1                    Release Notes

ChescoViews 3.1 Service Pack 1

1.)    Map scales changed to engineering units (e.g.1”=83’ changed to 1”=100’)

2.)    2015 Aerial photos available in application

3.)    School district layer available in application (layer will not get added to print legend)

ChescoViews 3.1

1.)    Ability to select multiple parcels in one parcel search

2.)    Ability to add parcel(s) to currently selected parcel set

3.)    Ability to remove parcel(s) from currently selected parcel set

4.)    Transparency of layers such as Flood Risk Mapping is recognized

ChescoViews 3.0

1.)    Current Parcel Details (More) accessed via the Identify Tool

2.)    Single drop-down list to access list of Chester County streets in Find search tools

3.)    Data grid showing multiple search and buffer zone tool results

4.)    Basemap Switcher widget including latest 2014 Aerial photographs

5.)    Building footprint layer has been added

6.)    Recorded subdivision layer has been added

7.)    Portrait view has been added as a print option

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2                    Getting Started

ChescoViews 3.1 enables you to explore a map and find information useful to you.

 

How it works 

ChescoViews 3.1 has five main parts as shown in image below:

·         Along the top, a set of links to this Help and other websites, as well as a link to make comments about the application.

                  

·         A toolbar for interacting with the map.

      

The toolbar's main components are a Table of Contents (TOC) drop-down pane, a Find tool that accesses a dialog box containing the Parcel and Road searches that are available in the application, a Buffer Zone tool, various map navigation tools, an Identify tool including Current Parcel Details link, a Clear Map tool, a Measurement tool, and a Print tool.

 

·         Map.

·         A Basemap switcher that allows the enduser to switch the basemap for the map.  This component is found in the upper right corner of the map as shown in the image above labeled Switch Basemap.

·         Datagrid of task results below the map (The datagrid opens up with 2 or 3 rows showing, by default).

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3                    Browser Compatibility

·         ChescoViews will run by default against Internet Explorer (IE) 11, FireFox 35.0, and Chrome 40.0.2214.115.

·         ChescoViews will also run by default against IE 9 and 10.

·         ChescoViews will not run against IE 8.  In order to use ChescoViews, you must upgrade your browser to at least IE 9.

·         ChescoViews has not been tested  against Safari in a Windows environment.  As such, Chester County makes no guarantees on whether it will work in this environment or not.

·         ChescoViews has not been tested with any browsers in the Windows 8 environment as Chester County does not currently support Windows 8.  As such, Chester County makes no guarantees on whether it will work in this environment or not.

·         ChescoViews has not been tested in an Apple operating system (OS) environment.  As such, Chester County makes no guarantees on whether it will work in this environment or not.

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4                    Map

The map occupies the main portion of the application and displays the layers shown in the TOC.  You can interact with the map using the buttons, tools, and widgets described in the following sections.

 

·         The TOC is discussed in Section 5

·         The Navigation, Identify (with Current Parcel Details link) and Clear Map buttons are discussed in Section 6

·         The Parcel and Road Search tools are discussed in Sections 7-8

·         The Buffer Zone tool is discussed in Section 9

·         The Print tool is discussed in Section 10

·         The Measurement tool is discussed in Section 11

 

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5                    Table of Contents

The Table of Contents tool on the left side of the toolbar is closed, by default, when the application opens. Clicking on the TOC tool opens the TOC as shown below.

·         Click the plus button next to a content item to display the layers within it.

·         A check-box next to a layer indicates whether the layer is currently turned on.

·         If enabled, you can click the check-box next to the layer name to turn the layer on or off. The map automatically redraws to reflect the changes in layer visibility.

·         Some layers may not be visible at the current map scale (zoom level). These layers are called scale dependent. You may need to zoom the map in or out to see a particular layer displayed, even if its check-box is checked to draw.

·         If layers have a plus button next to the name, you can expand the layer to display a legend for the layer.  The legend may display a single symbol or multiple symbols for the layer.

·         Users cannot change the layers’ symbology or labeling in this application.

 

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6                    Navigation, Identify (with Current Parcels Detail Link) and Clear Map Tools

The Navigation, Identify (with Current Parcel Details link ) and Clear Map tools allows you to interact with the map by clicking on the map with a tool. For example, if you click in the toolbar on the Zoom In tool, then click on the map, the map will zoom in around where you click. Note: Some tools do an action immediately.  These tools include the Full-extent, Previous-extent, and Next-extent tools

6.1                Zoom in

Click and drag a rectangle: Click and hold the left mouse button down on the map at one corner of the rectangle to zoom in to. Drag the mouse to the other corner of the rectangle, and release the mouse button. The map will zoom in to the area of the rectangle.

6.2                Zoom out

Click and drag a rectangle: the map will zoom out so that the current map area will fit into the rectangle drawn. The smaller the rectangle you draw, the more the map will zoom out.

6.3                Pan (recenter)

Click and drag the map: Click and hold the left mouse button on the map, and drag the map. The map will be re-centered, with the location dragged at the location you dropped it.

6.4                Full extent

 Immediately zooms the map out to the area of all features and layers.

6.5                Previous extent

The map returns to the area displayed previously. This tool is similar to the browser's Back button, but it works specifically for the map. Up to fifty previous extents are stored when the map is zoomed or panned. If the button is disabled, you are at the original extent in the extent history.

6.6                Next extent

The map displays the next extent in the list of stored map extents. This is only available after the Previous Extent button has been clicked. Up to fifty extents are stored in the extent history. If the button is disabled, you are at the latest extent in the extent history.

6.7                Identify (with Current Parcels Detail Link)

If you want to know about a feature on the map, you can get more information about it using the Identify tool.

·         In the toolbar, click the Identify button.

·         Now that you have enabled the Identify tool, click with the left mouse button on the map.

·         A callout box displays information about a feature at the location.

·         The top of the callout box displays the layer name as well as number of visible features that were found at the location where the user clicked on the map.  Below the layer’s name are all the attributes of the feature as shown above.

·         If multiple features are found at the location clicked, you can access the additional features by clicking on the arrow to the right of the layer title as shown above.

·         A vertical scrollbar on the right side automatically appears if there are additional data fields not shown from the default size of the Identify window.

·         The Current Details Link (More) is provided at the bottom of the parcel layer's Identify fields which you can access with the vertical scrollbar

·         After clicking the More link a new browser page will open as shown below:

·         To close the identify callout box that appears on the map, click the close button on the upper right of the callout box as shown above.

6.8                Clear Map and Datagrids of Results

Click on this tool and selected map features (e.g. Parcels) will be unhighlighted on the map and all datagrids with search results will be emptied and minimized.  Note that individual datagrid results can be cleared in each Search dialog box as well.

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7                    Parcel Searches

ChescoViews 3.1 gives you four ways to search County Land Records data (parcels) and see the locations on the map.  These four searches can be accessed by clicking on the Find Tool next to the TOC tool on the left side of the toolbar.  A dialog box opens that allows you to scroll through the various application searches: 

7.1                Find Address

·         Click on the Find Address tab in Find dialog box that will open the Find Address panel as shown below:

·         Enter a street number in the first Street Num box to find one address.  You can also enter an address range by including a number in To Street Num box.  For either method, you also need to select the desired street name from the Street drop-down list.

·         A search using just the Street (street name) can also be done.

·         Example: 220 W Market Street - Place cursor in the Street Num field, enter 220, press the tab key twice and enter W in the Street Dir field, click on the Street dropdown list and enter part or entire street name "Market", press the tab key and select St in the Street Type dropdown list. Press tab and hit enter or click the Find button to execute the search.  The map will automatically zoom to an extent that is slightly larger than the parcel(s) that were selected.  The selected parcel(s) will be highlighted in red.

·         You can use your keyboard to type the street name, which will select the street as you type. Use the Backspace key to get back out of the typed street names.

·         The search can be filtered by the optional Street Dir, Street Type, and Municipality field. However, make sure you select the correct optional fields or your search may not return a result.

 

·         A successful search will also populate the data grid at the bottom of the page with the type of search and number of search results, as well as the parameters used in the search.  In addition, the appropriate search tab below the data grid will be highlighted.  The data grid will automatically expand to show 2 or 3 results (depending on the search parameters) as shown in the below image.

·         The data grid can be enlarged by dragging the grid upward from the resize icon in the middle of the data grid.

·         You can enter an address that does not exist for a parcel, but the addresses’ approximate location along a road segment will be shown if there is a road’s address range that contains this value.  The images below on the left shows the results for a search of 221 W Market St.

·         Note that the image above on the left shows the results for a search of 221 W Market St. in the accordion pane with the alert in red.  The image below on the right shows the map zoomed into the approximate location of the input address.  The input address as well as the Identification Code for the municipality where this location exists is shown below the marker for the searched location.

7.2                Find Owner

·         Click on the Find Owner tab in the Find dialog box that will open the Find Owner panel as shown below:

·         Enter the last name of the owner in the Owner field. A search will be performed looking for this name as the first or second owner of a property. You can also search for an owner using the last and first name in the Owner field.

·         The search may be filtered by the optional Municipality field. However, make sure you select the correct municipality or your search may not return a result.

7.3                Find UPI

·         Click on the Find UPI tab in the Find dialog box that will open the Find UPI panel as shown below:

·         Note: You now have additional UPI search capabilities that allow you to select multiple parcels.  By default, you will search for a new selection set when the application opens.  You can search for multiple parcels in the same general location by typing a “.” after the last digit (e.g. 1-1-1. will return 1-1-1 and 1-1-1.1).

·         Note: You can also select multiple parcels by choosing Add to Selection which adds new parcels to the selection set that were not already chosen based on the current search in the UPI text box.

·         Note: You can now also delete parcels from a selection set by choosing Remove from Selection which removes parcels from the selection set based on the current search in the UPI text box.  If you remove all records in the selection set with the Remove from Selection option, the search parameter will automatically change to New Selection.

·         Note: By default, you will now search for a UPI that does not include the -E, -T, or -U suffix.

·         If you want to modify your search to include tax exempt parcels, you would check the checkbox for Find Exempt, Traller, Utility parcels and the UPI Search will now be applied to the PIN_COMMON field.  This search would return more results for a parcel such as 18-4-1.

·         You can perform a tax map search to include the municipality and map sheet number (e.g. 1-4 will return all parcels with a UPI value starting with 1-4 such as 1-4-1 and 1-4-38, etc.).  The image below shows the 1-4 search that will only return the first 200 records of the total selected parcel records (The data grid has a 200 record limit for parcel and road searches).

7.4                Find PIN

·         Click on the Find PIN tab on in the Find dialog box that will open the Find PIN panel as shown below:

·         Note: You now have additional PIN search capabilities that allow you to select multiple parcels.  By default, you will search for a new selection set when the application opens.

 

·         Note: You can also select multiple parcels by choosing Add to Selection which adds new parcels to the selection set that were not already chosen based on the current search in the PIN text box.

 

·         Note: You can now also delete parcels from a selection set by choosing Remove from Selection which removes parcels from the selection set based on the current search in the PIN text box.  If you remove all records in the selection set with the Remove from Selection option, the search parameter will automatically change to New Selection.

 

·         You can perform a tax map search to include the municipality and map sheet number where leading zeroes for the municipality and map sheet number need to be included in the textbox (e.g. 0104 will return all parcels with a PIN value starting with 0104 such as 0104 0001000 and 0104 0038000, etc.).  The image below shows the 0104 search that will only return the first 200 records of the total selected parcel records (The data grid has a 200 record limit for parcel and road searches).

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8                    Road Searches

ChescoViews 3.1 gives you two ways to search County Road Centerline data and see the locations on the map.  These two road searches can be accessed by clicking on the Find tool next to the TOC tool on the left side of the toolbar.  A dialog box opens that allows you to scroll through the various application searches.  The road searches can be found after scrolling through the parcel searches:   

8.1                Find Street

·         Click on the Find Street tab in the Find dialog box that will open the Find Street panel as shown below:

§  Click on the Street dropdown list and enter a part of or entire street name.  Select the desired street name from the street dropdown list.

§  The search may be filtered by the optional Municipality field. However, make sure you select the correct municipality or your search may not return a result.

8.2                Find Intersection

·         Click on the Find Intersection tab in the Find dialog box that will open the Find Intersection panel as shown below:

·         Click on the 1st Street dropdown list and enter a part of or entire street name.  Select the desired street name from the street dropdown list.

·         Click on "Get 2nd Streets" to populate the cross street choices and select a street.  Click on "Find" to execute the search.

·         The user will be informed of the number of intersections that were found in Chester County just below the Municipality drop-down list.

·         You can also limit the results of the search by adding the municipality from the provided dropdown list.  However, make sure you select the correct municipality or your search may not return a result.

·         Note: You can only select streets from the dropdown lists. The lists show all of the streets in the Chester County Roads layer with their official names (alias street names are included).

·         To clear the selected intersection(s), click on the Clear Map button to the left of the Find as shown in the image above.

 

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9                    Buffer Zone

·         Zoom to the parcel you wish to buffer.

·         Click on the Buffer Zone tool next to Find in middle of the toolbar that will open the Buffer Zone dialog box as shown below:

§  Enter a distance in the Buffer Zone window (will be either feet or miles) and then click on a parcel in the map.

§  A buffer zone radius will be drawn around the selected parcel (parcel at location of user’s mouse click) and information from the selected parcels will get added to the datagrid below the map as well as the Buffer Zone selection parameters.  Please note that you cannot enter a distance greater than 10,560 feet or 2 miles.

§  You can export the results in the datagrid to another format for other uses such as a Mailing List in Microsoft Word. The datagrid is explained in more detail in the DataGrid Help section.

§  The map and datagrid can be cleared by clicking on the Clear Map button shown in the image above.  You can also use the Clear Map button on the tool bar to clear the buffer zone results (Note that you will also lose all existing search results as well).

 


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10                    Print

·         Zoom or pan the map to the area you wish to print.  This operation can be performed with the map navigation tools or any or the searches (parcel or street).

·         Click on the Print tool         found on the far right of the toolbar to the right of the measure tool that will open the Print dialog box as shown below:

                  

·         In the Print dialog, choose options as desired for printing.  Some options that are available:

a)      Title: title to display at the top of the print page.

b)      Initials: initials of user to display near the bottom of the legend on the print page.

c)      Department: department of the user to display near the bottom of the legend on the print page.

d)     Page Size: size of the printout

e)      Orientation: layout of the printout

f)       Searched Data: printout contains either searched data results or legend items

g)      Zoom: printout is either generated at current scale (None), (Out) zoom 1 level out (Out*2) zoom 2 levels out

·         Click on the Accept Setting button that will lock in the user defined print settings and display the Print button as shown below.

·         Clicking on the Print button will execute the printing of the map according to user criteria.  The Print button text will change to Printing while this process is occurring as shown below:

·         The printing tool for this application opens up a new browser page to show a preview of the printout, which would most likely be blocked by default.  The first time printing from this application might generate a Pop-Up Blocker warning as shown below:

By clicking on the down arrow on the Options for this site button, you can select Always allow so printouts will always be generated on the current computer.

·         By default, the first search result will be displayed on the print page unless you choose different printing criteria.

·         Please note that the map will zoom to the selected parcel record in the data grid that has the focus.  The map will zoom to the extent of the street or intersection search that has the focus in the data grid. If the map is not displaying your searched results, you can always clear the map and perform your search again so the map will zoom to the expected result(s).

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11                    Measurement

·         You can use the Measure tool to determine point locations, as well as measure distances and areas.

·         Click on the Measurement accordion tab on the left side of the page that will open the Measurement panel as shown below:

To measure a point

1.      In the Measure accordion pan, click on the  .  The Point icon is outlined to show it is the active type.

2.      Click a location on the map with the left mouse button.  The image below shows the measurement result for a point.  Note that the coordinates next to the arrow marker show the map coordinates as you move around the map.  The coordinates next to green marker show the last point where the user clicked on the map.

3.      Click again to define a new location on the map.

To measure a line

·         In the Measure accordion pane, click on the .  The Line icon is outlined to show it is the active type.

·         Move the cursor to the first point of the line you want to measure and click the left mouse button.  As you move the mouse from this location, you will see the line stretching to the current position.  The measure accordion pane will also begin to display distance.

·         Move the cursor to the second point of the line.  If you only want to measure one straight line segment , double-click at this location.  Otherwise, click once with the left mouse button.

·         If measuring a line with multiple segments (polyline), continue clicking at vertices to add segments. The Measurement Result displays the sum of segments added so far.

·         At any point during the measuring, you can change the units for measuring distance by using the drop-down list in the measure dialog. You can also change units after completing the measurement.

·         To draw a new line, simply click on the map to start the new line. This erases the previous line.

·         To erase the line from the map, click any of the measure type icons in the Measure dialog. If you click any other tool in the Tools element, this will close the Measure dialog, and any line or polygon will also be erased.

To measure area

1.      In the Measure dialog, click the Polygon icon http://chescoviews/chescoviews/images/measure-poly.png. The Polygon icon is outlined to show it is the active type, and the dialog changes to show information on measuring polygons.

2.      Click the left mouse button at the first point in the polygon. As you move the mouse from this location, you will see the line stretching to the current position.

3.      Click the second point of the polygon. The first segment draws, and the polygon now stretches to the current position from the last point as well as to the initial point. When you click the third point, the measure dialog displays the area of the polygon based on the vertices added. The total is updated as you add more vertices.

4.      At the last vertex in the polygon, double-click the mouse. You do not need to click at the original point again. Read the Area from the Measure dialog. You can change the Distance Units to see the same polygon expressed with different units.

5.      Continue adding points (vertices) of the polygon. New vertices add segments connecting to the previous vertex.

6.      At the last vertex in the polygon, double-click the mouse. You do not need to click at the original point again. Read the Area and Perimeter from the Measure dialog. You can change the Distance Units to see the same polygon expressed with different units.

7.      To draw a new polygon, simply click on the map to start the new polygon. This erases the previous polygon.

8.      To erase the polygon from the map, click any of the measure type icons in the Measure dialog. If you click any other tool in the Tools element, this will close the Measure dialog, and any line or polygon will also be erased.

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12               Basemap Switcher

·         You can use the Basemap switcher to change the basemap for the map.  This component is found in the upper right corner of the map as shown in the image below.  The Basemap switcher is minimized by default, so you need to click on the arrow to expand the dialog box.

·         After clicking on the arrow to expand the dialog box, the Basemap switcher will appear as shown in the below image:

·         The Orthos 2014 Hillshade Basemap (OrthosHill2014) is the default basemap for ChescoViews 3.

·         You can select another basemap by clicking on the rectangular area above the basemap’s title.  The map will take about a second to refresh and show the selected basemap imagery.

·         You can click on the arrow again to minimize the Basemap switcher dialog box to display more of the map.

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13               Data Grid

·         The data grid is used to display attribute values of data layers in ChescoViews 3.  The data grid is populated when using the Parcel searches, Road searches, and the Buffer Zone tool.

·         The below image shows the data grid for a Find Address parcel search, which would have the same attributes displayed in the data grid as a Find Owner, Find UPI, and Find PIN parcel search.  The Address tab below the data grid is highlighted in white so the user knows this search has the current focus.

·         The searches and buffer zone tool will automatically open the data grid below the map showing 2 or 3 records, depending upon the size of the monitor being used.  The data grid can be expanded by placing the cursor along the boundary between the map and the data grid where the cursor will change from an arrow to parallel lines with arrows above and below the parallel lines.  Hold the left mouse button and drag the mouse until the data grid has reached the appropriate extent.

·         The records in the data grid can be sorted using any field.  Hover the mouse over the field name and it will change in color to dark blue.  Click on the field name with the left mouse button and an arrow will appear on the right side of the field name.  By default, the arrow will be pointing upward to indicate that the records are being sorted in ascending order using this field.  Clicking on the arrow with the left mouse button will change the arrow to point downward and the records will be sorted in descending order.

·         The number of columns available in the data grid will vary depending upon the size of the monitor being used.  The scrollbar below the records can be used to access additional fields.

·         The Export All button at the bottom of the data grid, as shown above, allows the end user to export parcel information to a csv file that can be processed in other software to create mailing labels.

·         The data grid can be minimized by clicking on the button in the upper right corner of the data grid.  Clicking this same button in the minimized data grid will open the data grid to its previous extent.

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14               Comments

A Comments link on the right of the Links toolbar at the top of the browser can be used for the end user to report problems with the current application or potential enhancements to the application.  When the end user clicks on the Comments link, the screen shown below pops up for user input.

The minimum input is typing in a comment, followed by clicking on the “I’m not a robot” checkbox, and then clicking on the Submit button.

After clicking on the  Submit button, the message “Thank you for your comment!” will be displayed below the Submit button.

 

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15               Land Use Codes

Land Use Codes:

LUC

Description

R-40

A - Apartments (4-19 Units)

R-90

A - Apt Complex (20 or more units)

C-10

C - Banks, Savings & Loans

C-20

C - Gas Station

C-30

C - Restaurants, Stores (Retail)

C-35

C - Condominium Stores

C-40

C - Motels, Hotels

C-41

C - Nursing Homes

C-50

C - Shopping Centers

C-60

C - Office Bldgs/Laboratory/Library

C-65

C - Office Condo

C-67

C - Office Condo Common Law

C-70

C - Commercial Garage/Shop/Car Dealers

C-80

C - Warehouse

C-81

C - Storage Tanks

C-90

C - Entertainment, Recreation

C-91

C - Recreation (Private)

C-92

C - Mobile Home Parks (4+)

C-93

C - Burial Grounds/Mausoleum

C-94

C - Airports

C-95

C - Private Schools

C-96

C - Commercial OBY only

F-40

C - Mushroom, Horticultural, etc

R-61

C - Dwelling W/Comm Use Primary Comm

V-11

C - Vacant Land Commercial

V-35

C - Condo Store/Vac Common Element

V-65

C - Condo Office/Vac Common Element

V-67

C - Condo Common Law Office/Common Area

E-10

E - Churches

E-11

E - Cemetaries

E-12

E - Service Connected

E-13

E - Chester County Property

E-20

E - Schools

E-30

E - Public Utilities

E-40

E - Railroads

E-50

E - Hospitals, etc.

E-60

E - State

E-61

E - State Parks

E-62

E - Federal

E-63

E - Federal Govenment Parks

E-70

E - Local Gov't (Townships & Boroughs)

E-71

E - Local Gov't Parks

E-80

E - Non Profit Organizations

E-90

E - Fire Companies

F-10

F - Farm 10 -19.99 Acres

F-20

F - Farm 20 TO 79.99 Acres

F-80

F - Farm 80 acres and over

M-10

I - Heavy Industrial

M-20

I - Light Industrial

M-25

I - Light Industrial Condominium

M-30

I - Quarry/Landfill

N-01

N - NOT ASSESSED IN CHESTER CO

R-10

R - Single Family/Cabin

R-20

R - Two Family

R-30

R - Multi Family/Dorms/Single

R-50

R - Condominium

R-55

R - Town House (Common Law Condo)

R-60

R - Dwelling W/Comm Use Primary Res

R-70

R - Mobile Home

R-80

R - Barns,Stables,Pools,Misc Bldgs

R-95

R - Common Elements - NOT OPEN SPACE

T-10

R - Trailers and Mobile Homes

V-10

R - Vacant Land Residential

V-12

R - OPEN SPACE

V-13

R - Road Beds,R/W,Access Way

V-14

R - Basins, Drainage Controls

V-50

R - Condo/Vacant Common Element

V-55

R - Condo Common Law/Common Area

U-03

U - Public Utilities

U-04

U - Railroads

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15               System Requirements

·         For the most up-to-date information on supported browsers, search for System Requirements at ESRI Support (http://support.esri.com/en). Select ArcGIS Server in the Software list, select the current version (e.g., 10.2) in the Version list. In the system requirements page that displays, go to ArcGIS Server Manager supported browsers on best practices for ChescoViews 3.

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16               Getting More Help and Information

·         The ESRI User Forums provide a place to share information with other users. Go to http://support.esri.com/en/  and click on GeoNet.

·         For more information about ESRI GIS products, please visit the ESRI website http://www.esri.com.