ArcGIS 10.6 Prerelease

Ah yes, welcome to the bleeding edge!  ArcGIS 10.6 is here in prerelease form.  If you have current maintenance, then you have access to the software from

If you are considering installing ArcGIS Desktop 10.6, make sure the check out the Quick Start Guide, Release Notes, and What’s New for 10.6.

Make sure to read the release notes.  You will find that for ArcGIS Enterprise, upgrading to Prerelease from earlier versions is not supported.  You are required to do a new installation.

I also found in the What’s New doc that at 10.6 you can now use the PostGIS geography type to store spatial data in PostgreSQL databases and geodatabases in PostgreSQL.  Also PostgreSQL 9.3 is not supported, so upgrade to 9.4.8 or 9.5.3!


Cold War LA

Did you know during the cold war that Los Angeles was surrounded by nuclear weapons?  Or with the help of a newspaper, the city was mocked bombed by a squadron of planes?  We even had the Soviet National Convention here!

Check out all this and more at the Cold War LA site.  Cold War LA is a digital project that serves as an educational resource about the social, cultural, and political aspects of the Cold War era in Los Angeles for students, educators, veterans, and hobbyists.  And yes there are a few maps too!


ESRI Geocoding Locator Views

If you use ArcGIS Online, ESRI now has “Locator Views” in their geocoders.  Basically you can specify what types of locations or only within a specific country or area you want to geocode against.  For example, maybe you are just geocoding US addresses, not the whole world.  Or maybe you just need to geocode to airport 3-letter codes.  Whatever you need, you can customize your geosearching and geocoding experience.  Click below for more info.