ArcGIS 10.4 prerelease software is now available for qualified customers. This prerelease software will allow you explore and test a variety of exciting new capabilities coming with ArcGIS 10.4 early next year, including publishing vector tile packages created with ArcGIS Pro 1.2 beta, new tools for Web GIS disaster recovery, an improved experience for setting up a highly available portal with Portal for ArcGIS, and displaying 3D content in a local (or plane) world view.
If you want to get a head start in testing new functionality before the final release of ArcGIS 10.4 in Q1 next year this prerelease is a great opportunity to start doing so. Remember though, that this prerelease is not intended for production use. The prerelease will not be able to be upgraded to the final version as only official release versions are support for upgrades.
New visualization with Vector Tile Layers
The latest release of ArcGIS Online in November introduced initial support for vector tile layers as a layer in a web map. A vector tile layer references a set of web-accessible vector tiles and the corresponding style for how those layers should be drawn. Vector tiles are similar to image tiles but they store a vector representation of the data.
Client-side drawing of vector tiles allows for vector tile layers to be customized for the purpose of the map and drives dynamic, interactive cartography. The combination of tile access performance and vector drawing allows the tiles to adapt to any resolution of the display, which may vary across devices. Beta versions of Esri vector basemaps are available as vector tile layers and maps for displaying in the map viewer and use in custom basemap galleries.
Now, in ArcGIS 10.4 prerelease, vector tile packages you create in ArcGIS Pro 1.2 can be uploaded to your Web GIS as deployed using ArcGIS for Server, including Portal for ArcGIS, and published as hosted vector tile layers. Vector tile packages deliver cartographic content in a compact binary format that includes both geometry and metadata. Vector tile packages take less time to create, require less disk space compared to raster tiles, and can be rendered in multiple styles.
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