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Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop: For ArcGIS 10 [Paperback]

Tim Ormsby , Eileen J. Napoleon , Robert Burke , Carolyn Groessl , Laura S. Bowden
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15 Aug 2010 1589482603 978-1589482609 2nd

Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop introduces principles of GIS as it teaches the mechanics of using ESRI’s leading technology. Key concepts are combined with detailed illustrations and step-by-step exercises to acquaint readers with the building blocks of ArcGIS Desktop including ArcMap, for displaying and querying maps, ArcCatalog, for organizing geographic data, and ModelBuilder, for diagramming and processing solutions to complex spatial analysis problems. Its broad scope, simple style, and practical orientation make this book an ideal classroom text and an excellent resource for those learning GIS on their own. A data CD for working through the exercises and a fully functioning 180-day trial DVD ArcGIS Desktop 10 software is included.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: ESRI Press; 2nd edition (15 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589482603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589482609
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Ormsby works in product development at ESRI.

Eileen Napoleon is an educational specialist at ESRI.

Robert Burke is a senior instructor and technical writer at ESRI.

Carolyn Groessl was a technical writer for ESRI Press.

Laura Bowden currently works in GIS education at ESRI.

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I regret I havent figured it out in advance, before I procured the book, that the reason why this book is so cheap lies in theauthorization code be not working. The book can't be described as new because is not fully workable and without getting access to arcview maps one can't use it. If there's info that 6months free trial is available it should indeed be easy to get. But it isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good step by step guide 1 Jun 2013
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So far, working through about half of this, it has turned out to be a really useful step by step guide on how to Function ArcMap. It is more of an applied tutorials rather than a how can I do this guide. But has been a great refresher tool for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good learning material but three editions show little change 5 Dec 2010
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I reviewed this title several years ago and highlighted the excellent training material and structure it provides. My view on that remains. However, this book has literally 99% the same content and structure of the earlier editions, so if you are looking for new material you wil be disappointed. The software changes relating to the training examples are largely cosmetic, one or two modified dialogs and toolbars. Nothing of substance.

Also, there is no requirement to purchase this book to obtain the 180-day evaluation software (which is ArcGIS 10 Editor version). Indeed, it is no longer bundled with the book, you have to download the 3.9Gb file, but you also get the evaluation key, so this latest edition is unnecessary.

My advice is, save yourself a whole lot of money, buy an older version and obtain the software via download. There is so little change to the book you will not be disadvantaged. Amazon currently (Dec 2010) has used editions from $17.13.

ESRI Press could have provided an 'update' pdf of changes, but I doubt it would have got beyond a page!

IanO - UK
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5.0 out of 5 stars ArcGIS Tutorials Galore 1 Jun 2011
By PittsburghRic - Published on
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This book is 592 pages of ArcGIS tutorials. If you like tutorials, then this is the book for you. These tutorials will walk you through anything you would ever want to do with ArcGIS, in painful detail. I was new to ArcGIS before reading this book, it's a complex and powerful program. This book is meant to be read cover to cover, unlike most software manuals & books where you can just jump to what you need to learn. So,.. if you need to learn ArcGIS then this book is for you, but if you just need to learn specific tasks/ tools/ functions this is probably not the book that you want.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Screenshot problems 27 Oct 2011
By Timothy B Askin - Published on
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While the text of the book has been updated to reflect version 10, none of the screenshots used in the book have been updated. This can lead to substantial confusion.

Regardless, I buy a new copy every 6 months for the cheap software. I can keep this plan going for over 10 years and still come out ahead over buying a commercial one year license.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book but not so good support 30 Sep 2011
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This book is well written but is not so practical to use because installing the trial software is almost impossible and all the exercises are based on having the program installed. If you already have access to the software than this is a great investment otherwise I would make sure you have it before buying this book. Also, good luck getting the 180-day version that they advertise in the book, you'll be lucky to get the 60-day version (you don't need to buy book for that) that will only be available through their website. Keep in mind the book only directs you to their website for any information on downloading trial software.

Was finnally able to istall the trial software and worked well and expired on the last day of course so I'm unable to continue practicing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book' 28 Sep 2012
By Chuks Okereke - Published on
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This book met and exceeded my expectations. Takes you from a novice to guru the moment it takes you to complete the book. Book is very descriptive and colorful - very easy to read.
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