The 10.2 release of ArcPad comes with new exciting features. Let's have a look at what new functionality has been added to support the mobile workflow.
Data synchronization with feature services
ArcPad 10.2 supports data synchronisation with ArcGIS 10.2 feature services. With the new data synchronization framework introduced in ArcGIS 10.2, ArcPad has the benefit of being able to synchronize incremental changes with the published service. When you combine your feature service with a customised Get Data for ArcPad checkout from ArcMap, you can have the best of everything — ArcPad forms, related tables, and feature synchronisation.
ArcPad 10.2 also supports 10.0 and 10.1 feature services; however, their functionality is limited. 10.0 feature services only support a full download of features. This means that when you synchronize with 10.0 feature services that contain a large number of records, it may be slow. 10.1 feature services also only support a full download of features but do add support for related tables and editor tracking.
The support for communicating with feature services in ArcPad makes previous versions of the ArcPad extension for ArcGIS Server obsolete. According to this Knowledge Base Article, ArcPad 10.2 is the last release that comes with the server extension, specifically to support related tables with 9.3 or 10.0 feature services.
ArcPad package support and ArcGIS Online integration
ArcPad templates (a ZIP file containing ArcPad maps), shapefiles, and AXF files have been around for a long time. Now you can store your templates as an ArcPad project in ArcGIS Online to share them with your team. You can browse ArcGIS Online from within ArcPad to select a template and create a QuickProject from it within minutes. If you collect your data in the QuickProject, just simply upload this new ArcPad project to ArcGIS Online to share with others. Alternatively, upload the ZIP files that come from the Get Data for ArcPad tool in ArcMap to distribute. Using ArcGIS Online to share templates and projects is a way for teams to move away from ActiveSync and Windows Mobile Device Centre for file sharing.
To minimise the amount of editing of attributes performed in the field, the Quick Fields capability provides an opportunity to automate data collection. You can configure the default behaviour for each of your attribute fields before starting data collection, and watch your form fill itself out. A configuration page in ArcPad lets you to build an expression containing common elements to define the content of a field. These elements include Unique ID, Incremental ID, Sequential ID, Date, UserName, X, Y, Length, Area, GPS X, GPS Y, GPS PDOP, GPS HDOP, GPS UTC, GPS EPE, and GPS Satellite Count.
Support of Windows API Location sensors in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (GPS receivers, etc.) is now implemented. This functionality has been incorporated into the supported ports that ArcPad can read. If the Find GPS tool cannot recognise the port, the Location Sensor Port would just need to be manually selected in the GPS Preferences dialog, in order to connect to the GPS receiver.