ArcGIS Desktop allows analyzing geospatial data and author geographic knowledge. It is available in three license levels –ArcInfo, ArcEditor and ArcView- that share the same core applications, user interface and development environment. ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe are ArcGIS Desktop application programs. ArcMap and ArcCatalog are the core applications delivered with all licensing levels of ArcGIS Desktop; ArcScene and ArcGlobe are part of the ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension.
To add more capabilities, extension products can be added to ArcGIS Desktop: ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Schematics, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, etc.
Map Creation and Interactive Visualization
Multiuser Editing and Advanced Data Management
Advance Analysis, High-End Cartography, Database Management
Visually model and spatially analyze a process or workflow
Complete GIS data editing capabilities
Advance GIS data analysis and modeling
Create interactive maps from file, database and online sources
Edit multiuser enterprise geodatabase
Atlas like, publication-quality maps
Create street-level maps, with GPS locations
Use disconnect editing in the field
Advanced data translation and creation
View CAD data or satellite images
Store historical snapshots of data
Advanced feature manipulation and processing
Generate reports and charts
Automate quality control
Data conversion for CAD, raster, dBASE, and coverage formats
Create spatial data from scanned maps
Use raster-to-vector conversion
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop
This is a free GIS viewer to visualize and share GIS information.
- Access ready-to-use ArcGIS Online base maps and layers.
- Fuse local data with map services to create custom maps.
- Add photos, reports, videos, and other information to the maps.
- Perform spatial analysis (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search).
Mapping application to view, explore, and print maps and globes. Functionalities:
- View, navigate, and print published ArcGIS maps using ArcReader (.pmf files).
- Zoom, pan, and switch between map and page layout views.
- Communicate more efficiently with the ability to graphically markup maps.
- Print published map and globe documents including all layer symbology and cartographic map elements on any supported printer.
- Create custom ArcReader applications and embed ArcReader capabilities into existing applications.