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Tim Ormsby , Eileen Napoleon , Robert Burke , Carolyn Groessl , Laura Bowden , Eileen J. Napoleon
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December 1, 2008 1589482107 978-1589482104 2nd Edition (Update)
Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, Second Edition Updated for ArcGIS 9.3 contains introductory concepts followed by scripted software exercises that reinforce an understanding of the conceptual material presented. This format encourages readers to acquire functional GIS skills in a variety of areas. Offering the most comprehensive overview of ArcGIS 9.3 available on the market today, Getting to Know ArcGIS is valuable as both a classroom text and as a manual for individuals learning ArcGIS.

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About the Author

Tim Ormsby, Eileen Napoleon, Robert Burke, Carolyn Groessl, and Laura Feaster are all technical writers at ESRI Press and authors of "Getting to Know ArcView GIS" and "Extending ArcView GIS," They live in Redlands, California.


Burke is an ESRI instructors.


Carolyn Groessl was a technical writer for ESRI Press.


Laura Bowden is co-author of Community Geography: GIS in Action.


After receiving her master's degree in geography, Eileen J. Napoleon went to work as a geographer, first for the U.S. Forest Service, and later for ESRI, where she has worked in GIS education for the last 15 years.

Product Details

  • Series: Getting to Know (ESRI Press)
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: ESRI Press; 2nd Edition (Update) edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589482107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589482104
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By IanO
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ArcGIS Tutorials Galore June 1, 2011
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incorrect title September 9, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is not an audio book as titled on your website, rather, it is a book with two DVDs of data and software.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Screenshot problems October 26, 2011
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Getting Know ArcGIS Desktop April 7, 2009
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The software that came with the course materials does not match the written text and examples contained in the text of the book. I am having to try to get information from ESRI to correct the flaws. The exercises beginning in chapter 9 do not work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent help March 7, 2009
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This is an excellent, very helpful intro to the basics of using ArcGIS (specifically ArcMap in my case). The ESRI documentation that comes with the software was not helpful at all. I was (painfully) learning mostly by clicking on various menus until this book arrived. By referencing the book and its many examples, I've been able to develop my material in a matter of a few hours after spending days making little progress. Expensive but worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book but not so good support September 30, 2011
By BOSarch
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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 The place to start September 27, 2010
By sherri
Format:Paperback
The only knowledge of GIS I had before this book was the understanding of what it was and how it was used. This book is excellent for the beginner. Not only is it an excellent way to get a trial version of the software but it takes you step by step through making maps. I had no problems with the data or the software. Once I finished the book I was able to go on to more challenging books and take several of the ESRI longer courses. This book is the place to start for anyone interested in learning GIS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent start up book to get into or go back to school!
I bought this for a classroom textbook material and absolutely loved it. My knowledge of ArcView GIS was quite several years out of date.
Published 1 month ago by Neptune
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Fair price and quick shipment!
Published 2 months ago by James Lupo
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Came with a missing cd in the back.
Published 3 months ago by Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars The CD that came with this book did not match ...
The CD that came with this book did not match the code on the book. After a few days with tech support I finally go the issue solved.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic ArcGIS book.
This got my through using ArcGIS fairly well on my intro GIS class, but honestly I googled topics when working on assignments because it was faster than trying to find what I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alee S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning guide
I used this years ago to learn version 9. Bought this to refresh after being away from it for a few years. Excellent product/learning guide for the money.
Published 4 months ago by Mike Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovin it
Published 6 months ago by wp325i
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
I worked through this book for a graduate level GIS class. Easy to follow, well organized guide for learning GIS.
Published 6 months ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What I needed.
Published 7 months ago by STEPHEN FORD
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Great book, easy to follow!
Published 7 months ago by E. Jones
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Tim Ormsby, is a technical writer and coauthor, with Eileen Napoleon, Rob Burke, and Carolyn Groessl, of Getting to Know ArcView GIS and Extending ArcView GIS. He lives in Redlands, California.

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