ArcGIS Explorer Desktop
Easy and intuitive to use—
It's easy for anyone to begin working with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, with its intuitive and easy to use ribbon user interface that presents tools in the context of how you use them. Tools including integrated tool tips and Help.
Choose your Basemap—
The Basemap Gallery allows you to choose from a variety of ready-to-use basemaps so you can get started quickly. Select from
basemaps such as World Imagery, World Streets, or World Topographic Maps. You can also create your own basemaps and add them to the Gallery. Toggle basemaps on the fly while maintaining your operational layers.
Add local data
such as geodatabases, shapefiles, KML/KMZ, GPX, and raster formats (JPEG 2000, GeoTIFF, MrSID). You can also add layer files and packages created using ArcGIS for Desktop, or add locations from your spreadsheets.
Access a wide variety of mapping services
from ArcGIS for Server; and Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) WMS, and GeoRSS feeds.
Integrate a wide variety of content
such as photos, videos, documents, and more and place them in a geographic context.
Integrated 2D and 3D Display—
Switch display modes with a single click. View maps and globes in any projection or coordinate system.
Extend ArcGIS Explorer Desktop
using Add-Ins. Extend the core capabilities using geoprocessing tools and models published using ArcGIS for Server, or connect to a wide variety of other available services.
E-mail your maps and layers
directly from the application.
Communicate geographically using Presentations—
A popular feature of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, presentations allow you to communicate geographically using live data and services. Answer geographic questions and share the answers with others.
Customize ArcGIS Explorer Desktop
using centrally managed application configurations with no programming required. Control functionality and add your own tools, and customize the look and feel of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop to meet the needs of specific users or workflows in your organization. You can also use the free, downloadable software development kit (SDK) to create new add-ins.
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is fully localized, including all user interface elements and Help. Choose from English, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, or Spanish.
Find more resources—
Visit the online
for a one-stop place to access online help, blogs, and samples.
View maps and globes in any projection or coordinate system.