Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro Enters Public Beta
Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro is now available as a Public Beta with considerable performance improvements compared to the previous version. We invite you to join directly from the Mapillary for ArcGIS page.
After running the Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro Private Beta program during the past few months, we are now transitioning into the Public Beta. Throughout the Private Beta, we received valuable feedback from our users which has enabled us to refine the add-in for opening up to a wider audience.
While the Public Beta will contain the same general functionality as earlier releases—using Mapillary public imagery, managing feature layers, and comparing imagery over time—we’ve also identified a number of opportunities for improvement. Later in 2018, we’re planning to release Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro 1.0 for compatibility with Shapes and Subscriptions (more on that below).
Who’s been using Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro?
Based out of Colorado, Märker Geospatial is an engineering consulting firm with a focus on pavement assessment and infrastructure asset management for Public Works agencies across the United States. Using capture equipment on both ends of the spectrum (from action cameras to higher-end systems like the Trimble MX7, LiDAR, etc.), Märker Geospatial captures imagery in the field to aid, recall, and analyze roadway and roadside data back in the office.
“Working with Mapillary street-level imagery adjacent to aerial imagery within ArcGIS Pro is very useful. Even without the ability to add points within the Mapillary add-in imagery window, this application is extremely useful for various GIS tasks including heads-up digitization, general asset management, and initial field conditions review when coupled with other features of ArcGIS Pro.”— John Zimmer, Märker Geospatial
Ashley Ignatius is a GIS analyst with an environmental agency in Minnesota. She works with scientists to monitor, assess, and report on the condition of streams in southeast Minnesota and is piloting a study to use Mapillary to catalog and review imagery and data about streams. Scientists in the field collect images as part of their monitoring work, which Ashley can use back in the office. Through Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro, she can extract features from the photos as GIS data related to factors impacting stream health, such as locations and attributes of fish habitat, coldwater springs, and drainage outlets.
“The ability to place points both on the map and in the image and have those points show up in both places is literally the most amazing thing.”— Ashley Ignatius, GIS analyst
Vector Tile Rendering
Earlier releases of Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro faced a challenge when rendering the large number of features required to show our imagery coverage. Our previous method of serializing vector tiles into a feature layer came coupled with a decrease in performance. For the Public Beta, we’ve notably increased performance and reduced system overhead by serving vector tiles directly into ArcGIS Pro. This means a faster and more efficient experience using Mapillary Imagery from the add-in.
Accessing the Beta
Transitioning from Private to Public Beta of Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro, we no longer require that all users provide detailed feedback as a condition of participation. While we may occasionally ask for your insights, and always appreciate unsolicited feedback, you can head right over to the Mapillary for ArcGIS page to download and start using the add-in. As always, you’ll need to have a Mapillary account to get started.
Take a look at the guide to Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro on our Help Center for more information.
We’re expecting to run the Public Beta of Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro through the first quarter of 2018, leading up to the release of Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro 1.0. For the 1.0 release, we aim to introduce Shapes and Subscriptions—a new way to organize your work and access data on the Mapillary platform. Shapes and Subscriptions will provide tools to define an area of interest for your work, and subscribe to automatically extracted data. Throughout the Public Beta program, we will also issue new releases to address bugs and make minor improvements.
If you’re curious how Mapillary can benefit your organization or how to get started with capturing, drop us a line—we’re happy to chat.