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ArcGIS By Example by Hussein Nasser

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An introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop

In this section, we will talk about ArcGIS for Desktop: What is it? How does it work? What different components does it consist of? What does it require to run? We will also explain about core ArcGIS concepts and will use the application out-of-the-box.

ArcGIS for Desktop was originally designed to allow users to author maps and spatial data. The ability for analysis was added to this product to make it one of the best GIS desktop solutions on the market. ArcGIS for Desktop consists of many components. Firstly, ArcMap is the map authoring and viewing tool, and this is the one we will be dealing with throughout this book. You can run tools on your map, edit, analyze, or export your map to different formats to ...

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