ArcGIS Desktop

Overview


ArcGIS Desktop Applications

IMPORTANT NOTE: ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the current release of ArcMap and will continue to be supported until March 01, 2026. ESRI does not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9 with the ArcGIS releases in 2021. This means the 10.8.x series will be the final release series of ArcMap and will be supported until March 01, 2026. The product lifecycle still has a 4 year horizon – to 2026.

ArcGIS Desktop is a collection of ESRI software products to create, analyze, manage, and share spatial data as well to create maps, perform spatial analysis, and manage data. An ArcGIS Desktop license includes the following five desktop GIS applications:

ArcCatalog

Used to organize and manage various types of geographic information as logical collections—for example, the data, maps, and results of your current GIS project that you work with in ArcGIS.

ArcMap

ArcMap is the primary application used in ArcGIS to perform a wide range of common GIS tasks as well as specialized, user-specific tasks. It is also where you display and explore GIS datasets for your study area, where you assign symbols, and where you create map layouts for printing or publication. ArcMap is also the application you use to create and edit datasets.

ArcScene

ArcScene is a 3D visualization application that allows you to view your GIS data in three dimensions. Features are placed in 3D by providing height information from feature geometry, feature attributes, layer properties, or a defined 3D surface, and every layer in the 3D view can be handled differently.

ArcGlobe

ArcGlobe is a 3D visualization application that allows you to view large amounts of GIS data on a globe surface. You can view data covering a global extent and seamlessly zoom in to highly detailed, localized data.

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is newest addition to the ArcGIS Desktop product. Read More>>

ArcGIS Pro can also be licensed separately  from ArcGIS Desktop as part of a GIS Professional subscription (which includes ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online).

ESRI offers perpetual and term licensing. Read more on license options >>

Types of ArcGIS Desktop licenses

There are three types of ArcGIS Desktop licenses:

  • Named User (available for ArcGIS Pro only)

  • Single Use

  • Concurrent Use

ArcGIS Desktop license levels

An ArcGIS Desktop license can be purchased at one of three different levels of functionality:

  • Basic

  • Standard

  • Advanced

Process


Depending on the type and level of license you have, ArcGIS Desktop allows you to perform number of GIS tasks.

ArcToolbox

ArcToolbox is a collection of geoprocessing tools for analyzing, editing, and converting data. The tools can be used directly from a dialog, executed via command line, combined with other processes in visual models using Model Builder, or used in advanced scripts.

Outputs/Resources


ESRI Resources

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