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ArcGIS for Desktop - leading desktop GIS software

ArcGIS for Desktop 10.x GIS software: introduction

ArcGIS for Desktop is full-featured GIS software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Using the ArcGIS software you can understand the geographic context of your data, allowing you to see relationships and identify patterns in new ways. ArcGIS software helps tens of thousands of organizations make better decisions and solve problems faster.


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With ArcGIS for Desktop software you can:

  • Leverage geographic data to make better decisions
  • View and analyze your spatial data in new ways
ArcView GIS software  

  • Build new geographic data sets quickly and easily
  • Create publication-quality maps
  • Manage all your file, database, and Internet data resources from a single application
  • Customize the user interface around the tasks that you need to accomplish

ArcGIS for Desktop is the most widely used desktop GIS software in the world because it provides an easy way for everyone to use geographic data. With a large array of symbols and cartographic capabilities, you can easily create high-quality maps. The ArcGIS software makes data management and editing a painless task that can be accomplished by anyone in your organization. Virtually any geographic data provider can make data available in ArcGIS software compatible format. Because data can be integrated from almost any source, projects can get started right away with data that is available locally or on the internet.


The ArcGIS for Desktop software simplifies complex analysis and data management tasks by allowing you to visually model the task in a logical work flow. ArcGIS software is easy to use by nontechnical users, and advanced users will be able to take advantage of the sophisticated software tools for advanced cartography, data integration, and spatial analysis. Developers can customize ArcGIS software using industry-standard programming languages.

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