There are lots of ways to make a map. But if people use your maps to make decisions that save money, time, or even lives, then you need to put science to work for you. Use ArcGIS for Desktop to build maps with up-to-date data, combined with deep analysis, and share them where they’ll have the most impact.
Visualize and share information in new ways for insightful and informed decision making. Map and manage your data with ArcGIS for Desktop, then create apps and share with others via the rest of the ArcGIS platform. ArcGIS for Desktop includes ArcGIS Online, so you immediately have access to a world of relevant content and ready-to-use apps to get you started right away.
Create, edit, analyze and share information in powerful and efficient ways. Turn 2D data into 3D for powerful visualization. Easily import and edit data to get at the information you need. Perform analysis to solve your problems. The value-added information you create with ArcGIS for Desktop will transform how decisions are made and results are realized.
Build mapping solutions, manage assets, allocate resources, analyze business data, and measure results. ArcGIS for Desktop helps you become the added value that your organization needs to be successful.
You need answers derived from facts, not opinions. Test assumptions, find the facts, be results oriented, and achieve your objectives. Some complex spatial relationships are not obvious and need to be analyzed in multiple ways. The analytical tools in ArcGIS for Desktop are based on proven scientific methodologies and are available at your fingertips.
True organizational intelligence comes from looking at the big picture. ArcGIS for Desktop enables you to understand change, identify trends, make predictions, and rank results.
ArcGIS for Desktop includes two main applications for mapping, editing, and analysis.
ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World, comprised of authoritative maps and data on thousands of topics. Go beyond basemaps and imagery and explore maps about people and businesses, landscapes and the climate, transportation, and much more.
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With ArcGIS you can visualize large amounts of data and convey information in a way that's more powerful than just words. Sharing your information visually with a map makes it easier for others to grasp your ideas. Bring your data to life with ArcGIS and tell the stories you want to tell.
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Our world is flooded with data, from social media to satellite data. How do you make sense of it all? Spatial analytics allows you to identify and quantify the implications, consequences, and impact of your decisions.
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ArcGIS includes everything you need to control and manage people and content. From assigning custom roles and privileges to managing licenses and content to viewing your system's health status. The administration tools ensure that you can use ArcGIS with confidence, while giving your users what they need to get their job done.
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Save time with maps, apps, and platform configurations specific to your industry. Use templates to configure ArcGIS applications, deploy web apps, and implement best practices. ArcGIS Solutions are available for a range of industries such as local and state government, emergency management, utilities, telecommunications, military, and intelligence.
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Get the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on security and privacy. Trust.arcgis.com is your resource for critical security, privacy, and compliance information for ArcGIS Online. You will also find security updates and alerts, best practices, system availability, and status history.
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Add more capabilities to ArcGIS for Desktop with extensions. These specialized tools allow you to perform more sophisticated tasks such as raster geoprocessing and 3D analysis.
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Visit our documentation pages for a complete list of System Requirements.
Looking to Install ArcGIS on an Apple Computer?
If you have an Apple computer running Windows, you can install ArcGIS for Desktop using
VMWare, BootCamp, or Parallels. Learn more.
Please note that ArcGIS for Desktop is not certified or supported on the Mac operating system.
ArcGIS for Desktop now includes a new and exciting application called ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro is 64-bit software that is fast, efficient and offers a contextual interface for completing your GIS projects. If you need to view projects in 3D, you can do that right in the same place, without extra software. ArcGIS Pro is connected with your ArcGIS Online organization account (or Portal for ArcGIS) so you can access important content, and easily share your work for collaboration, review, and final delivery. It's a new way of getting work done and we think you'll be delighted.
Serious science for serious results. The new analysis and automation tools in ArcGIS for Desktop will allow you to import your scientific data in native formats and perform unique spatial and temporal analyses to find non-obvious relationships. Discover changes over space and time to visualize new patterns, make accurate predictions and turn the unknown into the known.
Visualization and design tools add serious value to your maps and ArcGIS for Desktop has more of these tools than ever. Add unique context to your maps with the new infographics tool to illustrate your story in a more complete way. Stylize and symbolize your information products with new options for creative and beautiful design.
Read, format, and create more types of data faster. ArcGIS for Desktop allows you to create mosaic datasets from scientific data and includes LAS 1.4 support for Lidar. You can also save time and effort by staying within ArcGIS for Desktop to convert your georeferenced PDFs into GeoTIFFs and viewing them in ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.
ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro) is available in three license levels: Basic, Standard, and Advanced. ArcGIS for Desktop includes an ArcGIS Online subscription at no additional cost.
The following table provides a high-level summary to help you determine the license level that is right for you.
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