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Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop [Paperback]

Tim Ormsby , Eileen Napoleon , Robert Burke , Carolyn Groess , Laura Feaster
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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30 Sep 2001
ArcView is the world's most widely used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Version 8 is the most significant upgrade to ArcView since its inception--it has been completely redesigned and engineered to be an easy-to-use, fast, modern, and powerful GIS, and requires a new guidebook for all users. Topics covered include organizing data, planning a GIS project, creating derived data, and presenting results.
Includes a 180-day fully functioning copy of the software on CD-ROM
For Windows 2000/NT only

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.,U.S.; Pap/Cdr edition (30 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879102897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879102897
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,541,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and getting to like ArcGIS! 3 July 2002
By A Customer
As a software instructor I was very impressed with the structure and clear content of this book. I recommend it to everyone who wants to taste GIS. Although, you must have some interest in spatial analysis and geographical issues. The exercises are very well chosen and explained, guiding you through the trial copy of the ArcGIS software, which is included in this textbook and enables you to achieve a very good basic knowledge. Good enough to make you want more!!
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars look elsewhere 9 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is little more help than what ESRI themselves will provide. The documentation that comes with ArcGIS is almost as good, and if you already have a licence, ESRI's support team is free and helpful. I really can't see who this book is for.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is intended for learning the GIS basics 19 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I may be a bit biased since I work for ESRI, but I am not a GIS person; I am a web developer. I currently am enrolled in school to acquire my GIS degree and find this book is very helpful for learning the BASICS of GIS. Of all the reviews I have seen here, it looks like everyone already knows about ArcGIS. This is not the book for you then. You need to find the more advanced publications with more in depth tutorials and examples of the software. I see a VBA developer looking for answers here; you wasted your money. Great book for GIS beginners ONLY!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me! 20 Feb 2004
By Chris Mclaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book as a compliment to the text for an intro to ArcHydro course I am taking at university and find it to be a very useful tool. The software runs on 2000 or NT, however, I called ESRI and they immediately sent me a 60 day full license for version 8.3 for XP. It's a great tool for the beginner starting out in geodatabse design and the exercises are easy to follow and gratifying when completed. If you're new to ArcView this is a good buy.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial! 21 Sep 2001
By Erika N. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
This textbook is a great, easy to understand and to follow tutorial. It is packed with step-by-step instructions and color pictures of the computer screen. The steps on the computer screen are even marked with arrows. I am taking my first GIS course and this book has been an excellent textbook and reference book. I highly recommend it.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok for demonstrating functionality, but not learning 3 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I used this book in two classes this fall. While the illustrations are nice, it was a little too simplistic. Not enough emphasis on concepts and applicability. Also, shows program as deceptively easy for success with all data on the CD's provided and compatible. Not exactly how things work in real-life. Basically, a walk-through, follow-the leader exercise book.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda weenie if you are already familiar with ESRI software 17 July 2002
By Tiffany Norman - Published on Amazon.com
A decent intro to ArcGIS, but contains a lot of fluff. If you have ArcGIS at work, the Getting Started With ArcGIS included with the documentation will just about cover what you want to know. It does not cover Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, or the Geostatistical Analayst, nor covers any of the VBA capabilites...
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