ArcGIS Features

ArcGIS

Mapping & analytics system for visualizing data by location

4.56/5 (358 reviews)

ArcGIS Feature Summary

  • 3D imagery
  • Map creation
  • Spatial analysis
  • Map sharing
  • Census data integration
  • Activity management
  • Activity tracking
  • Application sharing
  • Automatic notifications
  • Customizable templates
  • Data connectors
  • Data import
  • Data mapping
  • Graphical user interface
  • Mobile integration
  • Multiple data sources
  • Offline access
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Secure data storage
  • Single sign on
  • Activity dashboard
  • Visual analytics
  • Authentication
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Image editing
  • Role-based permissions
  • User activity monitoring
  • Dashboard creation
  • Geographic maps
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Monitoring
  • Task management
  • Engagement analytics
  • User management

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Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Application Sharing
Authentication
Automatic Notifications
Barcode Support
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Connectors
Data Import
Data Mapping
Drag & Drop Interface
Engagement Analytics
FISMA Compliance
Geographic Maps
Image Editing
Inventory Tracking
Maintenance Scheduling
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Offline Access
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Remote Access
Role-Based Permissions
Secure Data Storage
Single Sign On
Task Management
User Management
Visual Analytics
Work Order Management
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Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Application Sharing
Authentication
Automatic Notifications
Barcode Support
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Connectors
Data Import
Data Mapping
Drag & Drop Interface
Engagement Analytics
FISMA Compliance
Geographic Maps
Image Editing
Inventory Tracking
Maintenance Scheduling
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Offline Access
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Remote Access
Role-Based Permissions
Secure Data Storage
Single Sign On
Task Management
User Management
Visual Analytics
Work Order Management
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Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Application Sharing
Authentication
Automatic Notifications
Barcode Support
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Connectors
Data Import
Data Mapping
Drag & Drop Interface
Engagement Analytics
FISMA Compliance
Geographic Maps
Image Editing
Inventory Tracking
Maintenance Scheduling
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Offline Access
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Remote Access
Role-Based Permissions
Secure Data Storage
Single Sign On
Task Management
User Management
Visual Analytics
Work Order Management
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Mobile apps

iOS App


68 reviews

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


1,697 reviews

ArcGIS Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about ArcGIS's features:

Wechuli Paul

Powerful tool for Spatial Data

2020-03-14

Fully featured powerful software for building applications that rely on spatial data but the price has generally kept me off from looking seriously into it.

Pros

. - Advanced reporting and statistical analysis tools - Can comfortable handle big data

Cons

Even for small and medium business, the price tag on the solution can be daunting - The documentation could be structured better to enable users to get quickly up and running with the software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Phil Miller

Quality GIS software

2018-11-11

Map production and geospatial data caputure and analytics all in one place.

Pros

Effective and effiecient software for when you just need the software to work. Many tools right out of the box.

Cons

User interface has never been the best; really disappointed that ArcPro went to the ribbon interface.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Alana Gavrilis

Only option for complete mapping functionality

2018-08-19

Pros

Encompasses all aspects of map creation and data visualization.

Cons

Restricted use because ESRI controls aspects needed to create maps and data visualizations -- unavailable to other programs, integration difficult.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Government Administration company, 501-1000 employees)

We are able to build maps with useful information for city departments

2018-03-19

Pros

We can then provide online map applications to display these layers over multiple devices.

Cons

From someone who deals more with business analytics, the workflow of creating an online map application from selected layers can be a bit of a learning curve.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Craig Vest

Much better on desktop

2020-06-19

We have been able to analyze population distribution in order to make important advertising decisions

Pros

It innovatively presents important geographic data and maps that can be used for analysis. It has really changed business by making large data more accessible

Cons

The mobile site still has a ways to go.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Arif Masrur

Usability and Utility of ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online software

2018-11-21

Overall experience is very good. It helps me to teach students "how to make maps" both offline and online.

Pros

I like spatial data processing and spatial analytical tools offered by ArcGIS desktop.

Cons

With big datasets, specially rasters, it takes a lot of time (often days) to finish an analysis. For example, if I want to resample raster data of the United States, it takes more than a day to run on my desktop.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Christopher Skelton

A very effective tool for displaying geographical information

2018-03-09

Visualisation of data that assists in making business decisions Bringing geographic data to life with mapping, rather than using other applications to represent this data

Pros

- The ability to map our data and to make intelligent decisions around service provision - Being able to pin point hotspots of activity and see clusters and trends - Having access to a range of basemaps as part of the software - Being able to visualise data at a range of geographies - Helpdesk support is very good and ESRI are good at keeping in touch with their clients

Cons

- It can be quite difficult to use - We seem to be having an issue that is as yet unresolved when exporting to PDF that results in some formatting issues - The charts are not as useful or as visually appealing as in other applications

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Philanthropy company, 11-50 employees)

ArcGIS is a powerful tool for data mapping

2018-03-23

Maps can be great snapshots in time, and they still have value years after their creation.

Pros

ArcGIS offers robust tools for taking data out of spreadsheets and turning it into dynamic visuals. ESRI provides great online resources for accessing and downloading other data sets to make mapping easy.

Cons

ArcGIS is very robust and thus requires a large learning curve to utilize all its functions. Basic tasks can be complex unless you have had some training.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(E-Learning company, 51-200 employees)

Teach Yourself GIS

2018-11-25

ArcGIS was the standard for our undergraduate courses in cartography and spatial analysis. Often times our professor would skip lecture in lieu of an ArcGIS tutorial given it's practical applications and ease of use.

Pros

The simple interface made it easy to import a variety of raw data sets and get going right away.

Cons

In order to be so easy to use, the software has some functional limitations.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Sally Benjamin

ARC GIS

2020-02-15

Pros

It provides powerful integration of data with geographical locators. The visual display of data and the the integration of layers of data across a landscape or geographical area can provide insights into relationships between and among data sets.

Cons

ARC GIS relies on data collected from various sources and researchers, often without complete treatment of the metadata, specifically it is problematic that data sources may or may not fully document the strengths, weaknesses and appropriate application of the data.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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David Wang

ArcGIS Review

2020-08-17

It is overall a good application that is useful for analyzing spatial data with a UI that is not too confusing,

Pros

This software application is extremely useful for a wide variety of scenarios, from basic geographical analysis to civil engineering applications to other spatial data analysis.

Cons

This application is quite heavy and takes a lot of computing power at times, some tools/features require a long time to load which can make working efficiently difficult at times.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Muhammad Arifur Rahman

The Masterpiece of GIS Software

2019-04-10

We've been using it for hydrocarbon potential analysis, creating landuse maps, drainage maps, geohazard maps etc.

Pros

It also has customizability - it supports creating and importing new tools according to the user's needs.

Cons

The user interface is not intuitive, so new users find it difficult to work with ease.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Saurav Chakraborty

Excellent for making maps and spatial analysis

2020-03-04

I have used it quite a lot and found it to be quite useful for geographical data which is what I mostly work with.

Pros

The visualization or the representation of the analyzed data is excellent

Cons

It does have a learning curve but that would be true for most of the other tools/software available.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ben Berkman

Powerful Mapping Tool

2020-01-03

I am using ArcGIS to map data, then run regressions on this data.

Pros

The software has a number of statistical tools built in to allow for data analysis and mapping.

Cons

Some other tools can process data more efficiently.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Emily Weiler

You get what you pay for

2020-04-07

Overall, ArcGIS is a good software, albeit a finicky one.

Pros

Being able to import data from different sources and being able to manipulate the data into tables.

Cons

ArcGIS has a habit of spontaneously not working whenever it feels like it, frequently crashes with unsaved data.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Ivana Sirovica

Great map-making tool

2020-07-26

Good overall, but like I said, it's a steep learning curve and hard to pick up on certain tools and processes that could make using the software much more enjoyable.

Pros

It can take complicated data sets and turn them into nice and easy-to-understand maps for various reports.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve and I would have had trouble learning all the very useful but complicated tools and techniques if it wasn't for my mentor and colleague who could walk me through it and easily answer my questions.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Government Administration company, 1001-5000 employees)

Great software to manage curb ramps data

2018-10-19

I used ArcGIS to collect, manage and analyze data about curb ramps in my state.

Pros

When it come managing the data in ArcGIS, there's many features such Edit and Analysis that helps me to QC data.

Cons

Sometimes can run slow from time to time, and it can crush if the volume of the data is too big and also if the computer process/memory can't handle it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Dasun Vithanage

ArcGIS as a mapping tool.

2019-04-03

ArcGIS feels swift, smooth and reliable when generating maps of all kinds.

Pros

Also remote sensing, real-time visualization are other key functions that can be done using ArcGIS.

Cons

Usually, ArcGIS online search from PRO is limiting the amount of information online.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Nakari Herrera

It is a very complete GIS it has numerous tools for spatial analysis and a very friendly interface.

2018-05-12

Pros

It allows to share and use smart maps, compile geographic information, create and manage geographic databases, help in making decisions with spatial analysis, create map-based applications and share information through the web map services.

Cons

the connections to the databases are tedious, changing the projection in a data frame to a projection and datum that is different from the source data can add a margin of error to the data and alignment tolerance.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Government Administration company, 5001-10000 employees)

Powerful Feographical Mapping and Integration tool

2019-03-29

We created a lot of Spatial files in different formats for analysing the count data (Demographic data) for economic analysis, Housing, Unemployment benefits and many more.

Pros

The biggest asset of this software is that we can create the custom territory maps with different layers of the data for perfect analysis. We can create multiple layers of the maps using different geographical coordinates and has the ability to save the images in different formations (.shp files, Topjson, SVG..).

Cons

The license of the software is very expensive. The interface of the software is very difficult for users who are using for the first time.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Ian Redding

ArcGIS make a map

2019-12-11

It’s fun if you’re into visualization of spatial data, and I totally am.

Pros

It can make a map if you give it data. It can also run geoprocesses on that data so you can analyze that data.

Cons

I had to go to multiple colleges to get a certificate that says I know how to make a map and analyze data.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Melissa Quaresma Gama

Great for georeferenced works

2019-04-14

I used for both academic and professional purposes

Pros

All the data creation, data transformation and data loading to different formats

Cons

For a better use, knowing Python is a plus.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rafael Mejias

The best GIS for enviromental analysis

2018-02-20

Analyze enviromental data in multiple scales and mak studies with precision and detail.

Pros

ArcGIS has a lot of tools to do enviromental analysis that increase the precision and details of this can of studies, you can analyze satellite images, manage spatyal data in shapefiles about vegetation, fire, crops, desertefication processes and so on.

Cons

The price is the greatest limitation of ArcGIS, because the license is so expensive and every modul is sell separately, that is a big limitation for people who wants to use another moduls and only can use the basic one because of the price.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Eduardo Guillén

Simply the best of its kind!

2018-06-12

An indispensable tool to work every day in my business, helping to manage all my spatial information quickly and easily for all my employees..

Pros

It provides an extensive possibility of resources for the spatial analysis of data.

Cons

Therefore, although it has a good geoprocessing framework, solid and broad, its license level determines which tools can be used in this tool

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Civil Engineering company, 51-200 employees)

Best GIS Analysis Software

2018-08-22

Pros

The analysis tools in ArcGIS are unmatched!

Cons

The high cost of the software and the limitation in terms of data formats

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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