Friday, February 10, 2017

Get ArcGIS Explorer Desktop for free

ArcGIS stands for Geographic Information System. Using this you can work with maps and geographic information. You can use map data; analyze data in maps and you can share this data. You can also manage geographic information in a database.


You can get the ArcGIS Explorer for free from here:

This is supported on the following platforms not including Windows Servers:

Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])
Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])
Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Ultimate, Professional and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T])

You will need:
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

ArcGIS has lots of capabilities when it comes to geographical data. Here it are some summarized from the ArcGIS site:

  • It is a mapping and analytics platform
    Provides spatial analytics-
     Spatial analytics is the heart and soul of ArcGIS. You use it to find the best location for your business, plan for smarter communities, and prepare or respond faster in crucial situations.
    Mapping and Visualization
    Provides 3d GIS
    Real-time GIS
    Imagery and remote sensing
    Data Collection and Management
City of Seattle with ArcGIS can be seen in this video:

Download the following:

ArcGISExplorerDownload.exe (245549KB)

Run the executable file and the program finishes installing after three screens. Now you install accepting the license terms.

A 32bit ArcGIS Desktop Explorer will be added. When you try to launch it you may get a Kml File association message. Click to associate.

ArcGIS Desktop Explorer opens with My Default page as shown.

The ESRI site also has a tool to verify whether your computer has all the required items to run the ArcGIS Desktop Explorer. When run on my computer this is what the program discovered.

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