After our post on Georeferencing in QGIS, we received a couple of feedbacks by core Esri fans. In their feedbacks, they brought up the fact that since for the mean time the popular applications of ArcGIS and MapInfo still held sway in Nigeria, I should also put up demos on ArcGIS as this would enable a level playing ground for readers to examine both applications.
So the more pertinent question? How can I lay my hands on ArcGIS software to practice the lessons without having to purchase a pirated copy? I get that question from a lot of students and graduates. Well it is simple but it comes with a price tag, yes.
Esri has made available free download of a single license edition of ArcInfo and ArcMap or now called Arcmap and ArcGIS Pro- on its international website but before you shout hurray, here comes the price tag. It is only a 60 day free trial version!! Don’t despair because for any serious minded person, believe me, two months and a dedicated use of online resources can make a big difference in your proficiency in the use of ArcGIS software. You can always proceed in the bliss of QGIS when the trial is over but with the confidence that if challenged with ArcGIS, you won’t wither.
Back to the topic at hand. For the serious minded ones, please follow the steps to download Esri ArcGIS to your laptop or desktop. This are outlined in the link below
Note the following hardware and software requirements-
- Be sure your laptop has at least 2G of RAM. ArcGIS allocates almost 1gig of RAM for processing. Check your PC configuration.
- ArcMap requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 or newer.
Hope you are already downloading as the next few posts will deal on working with ArcGIS.
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