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I am excited to announce Release 1.3 of Orbit Mobile for Windows and iPad!  We've added a number of new features and have put considerable effort into ensuring cross-platform parity between the Windows and iPad versions of the app.

 

Orbit Mobile for Windows

 

Here are some of the improvements we've made to the Windows version:

  • Field user can now create a task, not associated with a feature, when in a disconnected state
  • We now provide a Delete Task tool to remove any task created by the user
  • Display and sort tasks by due date and completion date
  • Photo viewer is larger and we now support more image types:  BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and TIFF
  • While disconnected, you can now add a caption to a newly added image or delete a newly added image
  • We now support viewing of file attachments such as PDF and Microsoft Office documents
  • We added a character counter for text fields
  • There is now an About menu showing the app version number and copyright notices

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Orbit Mobile for iPad

 

Here are some of the improvements we've made to the iPad version:

  • You can now create a task at your GPS location by tapping the Add Task at This Location tool
  • We now support creating and using tasks with no operational layer
  • We now provide a Delete Task tool to remove any task created by the user
  • Display and sort by due date and completion date
  • We improved camera integration and support for Exif metadata tags
  • We now support viewing of file attachments such as PDF and Microsoft Office documents
  • Simplified multi-select directly from the task list
  • Added a Measure tool to the map

 

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Join us at the upcoming product advisory group (PAG) for Orbit to learn more!

Orbit in the Press

Posted by jason Sep 6, 2013

We launched ArcFM Mobile in July, and we're off to a good start.  It's an exciting development, and I hope you follow the space and look into some of the things we've been working on.  The press has taken notice, and several articles and posts have popped up over the past couple of months.  Here is a running list:

 

  • Skye Perry shares some of his first impressions of Orbit when we provided an early look at our Link 2013 conference this spring.  I enjoy SSP's blog - always great insight here. Check it out if you haven't already.
  • Somebody in Colorado wrote this - while it isn't specifically about Orbit,  the article describes some of the issues we wanted to solve with Orbit.
  • Smart Grid News discusses data collection in this article on using smart devices to rapidly collect field data.  Just a disclaimer here - we don't currently have smartphone apps for Orbit.  Right now, we're focused on tablet form factors - and I'd love to hear your feedback on that.  Regardless, SGN describes the problem we're solving quite well - Just put it in the context of "tablets".
  • Read GreenTechGrid's take on Orbit here.
  • A good overview of Orbit from Utility Products
  • A quick mention of Orbit at Utility Dive - again, there's a context of smartphones, but they also mention tablet forms.  And to my friends at utilities around the world: if the smartphone is your secret weapon, share that secret here - I'd love to hear what your organization is thinking.
  • CIO Review just published an article from our own Scott Higgins - describing damage assessment workflows and why you need Orbit.
  • Read about Lincoln Electric System here.