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ArcGIS

Mapping & analytics system for visualizing data by location

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ArcGIS Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

ArcGIS product overview

What is ArcGIS?

ArcGIS from Esri is an integrated collection of geographic information system (GIS) software products for multiple platforms and promising standards-compliant handling of spatial analysis, data management, and location-based 3D data mapping. Providing the contextual tools for mapping and spatial reasoning, ArcGIS enables users to visualize and analyze organizational business practice data in terms of its environmental location, while collaborating with others by sharing insights via not only maps, but apps and reports also. ArcGIS Online is specifically the hosted, online SaaS version of the product, offering a complete, cloud-based mapping solution.

Key benefits of using ArcGIS

  • ArcGIS Online is the cloud-based SaaS version of ArcGIS, representing a collaborative online mapping and analysis solution that is accessible from anywhere at anytime, secured and compliant with FedRAMP, FISMA and TRUSTe accreditation.


  • Enterprise-ready tools include Single Sign-On (SSO) access, group-based people management, assignment of privileges and licenses, plus the monitoring of both internal activity metrics within an organization and those for maps / apps shared publicly.


  • Map creation is made as simple as dragging and dropping a spreadsheet, uploading local data files or connecting cloud stored content, before smart mapping generates suggestions for plotting data-driven visualizations while offering custom styling choices.


  • A collection of "basemaps" are available in vector format for high-resolution fidelity and flexible styling, consisting of satellite imagery, street maps, landscapes, oceans and more.


  • ArcGIS Apps offer an additional collection of integrated, location-based apps for field access, with ArcGIS Companion providing native remote access to an ArcGIS Online organization via iPhone and Android devices.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    FAQs/Forum
    Knowledge Base
    Phone Support
    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    24/7 (Live rep)

    Training options

    Videos
    In Person
    Documentation
    Live Online
    Webinars

    ArcGIS pricing information

    Value for money

    4.0

    /5

    413

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    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
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    ArcGIS features

    Functionality

    4.6

    /5

    413

    Total features

    144

    15 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Data Visualization
    Reporting/Analytics
    Data Import/Export
    Visual Analytics
    API
    Reporting & Statistics
    Dashboard
    Search/Filter

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    ArcGIS users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.6

    /5

    413

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
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    • Likelihood to recommend8.52/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    I got an outstanding applause from my audience during my project presentation on drainage simulation I did with Arcgis, and I got the first contract deal same day.
    I like the ability to format and being able to change the symbology. And generally feel that they make a very good looking maps compared to other, non-premium GIS software.
    ArcGIS is terrific because it is free and still very functional. It is well-supported and has ample user training available from actual users on YouTube.
    Cons
    It's very much difficult to install to our pc. If it's wrongly installed we have again updated the os and reinstall the software.
    I don't use this frequently, but when I do need to verify some data, it is not very intuitive and I often get lost in the amount of data shown.
    Also, downloading and licensing this software is the biggest pain.

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    Overall Rating

    History teacher heaven!

    Reviewed 10 months ago

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    Rachel P.: Hi, my name is Rachel. I am a middle school history teacher. I give ArcGIS a five star rating....

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Science of Where – Definitely it is in ArcGIS!!

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    ArcGIS is a geospatial software that facilitates viewing, editing, and analyzing geographic data. ArcGIS consists of several features such as ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Pro, ArcScene & ArcGlobe. This software is used by a wide range of users from multidisciplinary sectors.

    Pros

    ArcGIS is a powerful software that can use to analyze locational-based data. The Arc Toolbox has a variety of tools including spatial analyst, spatial statistics, geocoding, data management, conversion, cartography tools, etc. Those tool sets can be used for spatial analysis, mapping, field operations, data collection, and preparation. I’m using ArcGIS for raster and vector data visualization and analysis....

    Cons

    The license version of ArcGIS is very expensive and it needs a considerable amount of memory and storage space to function properly.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    ArcGIS Suite - Extremely Powerful

    Reviewed 3 years ago

    Our field crews and engineering staff couldn't function without it. Out utilities assets with all of their attributes are on our digital maps. On it we document structures attributes, condition over time, maintenance schedules, and even hyperlink photo and video inspections to each asset. Invaluable information no further away than a click of a button, no matter where in our world that you are!

    Pros

    Extremely powerful software with a tool for just about anything you could think of to do with geographic data. "Smart Maps". Objects given geographic location and attributes of any kind that you want running in the background.

    Cons

    ELA agreement is extremely reasonable but for a private individual it could be cost prohibitive. I believe they are working on a different license model for home users but would have to check on it.

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    • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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    I use ArcMap daily, but almost always as a part of my overall editing flow.

    Reviewed 5 years ago

    It makes the start of very pretty maps, sometimes. I almost always generate base layers here, and then export them into illustrator/photoshop to do actual final renders.

    Pros

    The styling guides are better than any other options out there - once you can learn to navigate the byzantine menus. I've used QGIS, Globalmapper, AutoCad, and Microstation, and maps just look better in ArcMap than in any others -it's made for creating display mapping. I know that there are other programmatic things you can do, but for my workflow, I use it almost exclusively for building maps for display.

    Cons

    The menus are silly that you have to go that far down a rabbit hole, processing is a nightmare (especially with messy geometry), and I used to (until I quit trying altogether) find myself trying a processing task in ArcMap, watching it fail, and then trying it again in GlobalMapper/QGIS and it would do fine. Processing is a very weak point in ArcMap, at least from my perspective.

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    • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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    The industry standard

    Reviewed 4 months ago
    Pros

    ArcGIS has an application anywhere within the GIS space. Thus knowledge of this software is transferable to any position so long as it requires GIS data to be handled. There are lots of forums, posts, and additional resources to help you along the way so you will not get lost.

    Cons

    When exporting or handling data ESRI prefers to keep things proprietary. This means being forced to use their organizational systems if you want to share and examine data in an efficient manner. This also means you are at the mercy of ESRI capabilities and trust in their ability to roll out feature updates in a timely matter.

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    • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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    The Function and Facilty Tools of Arcgis

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    These software has allowed me to undestand the concept of geostatistical analysist. And also these software has allowed me to achieve my degree in bachelor of mining engineering.Such help like layouting map, analysis out put contour and another geospatial analysis.

    Pros

    Tool geostatistical, geospatial analysis

    Cons

    There in few of module to learning tools

    ArcGIS FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ArcGIS offer?

    ArcGIS has the following pricing plans:
    Pricing model: Free, Subscription
    Free Trial: Available | (No Credit Card required)


    Q. Who are the typical users of ArcGIS?

    ArcGIS has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Q. What languages does ArcGIS support?

    ArcGIS supports the following languages:
    English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese


    Q. Does ArcGIS support mobile devices?

    ArcGIS supports the following devices:
    Android, iPad, iPhone


    Q. Does ArcGIS offer an API?

    Yes, ArcGIS has an API available for use.


    Q. What level of support does ArcGIS offer?

    ArcGIS offers the following support options:
    FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, Chat, 24/7 (Live rep)

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