February 20, 2008 08:00 ET

ESRI and Adapx Partner to Provide ESRI Customers With Innovative Digital Pen and Paper Software Solution

Field Teams Can Collaborate on Hard Copy and No Longer Have to Re-Enter Field Data With Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 20, 2008) - Adapx (, the company that is changing the economics of field data management, and ESRI, the world leader in the geographic information system (GIS) software industry, today announced a strategic agreement to deliver Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop to all of ESRI's markets such as government, utilities, engineering, natural resources, and various other industries. Under the terms of this agreement, ESRI will offer Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop in the United States through its direct sales force and channel of 1,700 resellers. Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop is a fully integrated GIS software solution that digitally enables paper-based field mapping with a digital pen and standard paper for a broad range of industries.

"We have been a key player in the GIS market for over 25 years and continue to stay on the cutting-edge by offering the latest products to meet the changing needs of our customers," said Jack Dangermond, president at ESRI. "Adapx offers a refreshing approach to field data management with a truly integrated end-to-end solution designed for the way people work in the field -- pen and paper technology that is intuitive to use and feature rich."

ESRI sees Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop as a complementary solution to its portfolio of ArcGIS software products. Capturx enables ESRI customers to simply upload field annotations from paper maps directly into ESRI's ArcGIS software without manual data entry, making handwritten GIS information instantly available in a digital format and ready to share with colleagues. The digital pen stores data and once docked in its station transforms it into geodatabase features. Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop is a powerful, simple, digital data collection solution that empowers ArcGIS Desktop users to collect GIS data with pen and paper.

"As engineers, precision is a critical skill -- Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop automated the process of transcribing field notes and mapping from multiple engineers with extreme accuracy," explains Mark Valentino, GIS coordinator at Freese and Nichols, an engineering firm based in Texas. "It was business as usual for our field teams until they got back into the office. This is where the real magic takes place -- important data is shared across teams almost immediately, giving us more efficient decision-making power and a greatly improved bottom line with each project."

There are three core components of Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop solution:

The Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop software platform -- Only Capturx offers a software platform that interprets information back and forth from the field to computer. After paper maps have been marked up, the software platform translates the digital ink captured in Penx as geodatabase features available in ArcGIS Desktop.

The Penx digital pen -- Penx, the field-ready digital pen, writes on paper with regular ink and simultaneously records pen strokes as digital ink. The durable construction is designed to go in even the harshest climates and conditions and ranks higher in convenience by users than rugged PCs and tablets. Penx is designed for the way people work, with virtually no training required.

Digital paper -- Any standard paper up to A2 (16.5 x 23.4) can be used to print the ArcMap-designed map. Most color, high-resolution and PostScript Level 2 printers can imprint the special digital pen-enabling pattern of dots recognized by Penx.

"Serving over 30 industries, ESRI represents a significant new channel for Adapx. We're happy to offer their customers a more cost effective, plug-and-play field management solution," said Ken Schneider, president and CEO at Adapx. "ESRI's vision and experience in the GIS software industry combined with our innovative technology and commitment to customer service represents a win-win for both companies as well as our customers."

Pricing and Availability

Information about a single and 5-user kit of Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop is available today at or by calling 800-447-9778.

Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop can be used with any version of ArcGIS, including ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo, and is compatible with personal and enterprise geodatabases, such as ArcSDE.

About ESRI

Founded in 1969, ESRI ( is the world leader in the GIS software industry. ESRI offers innovative solutions that help users create, manage, analyze, and display information to make timely decisions and solve problems they encounter every day. ESRI's comprehensive product line ranges from desktop GIS to GIS for the enterprise.

ESRI, ArcGIS, ArcView, ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcSDE, the ESRI globe logo, GIS by ESRI,, and are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

About Adapx

Adapx is changing the economics of field data management with its enterprise-ready digital pen and paper software platform for the GIS, Geospatial, CAD, and forms markets. Designed to help both field workers and business executives, Capturx allows organizations to capture actionable intelligence from any extreme environment and make real-time decisions in and outside the office. Leading enterprises and government agencies rely on Adapx to derive value from every field-based interaction to increase operational efficiencies and competitive advantage. The company is privately held and headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit

Adapx and Capturx, and their respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Adapx Corporation. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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