ArcGIS

ArcGIS

Mapping & analytics system for visualizing data by location

4.6/5 (325 reviews)

ArcGIS 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.

ArcGIS Online promises a scalable, secure and compliant GIS that allows users to collaboratively use, create and share maps, while working with scenes, layers, analytics, data and also apps. In addition, access is granted to content within ArcGIS' Living Atlas of the World and its collection of geographic information sourced from around the globe including maps, apps and data layers relevant to a variety of working applications. Aside from the product's cloud infrastructure, ArcGIS is then supported by a suite of extra apps and a number compatible with iOS and Android devices. This includes the ArcGIS Companion app for field-based access to the viewing of organizational content, plus additional tools and features for data collection.

ArcGIS Overview

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

ArcGIS Online pricing (<100 users) is based on purchasing the exact number of users required, with more able to be added at any time. See the ArcGIS website for pricing calculator.

Large organization pricing (100+ users): Contact ArcGIS for a quote.


ArcGIS Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

ArcGIS screenshot: ArcGIS Online can be configured to match an organization’s needs and structure, creating user groups that reflect corporate teams or departments
ArcGIS screenshot: ArcGIS Online can be configured to match an organization’s needs and structure, creating user groups that reflect corporate teams or departments ArcGIS screenshot: System dashboards support activity monitoring with the ability to view activity-based metrics across users, maps, and apps etc ArcGIS screenshot: The SaaS-based ArcGIS Online allows created and shared 3D map visualizations to be scaled so that hundreds, thousands or millions of people can interact with them simultaneously ArcGIS screenshot: Promising enterprise-ready support, organizational tools include group-based people management options, activity monitoring, dashboard metrics and more ArcGIS screenshot: ArcGIS Online provides a number of security and privacy certifications such a s compliance accreditation for FedRAMP, FISMA, Privacy Shield and TRUSTe ArcGIS screenshot: ArcGIS is an integrated suite of GIS software products that promises a standards-based platform for conducting spatial analysis, data management and mapping ArcGIS screenshot: ArcGIS Online from Esri is a SaaS-based mapping and analysis solution, securely hosted for 24/7 web-based access ArcGIS screenshot: Explorer for ArcGIS is a companion mobile app for iOS and Android devices, providing remote online / offline access to searchable maps ArcGIS screenshot: Collector for ArcGIS is a companion mobile app for iOS and Android that supports the remote collection and update of data using the map or GPS ArcGIS screenshot: Navigator for ArcGIS is a companion mobile app for iOS and Android, providing map-based navigation for field-based workers

ArcGIS Reviews

ArcGIS Reviews

Overall rating
4.6
/
5
Excellent
206

Very good
104

Average
10

Poor
2

Terrible
3

Value for Money
3.9
Features
4.6
Ease of Use
3.8
Customer Support
4.1
95% recommended this app
Francis carolina L.

The most complete and efficient tool for making maps, vector layers or raster

ArcGIS is a system with which people can work with on-line maps and related geographic information. With ArcGIS you can create many different types of maps. The most interesting of all are the interactive intelligent maps that show, integrate and synthesize complete layers of geographic and descriptive information of diverse origins. These ArcGIS maps provide an interactive window through which you can view, explore and analyze this information.


Russel T.

Expensive, But Extremely Useful

I am able to export database information from my other oil and gas lease tracking software, manipulate that data, and create informative maps so that the decision-makers have an easier job. It really does make life easier for everyone.


Jacob C.

Online Map User

ArcGIS is really the only product that competes well in the outdoor map market for large amounts of data. There are some improvements we would like to see, but for a company that large, this might be unreasonable. You kind of get what you get, since they are the only show in town.


Nathan B.

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

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.


Tharindu D.

The Best Premium GIS Platform for All Your GIS Needs

The ArcGIS the best mapping software available considering all available options, level of presentation and clarity of content. It is much easier to get used to compared to most open source software. Once you have gotten used to handle your files between Arc Catalog - Arc Toolbox - Arc Map components, you will notice how easy it is to organize all. The other reason that almost all the academic bodies are recommending this software is the extreme reliability and good customer support. Even with a large number of open software packages available, ArcGIS still leads the pack with some considerable advantages to its users.


Francis carolina L.

The most complete and efficient tool for making maps, vector layers or raster

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 07/06/2018
Review Source: Capterra

ArcGIS is a system with which people can work with on-line maps and related geographic information. With ArcGIS you can create many different types of maps. The most interesting of all are the interactive intelligent maps that show, integrate and synthesize complete layers of geographic and descriptive information of diverse origins. These ArcGIS maps provide an interactive window through which you can view, explore and analyze this information.

Pros

What I like most about this software is the ease with which you can create maps or design final maps better known as layout. Unlike other similar software, Arcgis simplifies the process, in addition to providing aestheticity and harmony in the scale of colors and labeling of toponyms. In addition, the work with ArcGIS encourages the use of geographic databases (geodatabases) in the management of our data. With the way to create projects in arcgis, not only allows us to store the styles and properties applied to the layer in the project, but creates a geodatabase associated with it in which we can physically include the layers that we use as Feature Class. Although we can also add a previous geodatabase to the project, as it used to be done a long time ago.

Cons

Arcgis licenses are expensive. It was not always possible to count on the availability of ESRI products for acrgis. In addition, it is not very versatile in the consumption of data, that is, a different protocol must be applied to open each file according to its type. Likewise, with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services connection, it is necessary to download and install the Data Interoperability extension, unlike other softwares that this process refers to one clicks.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Russel T.
Industry: Oil & Energy
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Expensive, But Extremely Useful

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 25/02/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I am able to export database information from my other oil and gas lease tracking software, manipulate that data, and create informative maps so that the decision-makers have an easier job. It really does make life easier for everyone.

Pros

Easy and fairly quick to make a map. It's also great at fine-tuning details in your maps. I've never found it necessary to use a third-party software to make a map that looks professional. Of course, GIS is not only about making maps. It's also about manipulating the data behind the maps. ArcGIS is very good, and gives you most of the tools that you need to get the job done.

Cons

The software is expensive, maybe prohibitively expensive for a small company. When the company decides to overhaul the software, it almost seems to ignore current users by completely redoing everything, including current workflows. ESRI is currently trying to get users to migrate to ArcGIS Pro, which is very different from the current full-featured software, ArcMap.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Jacob C.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Online Map User

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 03/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

ArcGIS is really the only product that competes well in the outdoor map market for large amounts of data. There are some improvements we would like to see, but for a company that large, this might be unreasonable. You kind of get what you get, since they are the only show in town.

Pros

ESRI is the big dog when it comes to digital maps. We use these a lot to map our facilities and specifically our underground utilities. This is the best product on the market. The only competitor might be AutoDesk, but even that doesn't compete. It is a very functional product and can contain all the information we need.

Cons

Sometimes when you load some of the basemap images that software can really slow down. Also the zoom function for the online database interaction can be a little glitchy at times. A lot of these can be fixed by changing some of the detail settings, but that can take some digging to find. The company is so big, that if you have a question; you are not likely to get ahold of anyone. You are better off to look up videos on youtube or try posting questions on forums.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Nathan B.
Industry: Civil Engineering
Company size: 51-200 Employees

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

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/02/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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 recommend: 2.0/10

Tharindu D.
Industry: Civil Engineering
Company size: 201-500 Employees

The Best Premium GIS Platform for All Your GIS Needs

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 13/01/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The ArcGIS the best mapping software available considering all available options, level of presentation and clarity of content. It is much easier to get used to compared to most open source software. Once you have gotten used to handle your files between Arc Catalog - Arc Toolbox - Arc Map components, you will notice how easy it is to organize all. The other reason that almost all the academic bodies are recommending this software is the extreme reliability and good customer support. Even with a large number of open software packages available, ArcGIS still leads the pack with some considerable advantages to its users.

Pros

ArcGIS is the Industry Standard among all available GIS Platforms out there. The ArcMap-ArcToolBox-ArcCatalog combination offers solutions for all your GIS needs. The Software stands out among the others mainly due to its very clear representation of data that suit for any kind of presentations. Also, the map composer of ArcGIS has become the industry standard that is used by many higher education bodies, universities and professional organizations.

Cons

The Software package is not cheap but it doesn't mean it is not worth it. The people who can afford it will definitely have access to the best platform that the money can buy.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8.6/10
Based on 325 user ratings
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ArcGIS Pricing

ArcGIS Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

ArcGIS Online pricing (<100 users) is based on purchasing the exact number of users required, with more able to be added at any time. See the ArcGIS website for pricing calculator.

Large organization pricing (100+ users): Contact ArcGIS for a quote.

ArcGIS Online pricing (<100 users) is based on purchasing the exact number of users required, with more able to be added at any time. See the ArcGIS website for pricing calculator.

Large organization pricing (100+ users): Contact ArcGIS for a quote.

Value for Money
3.9/5
Based on 325 user ratings
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ArcGIS Features

ArcGIS Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Reporting
Business Intelligence
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Customizable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
Visual Analytics
Features
4.6/5
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Additional information for ArcGIS

Additional information for ArcGIS

Key features of ArcGIS

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

Benefits

  • 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.
  • ArcGIS FAQs

    ArcGIS FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for ArcGIS.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ArcGIS offer?

    ArcGIS offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    ArcGIS Online pricing (<100 users) is based on purchasing the exact number of users required, with more able to be added at any time. See the ArcGIS website for pricing calculator. Large organization pricing (100+ users): Contact ArcGIS for a quote.

    Q. What are the main features of ArcGIS?

    ArcGIS offers the following features:

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

    Q. Who are the typical users of ArcGIS?

    ArcGIS has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does ArcGIS support?

    ArcGIS supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ArcGIS offer?

    ArcGIS has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does ArcGIS support mobile devices?

    ArcGIS supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does ArcGIS integrate with?

    ArcGIS integrates with the following applications:

    Asset Infinity, Citizenserve, Concept3D, MAPublisher, Pandell GIS, Pandell LandWorks, Ultimo

    Q. What level of support does ArcGIS offer?

    ArcGIS offers the following support options:

    Online Support, Phone Support