ)...

Anyway Google Earth does a lot of these things too, but it does them differently. I hope this ends up being of use to some of our local cachers...
Title: Re: ESRI Webmapping Site: Supports GPX!
Post by: RDLtrekker on October 14, 2011, 08:25:29
Cool, thanks for sharing!  ;)