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Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop [Paperback]

Tim Ormsby , Eileen J. Napoleon , Robert Burke , Carolyn Groessl
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August 1, 2010 1589482603 978-1589482609 Second Edition, for ArcGIS 10

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 ArcGIS® Desktop 10 software is included.


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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.


Product Details

  • Series: Getting to Know
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Esri Press; Second Edition, for ArcGIS 10 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589482603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589482609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By IanO
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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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14 of 14 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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3 of 3 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book' September 28, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Dummies April 29, 2012
By Willie
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This is a great book to learn ArcGis from. It is very detailed and works through ArcGis detail by detail. If you don't know anything about GIS programs this will work for you, but be prepared to put in a great deal of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very technical, easy to follow. February 10, 2012
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This has been a great book to use while learning ArcMaps 10. Every step is spelled out and easy to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book October 10, 2011
By cshivar
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This book was great for filling in some "holes" I had in my ArcGIS background and also showed some small shortcuts to things I already knew. It was very basic level operations but provided a good basis to move into more advanced features of ArcGIS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery
A very good book that is in like new condition. Also the disk was also included! Thanks you very much.
Published 12 days ago by Todd Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars cheapest way to get Arc10
I needed Arc for a quick contract job, and didn't feel like paying thousands of dollar. This includes a limited use of ARC 10, the full version for 18months (I think) The book is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drew Varvil
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Value for the money
Easy to follow directions with exercises that build upon each other. Its great that the exercises build upon each other because you repeat doing things so you become comfortable... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roxanne Plummer
5.0 out of 5 stars I actually really like this book
Despite it being a requirement for several of my classes in school, I think this is a really helpful book to learn the basics of ArcGIS. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Kester
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommded for those wanting to learn GIS
You'll get the basics in no time. The software license is valid for 180 days so you'll have plenty of time to practice.
Published 4 months ago by Cristino Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Geography Student
I Love this book! it is a great guide and is much cheaper to purchase it online than at the local student store. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference
This a great GIS reference book. I still use this book when referencing spatial analysis tools or methods and need a little more subject matter depth or background.
Published 7 months ago by C. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me.
...I thought that this was really well done as a software guide. The assignments were useful, the step by step instructions were good, and they were liberal with the screenshots,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karen Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Intro Gide Book- I liked it.
Excellent guide book. will show you the basics step by step. the revised version still has the screen shots of the old version which is at times confusing, but the text is updated. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adriana Sanchez Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars GIS
Good book for GIS beginners. Would recommend it. Concepts are clear with the map picturization. Got it in the perfect timing
Published 9 months ago by Tharani Devi Krishnakumar
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