ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop

ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Company ESRI
  • Version 10
  • Platforms
  • License Commercial
  • Category Scientific
3.3 / 5 (55 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Supports more than 70 different data formats
  • Provides a comprehensive set of spatial analysis tools
  • Integrates with mobile platforms for remote accessibility

2. Software Overview

ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop is a mapping application for the Windows platform. It allows you to create, share, and manage geographic maps, data, and analytical models.

ArcGIS for Desktop consists of several integrated applications, including ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, and ArcMap. In these applications, ArcGIS for Desktop gives you a multitude of spatial analysis tools to generate spatial analyses, such as the number of homes within a specified distance of a flood plain. The application also offers location analytics that allows you to analyze data based on physical location. This is especially helpful for businesses wanting to know customer data, such as where the customer lives. ArcGIS for Desktop is also a flexible application, as it supports more than 70 data formats that can be integrated together for analysis and visualization.

Another feature of ArcGIS for Desktop is that it is a highly extensible application. There are numerous extensions that can be downloaded to extend the analysis and productivity capabilities of ArcGIS for Desktop, such as 3D analysis of your data or a workflow manager to help you manage GIS tasks and resources. The software also enables convenient data sharing with the use of ArcGIS Online. You can search for data, share information with others, and import base maps from one location. ArcGIS for Desktop also provides integration with mobile platforms, which makes maps and data accessible anywhere. For example, a team of firefighters could access floor building plans on site before they go in to the building.

ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop is a powerful GIS application. It supports many different data formats, provides a wide array of tools, and is great for collaboration. If you are a GIS professional, you should give ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop a try.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.MXD - ArcGIS Map Document
Other file extensions used by ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop:
# File Extension Name
1 .3DD ArcGlobe Document
2 .ADC Scanstudio 16 Color Image
3 .ADF ESRI ArcInfo Binary Grid Format
4 .AML Arc Macro Language File
5 .APL ArcPad Layer File
6 .APR ArcView Project File
7 .ATX ArcGIS Attribute Index File
8 .AUX Auxiliary File
9 .AVL ArcView Legend File
10 .AVX ArcView Extension File
12 .BPW Bitmap World File
13 .CPG ESRI Code Page File
14 .DEM Digital Elevation Model
15 .DGN MicroStation Design File
16 .DLG Digital Line Graph
17 .DT0 DTED Level 0 File
18 .DT1 DTED Level 1 File
19 .DT2 DTED Level 2 File
20 .E00 ArcInfo Coverage Export File
21 .ECFG ArcGIS Component Configuration File
22 .ECW Enhanced Compression Wavelet Image
23 .EMBR Spatial Geodatabase File
24 .ERS ER Mapper Data File
25 .FLS ArcView GIS Windows Help Supporting File
26 .FLT OpenFlight Scene Description File
27 .GDBTABLE Geodatabase Table File
28 .GEN ArcView ARC/INFO UnGenerate file
29 .GFW GIF World File
30 .GMF Geology Multi-File
31 .HDR ESRI BIL Header File
32 .HGT SRTM Elevation Data File
33 .IDX Index File
34 .IMD GIS Image Metadata File
36 .JPGW JPEG World File
37 .JPR Fugawi Projection File
38 .JPW World File for JPEG
39 .KML Keyhole Markup Language File
40 .KMZ Google Earth Placemark File
42 .LAS LIDAR Data Exchange File
43 .LPK ArcGIS Layer Package
44 .LYR ArcView Layer File
45 .MPK ArcGIS Map Package
46 .MSD Map Service Definition File
47 .MXD ArcGIS Map Document
48 .MXT ArcGIS Map Template
49 .NMF ArcGIS Explorer Map File
50 .PIX PCI Geomatics Database File
51 .PMF ESRI Published Map File
52 .PRJ Project File
53 .RDC IDRISI Raster Documentation File
54 .RDF ArcGIS Report Document File
55 .RLF ArcGIS Report Layout File
56 .RRD Reduced Resolution Dataset File
57 .RST IDRISI Raster Image
58 .SBN ESRI Spatial Binary File
59 .SBX ESRI Spatial Index File
60 .SDW MrSID World File
61 .SHP ESRI Shapefile
62 .SHX Shapefile Index File
63 .SID MrSID Image
64 .SML ARC/INFO Simple Macro Language File
65 .SSF Trimble Standard Storage Format File
66 .STYLE ArcGIS Style Manager File
67 .SXD ArcScene Document
68 .TAB MapInfo TAB File
69 .TBX ArcGIS for Desktop Toolbox File
70 .TFW World File for TIFF
71 .TIF GeoTIFF Image
72 .TIMESTAMP Geodatabase Timestamp File
73 .VCT IDRISI Vector Image
74 .VDC IDRISI Vector Documentation File
75 .WLD ESRI World File

Updated: November 29, 2017

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