That’s right, ArcGIS 10.3 (ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, etc), and ArcGIS Pro are now officially released. In a post from Esri, they announced it is (finally) here. Although this is primarily a large service pack for Desktop 10x users, there is also many new features. On the Server side, there have been some significant improvements as well, including ArcGIS Portal now being included with ArcGIS for Server! That’s right, you can make your own AGOL! And I almost forgot, Pro comes in this release 😉

Here are some of the new enhancements to look forward to as you watch your download progress bar:

  • A new Space time pattern mining toolbox
  • Buffer and Spatial join tools have planar and geodesic distance options
  • New Geodatabase Administration tools added (9 tools)
  • Many tools have new parameters and enhancements
  • ArcGIS for Server (Std/Adv) comes with Portal for ArcGIS, including Web AppBuilder
  • Many GeoEvent Extension updates
  • 10.3 includes Python 2.7.8 (Not ArcGIS Pro, it uses v3.x)
  • Support added for 1.0 OGC GeoPackage format
  • Many new raster functions
  • LAS version 1.4 files now supported

Some changes for Enterprise Geodatabases:

  • ArcSDE administration command line utilities are no longer available with ArcGIS for Server
  • Connections to 10.3 enterprise databases are Direct Connect only as the ArcSDE application server will not be available for 10.3 GDBs
  • Default connection limitations (64 connections) have been removed – now has no limits set.

Happy downloading!