Latitude Geographics & Geocortex in 2015… and 2016 (Part 2)

February 5th, 2016 by Jason Kolt

Continuing from last week, here’s items 5 to 1 on our Top Ten list of the notable developments at Latitude Geographics in 2015 that will have a big influence on the work we all do with Geocortex in 2016:

5. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA Compliance

In 2015 we raised the bar in web GIS by providing support for end-users with disabilities. Released in March, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4 introduced out-of-the-box compliance with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) industry standard guidelines, including features that are – at minimum – Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 AA compliant. We did unprecedented development in the industry, which included focus group testing (special thanks to our colleagues at York Region in Southern Ontario who led this!) to help serve as an industry leader in accessibility within web mapping applications and provide users of all abilities with the best possible user experiences.

In 2016 we will be sharing the stories of end-users who are making the most of Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, and will be urging our government customers, in particular, to make their public-facing maps more accessible to everyone in their communities. Even if it’s not yet legislated in your jurisdiction, take a look… it’s just the right thing to do.

4. Mobile Offline: Geocortex Mobile App Framework

Many organizations require end-users to work with maps on mobile devices, even when operating in an environment with limited to no Internet connectivity, and Collector for ArcGIS is an ideal solution for this scenario. In some cases, there is a need to deliver a customized mobile offline application; to serve this need, we offer Geocortex Mobile App Framework (GMAF), which is included as part of Geocortex Essentials and follows an HTML5-centric approach that can be deployed to – and make the most of – specific mobile device hardware.

In 2015 we simplified GMAF’s architecture to enable a streamlined user experience for downloading and saving viewers that need to work offline onto a device, and added an Android application that is functionally identical to our existing iOS and Windows apps. 2016 will continue to see us improve GMAF, with version 2.0 shipping alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6 and Geocortex Essentials 4.5 in the coming months.

3. Application Performance Monitoring: Geocortex Insight

In October 2015 we released Geocortex Insight, our latest-generation product that helps customers understand use patterns, quantify and report on their GIS infrastructure’s return-on-investment, and build better applications based on near-real time data analysis. It is the successor to Geocortex Optimizer, which we released eight years ago, and has been built from the ground up to reflect the modern ArcGIS platform era.

Geocortex Insight will be front and center for us in 2016. When it was launched last year, we spent the first few months working with our current Geocortex Optimizer customers to help them transition to the new product, and took the time to ask them questions and gather their feedback. We’re very happy with how Geocortex Insight is already helping customers get even clearer pictures of their GIS infrastructures, while continuing aggressive development. And judging by nearly 500 participants in our recent Introduction to Geocortex Insight webinar, there’s lots of interest in the benefits a technology like it provides!

2. Solutions for Public Safety: Geocortex Active Operating Picture

Geocortex Active Operating Picture (AOP) is a product built on the foundation of Geocortex Essentials that helps incident commanders respond to emergency situations with a reliable, direct link to the field. AOP’s design enables clear, multi-way communication with mobile accessibility, a common/clean map interface, and tools to plan routes, share information and manage conversations. It complements the suite of public safety solutions we have built with our customers over the years, and represents one of our first complete, industry-specific offerings.

AOP’s demonstration was a hit at the Esri User Conference in July 2015. We hosted a webinar a month later and started to have more conversations about how AOP could help our customers solve their business problems. What we quickly learned is that Geocortex Active Operating Picture has a broad applicability outside of single-event emergencies. We’re reorienting it from being an industry-specific offering in the sense that Geocortex Essentials and Geocortex Insight are “products”, given its much wider applicability.

2016 will continue this trend, and we can’t wait to see how AOP will evolve to help our customers protect people and property, and respond as quickly and efficiently as possible in emergency situations.

1. Esri’s Portal for ArcGIS/ArcGIS Online and Geocortex

Throughout 2015, our work to embrace Esri’s vision for the modern ArcGIS platform era continued. From core engineering to enable deep, long-term orientation around web maps, identities, portal-centric deployment and web GIS information models – to implementing these new patterns on projects with clients working to unify their web GIS – we are helping position them to take their spatial endeavors to new levels as the future continues to unfold.

This work continues in earnest in 2016, and we’re excited about what’s coming from Esri this year; it’s an exciting time to be in this field!

Latitude Geographics & Geocortex in 2015… and 2016 (Part 1)

January 29th, 2016 by Jason Kolt

On January 15th we held our Annual Kick-Off – a conference-style event at our headquarters in Victoria – where each team at Latitude Geographics shared their strategies for the year ahead and we set our 2016 plans into motion.

Of course, we let ourselves have a little bit of fun after the event as well.

As we looked back on 2015, we realized just how big a year it was. We welcomed 26 new Latituders to the company (which led us to take over an additional floor in our head office’s building), established new programs to share our technology with educational and non-profit organizations, built targeted, industry-specific solutions, launched more features and capabilities in our core product than ever before (we also added a new product while we were at it!), and made some important new partnerships.

Here’s a Top 10 list, in hotly contested order, of the notable developments at Latitude Geographics in 2015 that will have a big influence on the work we all do with Geocortex in 2016. (Well, this post actually contains the first five entries in our list… we will post the second part next week.)

10. Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 and Feature Parity (+)

When Google definitively deprecated support for Silverlight in their Chrome web browser in September 2015 faster than anyone expected, we were closing in on our goal of feature parity with previous-generation technology. A huge number of client migrations took place in 2015, and aggressive development of Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 features was our #1 focus over the year.

2015 saw two massive releases of our HTML5 viewer (2.4 and 2.5), with 40+ new capabilities and enhancements, including (for example): visualization options for point features including heatmaps and clustering, out-of-the-box buffering support, accessibility enhancements for end-users with disabilities, using geolocation/GPS to create features, the addition of a fully pre-configured toolbar with context-sensitive tools and stateful toggle buttons, drill-down map tips for all devices, and a brand new UX for handheld devices.

In the coming weeks, we will ship Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6, which includes an improved “save/open project” feature, and brings us to primary feature parity with our Silverlight viewer. Some features are no longer required, while others are niche and flowed into the product as a result of specific professional services work.  Many features have been enhanced and enriched for next generation, and there are a bunch of completely new features for customers to get acquainted with.

9. Geocortex Support Center Upgrade

We launched a completely overhauled and modernized the Geocortex Support Center in September 2015. New features include improved search capabilities, the ability to post ideas (including up/down-voting), and the ability to submit and monitor support cases more easily. Customers can also contribute to the community and find information related to specific products, which have their own forum, knowledge base, code gallery, video, and product download sections.

8. Geocortex Decision Support via a Houston Advanced Research Center Collaboration

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program, managed by Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), focuses on providing unbiased science and developing solutions to address issues associated with oil and gas development. HARC, the University of Arkansas, and Latitude Geographics collaborated on a multi-year project, which completed in November 2015, to help create software for accessible geodesign related to well pad placement.

Our work with HARC resulted in the development of Geocortex Decision Support, which is centered on a collaborative, familiar interface that allows project team members to interact with GIS data without needing to be GIS experts. Users can share maps with other users in the organization, provide input on siting decisions via comments, and view/respond to tasks assigned by others.

While the impetus for this project was to help the energy sector make environmentally-conscious decisions, it is clear the foundation of Geocortex Decision Support can help any industry that has a need for project teams to collaborate with spatial data. Some exciting customer conversations have already begun.

7. Geocortex for Educational Use & Geocortex for Non-Profit Organizations

Esri provides amazing, no-cost access to ArcGIS technology for use by K-12 institutions, and low-cost access for post-secondary educational use. Inspired by this, we rolled out a complementary program in 2015 to help remove barriers to access for educators and students who’d benefit from integrating Geocortex technology into their curriculum and research.

At the same time we launched the Geocortex for Educational Use Program, we also created the Geocortex Non-Profit Organization Program. We believe deeply in the importance of organizations that strive for positive social and environmental change; there are many organizations in the non-profit/charity sector that have talented people and great mandates, but as registered non-profit organizations, have limited funds with which to procure software like ours. Our hope is that this program will make it easier for them to do their valuable work.

You can inquire about the Geocortex for Educational Use Program or Geocortex Non-Profit Organization Program by emailing us at education@latitudegeo.com and nonprofit@latitudegeo.com respectively.

6. Schneider Partnership & ArcFM Web

In July, we jointly announced our partnership with Schneider Electric at their user group meeting in San Diego, with news that our Geocortex Essentials software would soon be integrated into Schneider Electric’s ArcFM™ solution. This partnership allows utilities to develop useful, targeted applications to quickly empower field workers, streamline business processes, manage assets and analyze data.

Officially released in November, ArcFM Web extends the capabilities of Schneider Electric’s GIS solutions using core Geocortex technology.

Schneider’s ArcFM solution has long been the industry standard for utilities that are looking to leverage the benefits of GIS solutions. Now, with a little support from Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, ArcFM Web provides customer access across devices. This is a new partnership that we expect will blossom in 2016.

Stay tuned for the second half of this list, which we will post next week!

Geocortex Insight has launched… and this is what we’ve learned so far.

December 17th, 2015 by Jason Kolt

In October we officially launched Geocortex Insight, our newest product that helps customers understand use patterns, quantify and report on their GIS infrastructure’s return-on-investment, and build better applications based on near-real time data analysis. It is the successor to Geocortex Optimizer, which we released eight years ago, and has been built from the ground up to reflect the modern ArcGIS platform era.

Geocortex Insight is a new, version 1.0 product, so we’ve been monitoring it extra closely as we manage its phased roll-out to customers. We started with a small beta (test) group before its release, and then focused on deploying it to Geocortex Optimizer customers since the official launch. At this stage in the product’s development, installation and configuration support is required from our team (we will be adding self-configuration capabilities to the next version of Geocortex Insight); this means we’ve had the opportunity to work closely with our customers to fully understand what is required to get them up and running, and have been able to hear from them – directly – about the value they’re finding with the product.

Here are the top six themes we’ve encountered during our initial installations – and have heard from Geocortex Insight customers – so far:

  1. Maximizing the ROI of applications, services, and infrastructure is critical. Ensuring the return on investment (ROI) of a GIS infrastructure and applications by knowing how much they are being used helps with future planning. Customers are using Geocortex Insight to show how many people are using the map services or features they’ve created; it also shows the demands on servers, including CPU and memory, to know if the infrastructure is being used to its potential.
  2. Focusing optimization efforts gives the greatest impact. Enabling users to perform their business tasks at peak performance (by identifying weak areas that can be optimized) makes for a better overall experience. Customers are identifying errors that reoccur from a particular resource, and know which map services are the slowest – and/or put the most demands on their resources – and are focusing their optimization efforts accordingly.
  3. Troubleshooting problems as quickly as possible prevents headaches. Being alerted to issues immediately means they can be resolved quickly. Customers are reviewing reports to see the inter-relationship of a variety of data to understand what the roots of problems are. If they receive a slow response time alert, they are discovering through Geocortex Insight reports whether it was due to a server nearing capacity, a spike in users using a new map service, or an issue with the configuration of a new application.
  4. Planning for the future is easier when following demand trends. Geocortex Insight visually expresses demand changes over time, and customers are taking advantage of this to know when to add new resources.
  5. Understanding users’ behaviors helps build better applications. Knowing what types of browsers are displaying applications (and how frequently they are being used), how many users are new versus returning, and what services are being used are helping guide our customers’ efforts to align with their users’ behaviors.
  6. Monitoring what is important needs to be easy. Most of our customers tell us how busy they are, so keeping track of key metrics by creating their own custom Geocortex Insight dashboards – and easily seeing the data that is important to them in one place – is definitely something we are hearing about often.

We are excited to bring Geocortex Insight to a broader audience in 2016. You can register for a webinar – Introducing Geocortex Insight — which we will be hosting on January 26. If you’d like to see the product in action and learn more, we invite you to attend (and recommend you bring a system administrator/IT colleague with you who is directly involved with monitoring your organization’s infrastructure).

You can learn more about Geocortex Insight by visiting the product’s site, or by contacting your Account Manager/authorized Geocortex reseller as applicable.

The New Geocortex Support Center is Now Live!

September 22nd, 2015 by Jason Kolt

We’re excited to share that the Geocortex Support Center has been upgraded! This is a project that we have been working on for many months, now, and is the direct result of all the helpful feedback that our customers have shared with us. Some of the new features and benefits include:

  • Enhanced search capabilities to help customers find exactly what they’re looking for;
  • Content that is organized by Geocortex products;
  • A dedicated space to share ideas for product enhancements;
  • Up- and down-voting posts in the community forums; and
  • The ability to submit and monitor support cases more easily.

We’ve also created a customized profile page for customers to see all of their activity in one place, and they can even share their public-facing Geocortex sites with the rest of the community to show off some of the innovative work they’re doing with our technology.

The Geocortex Support Center is available to all licensees and can be accessed here.

Not a Geocortex customer yet? Visit our Discovery Center and get in touch with us.

Geocortex Essentials 4.4, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.5 & Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.3

September 8th, 2015 by Jason Kolt

Latest Geocortex release includes visualization enhancements, improved security support, and a simplified architecture for offline scenarios

Latitude Geographics has released Geocortex Essentials 4.4, alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.5 and Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.3.

While we’ve made some major upgrades to Geocortex Essentials (improved performance, load balance stability, and configuration for dynamic workflow forms and basemap groups), many of the exciting features in this release can be found in Geocortex Viewer for HTML5.

We’ve added over 20 significant new capabilities (and many more enhancements to pre-existing features) to Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.5, with a focus on improving user experiences across devices and in any environment. End-users can now select identifiable layers, visualization of point-based features can be expressed as heatmaps or grouped with interactive clustering, and we have made available a fully pre-configured toolbar with context-sensitive tools and stateful toggle buttons. We’ve also built upon our commitment to making web maps accessible to persons with disabilities by adding indications to screen readers when views show and hide in the interface.

Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.3 contains further improvements to its iOS, Windows and Android versions. It has a new, simplified architecture that introduces Viewer Packages for downloading all resources required to run a viewer offline and eliminates the application cache. It’s important to note that Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.5 is required to properly run this version of Geocortex Mobile App Framework.

As always, there are also numerous minor features, various bug fixes and user experience enhancements included as part of this release. We recommend you consult the release notes for more detailed information.

Note: There is interdependence between Geocortex Essentials and our HTML5 viewer; implementing some newly-introduced features will require the latest version of Geocortex Essentials.

Current Geocortex customers: Installers, release notes and supporting documentation can be downloaded by licensees with an active maintenance agreement from the Geocortex Support Center. If your account is handled by an authorized Geocortex Reseller, please contact your local representative for access to installers and documentation.

Customers interested in learning more about some of the new features being introduced can watch a set of new feature videos that are available for viewing in the Geocortex Support Center.

Not a Geocortex customer yet? Check out our Product Release page to learn more about our current release — including a detailed features list — or visit our Discovery Center and get in touch with us.

Geocortex at the Esri User Conference

July 16th, 2015 by Jason Kolt

Esri’s User Conference will be kicking off this weekend and — as always — we will be there (we are at Booth 2001 this year).

We’re looking forward to an action-packed week of meeting with as many customers, prospective customers, and partners as we can at the following events:

  • A Technology Update & Road Ahead session for customers on Tuesday, July 21st at 10:30 AM (PDT), which highlights key developments in our product roadmap, and will also include a glimpse into major changes to the Geocortex Support Center;
  • A Geocortex Demonstration on Tuesday, July 21st at 5:00 PM (PDT); and
  • Our popular Geocortex Picnic at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Wednesday, July 22nd at 12:00 PM (PDT).

This year we are also unveiling Geocortex Insight, the long-anticipated successor to Geocortex Optimizer, on Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:30 PM (PDT); we’re excited to show you what our development team has been working on this past year.

We also have a big announcement that we can’t wait to share with you… but are saving that for when we see you in San Diego.

To learn more about what we are up to, check out our Geocortex at the Esri User Conference website. You can see when all of our events are happening, add them to your calendar, and help plan your time with us.

If you have any questions, you can reach us at events@geocortex.com at any time – before, during, or after the Esri UC – and we will gladly answer them.

See you in a few days in sunny San Diego!

Geocortex Essentials 4.3, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4 & Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.2

April 24th, 2015 by Jason Kolt

Latest Geocortex release includes most feature-rich HTML5 viewer ever, accessibility for end-users with disabilities, inclusion of Android devices for offline scenarios

Latitude Geographics has released Geocortex Essentials 4.3, alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4 and Geocortex Mobile App Framework 1.2.

This release contains so many features and improvements that we got our customers involved early. We ran a month-long beta program and close to 200 customers provided their feedback to help us improve the quality of our software: thank you to everyone who participated… your input is extremely appreciated!

Geocortex Essentials has made some major improvements under the hood to improve performance. Instant Search – which allows you to scan across millions of indexed records – has been updated, and new Workflow activities are available to help streamline and automate even the most complex business processes. We’ve also included support for KML layers and folder configuration options with the help of icons and radio buttons.

The biggest news, however, is the huge leap we’ve taken with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5. We’ve added over 20 significant new capabilities and several enhancements, with a dedicated focus on improving user experiences across devices and in any environment. An optional compact toolbar, improved feature details, and drill-down map tips are available for all devices, and handheld devices have a brand new UX and UI. We’ve also helped make maps more accessible to end-users with disabilities by ensuring that all out-of-the-box tools and features are Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 AA compliant.

Geocortex Mobile App Framework’s iOS and Windows versions have been improved, and support for Android devices has been added at the request of our customers. All three editions contain an “online/offline” toggle button and indicator when paired with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4.

Here are the highlights of this major release:

Geocortex Essentials 4.3

  • Improvements to Instant Search to increase feature scanning speeds, recover errors and perform multiple service scans simultaneously
  • Instant Search can now scan secured services and services with coded value domains
  • Radio button layer behavior
  • Support for adding KML files to a site
  • Configurable copyright attribution for all service types
  • New Workflow activities and improvements
  • Layer security now supports related tables

Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4

  • WCAG 2.0 AA compliance (including support for screen readers and mouseless navigation of user interface)
  • Completely new, upgraded handheld shell with a streamlined UX and improved UI
  • Applications with fewer tools can now be arranged in an optional compact toolbar
  • Pictometry® Extension for Geocortex Essentials is now an integrated, out-of-the-box feature
  • Export map image to a variety of image formats and include georeferenced image metadata
  • Display a configured overview map
  • Support for displaying, identifying and querying KML layers
  • Transition through multiple years of aerial imagery with a time-based basemap slider
  • New Feature Details view allows you to arrange the feature description, attributes, hyperlinks, charts, related records and attachments in top-left, top-right and bottom panels
  • Drill-down map tips return features from multiple layers beneath a clicked point
  • Fixed-position displays for map tips
  • Create sharable URLs with query parameters that preserve the current scale, map center, visible layers and selected theme
  • Allow application sharing via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and email
  • Export search, identify, query and measurement results to CSV, XLSX and shapefile formats
  • Configure search selection display text when no results can be found
  • Report mouse coordinates in map units, or lat/long in a variety of formats
  • Configurable application footer to store hyperlinks or dynamic controls (scalebar, mouse coordinates, social media links)
  • Automatically pan the map with tools that use shapes (lines, polygons, rectangles, etc.) when used near the edges of the map
  • Report coordinates in a status message when geolocation is invoked
  • Multi-tool widget allows grouping of similar tools into a fly-out menu
  • 3rd party map integration container allows docking maps from Bing, Pictometry® and other sources

As always, there are also numerous minor features, various bug fixes and user experience enhancements included as part of this release. We recommend you consult the release notes for more detailed information.

Note: There is interdependence between Geocortex Essentials and our HTML5 viewer; implementing some newly-introduced features will require the latest version of Geocortex Essentials.

Current Geocortex customers: Installers, release notes and supporting documentation can be downloaded by licensees with an active maintenance agreement from the Geocortex Support Center. If your account is handled by an authorized Geocortex Reseller, please contact your local representative for access to installers and documentation.

Customers interested in learning more about some of the new features being introduced can watch a set of new feature videos that are available for viewing in the Geocortex Support Center.

Not a Geocortex customer yet? Visit our Discovery Center and get in touch with us.

Google Deprecation Announcement & Esri

February 10th, 2015 by Steven Myhill-Jones

We’re getting folks asking for our take on the Google Earth Enterprise & Google Maps Engine deprecation announcement and Esri’s response. Here are my reflections:

  • This was a noteworthy and unexpected development for us, like it was for just about everyone else.
  • At the same time, we didn’t see Google getting all that much traction or beating Esri/the ArcGIS platform in many deals. Our hunch is underperformance was the impetus behind Google’s strategy shift. We think Esri’s response/approach is sensible, for reasons others have well covered.
  • Notwithstanding consumer mindshare, we’ve always figured intelligent, up-to-date information (flowing from their epic data collection programs) is probably at the heart of Google’s significance in the GIS industry.
  • There’s been lots of good discussion and hypothesizing by others, including our friends at Spatial IQ. Frankly, we haven’t posted anything until now because we don’t have a lot to add that hasn’t been said already and, even more, we’re so focused on Esri technology we’re the first to admit we’re not an unbiased or disinterested party.
  • Ultimately, for us, this serves as a reminder that over the long haul, core focus is what counts.

Anyway, comments welcomed.  Please be aware I’m overseas through the end of the week and may be slow to reply/acknowledge.

Geocortex Essentials and Viewers Offer Compatibility with ArcGIS 10.3

December 16th, 2014 by Drew Millen

Esri released ArcGIS 10.3, including ArcGIS for Server and Portal for ArcGIS, on December 10th. We are pleased to announce that the latest versions of Geocortex software products have been tested and are compatible with this release (Geocortex Essentials 4.2.1, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.3.2 and Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.3.1).

Geocortex Essentials and the Viewers continue to be backward compatible with older versions of ArcGIS, including: 9.3, 9.3.1, 10, 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2 and all service packs.

At the 10.3 release of ArcGIS, customers can take advantage of the Portal for ArcGIS named user entitlement that comes with ArcGIS for Server Standard and Advanced editions. Over the previous months, Geocortex software has been engineered to fully support integration with Portal for ArcGIS. Administrators can enable sign-in to Geocortex Essentials Manager with Portal for ArcGIS accounts, and access private web maps and services when building Geocortex applications. Permissions, such as fine-grained access to layers, workflows, reports and more, can also be controlled based on Portal for ArcGIS accounts.

Geocortex continues to evolve and provide additional value alongside the modern ArcGIS Platform, and the team at Latitude Geographics is excited about the new development opportunities for Geocortex software in 2015.

Google Chrome, Silverlight, and the Move to HTML5

December 5th, 2014 by David Stevenson

Google first announced their plan to deprecate support for Silverlight in their Chrome web browser last year, and they recently reaffirmed this decision with specific timelines. Support for Silverlight inside Chrome will see deprecation starting in January 2015, with workarounds ending in April 2015. When we blogged about this in late 2013, we mentioned the possibility that either (a) Google might push their timelines out; or (b) Microsoft might come with a solution. At the same time, we reaffirmed our commitment to HTML5, open standards, and a transition plan for moving off Silverlight. Before we talk about paths forward and the future, let’s discuss the current facts.

The majority of our customers have either transitioned onto our HTML5 technology or are already working through a transition plan. If you aren’t currently deploying applications using Silverlight, or your users don’t use Google Chrome (Internet Explorer will continue to work for years to come and Firefox already has a degraded experience), these specific upcoming changes won’t affect you. However, given the tremendous benefits of HTML5 (e.g. no plugins, cross platform support) we encourage you to prioritize HTML-based applications in 2015 regardless.

Here’s a reminder of what’s happening over the next few months:

  1. Sometime in January 2015, Google will release a version of Chrome that will prompt users to enable Silverlight when accessing a Silverlight application. Once enabled, the setting should stay indefinitely, and the user won’t be asked again. This is very similar to the functionality seen today in Firefox.
  2. Following that change, sometime in April 2015, Google will roll out another update that will disable Silverlight from running in Chrome entirely.  At this point, it will be technically possible to override this behavior in Chrome’s settings, but the average end user can’t be expected to do this.
  3. Finally, sometime around September 2015, Chrome will completely lose the ability to run Silverlight with no way to override.  While the September date gives a sliver of hope for running Silverlight applications on Chrome later into 2015, our advice is to work towards the January date while keeping the April date as a drop-dead backup plan.

Our goal is to engineer technology to make adaptation to change (desirable or otherwise) as straightforward as possible. Our Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 – together with our workflow technology – make up the key transition strategy for those who have built applications with Silverlight. Over the last year we’ve been extremely focused on building out comparable functionality in our HTML5 viewer; in the first months of 2015, we’re scheduled to release Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.4, which we anticipate will cover the vast majority of functionality that is actively deployed in our Silverlight viewer.

For some, standing up a parallel HTML5 application has taken only hours or a few days; for others it can be more time consuming, depending on the level of customization required. If you haven’t already done so, we strongly encourage you to begin heading down this path soon.

Recognizing that a full transition to HTML5 can take some time, we’ve set up a number of resources that you can take advantage of immediately to minimize disruptions to your existing Silverlight applications. Please visit http://www.geocortex.com/silverlight-to-html5 where you’ll find the following:

  • More in-depth information to help you with this transition;
  • HTML content you can put on your website today to minimize unexpected messages to your end users visiting with Google Chrome; and
  • Information about an upcoming Silverlight to HTML5 webinar, scheduled for January 7, 2015.

Our product development team has been working hard since 2011 to help ensure the eventual transition from Silverlight to HTML5 is as smooth as possible for our clients. If you’re still deploying public-facing sites and haven’t yet completed the majority of your transition to HTML5, we encourage you to make use of the above resources to get applications across the finish line before the end of March.