Esri Launches New Developer Accounts

Redlands-based mapping software developer Esri is ramping up its efforts to reach out to third party software developers, saying Friday that it has launched a new, free developer subscription for its web, mobile, and online tools and services. The company said the new access to ArcGIS online provides access to the company's various geoservices, ability to host a developer's data in the cloud, and more. Esri--long known for its geographical information systems (GIS) tools in the enterprise market--has only recently begun approaching the wider consumer and Internet market. Esri said the new account lets users access its APIs, with ability to later upgrade to paid levels required for deploying commercial applications.