Free ArcExplorer handles most image formats, including CAD

Free ArcExplorer handles most image formats, including CAD

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

A free data viewer for geographic information systems is downloadable from Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. of Redlands, Calif., at

ArcExplorer 2 comes in versions for Java, Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT with Service Pack 3 or Windows 2000. It can be freely distributed with agencies' data sets on CD-ROM.

But ArcExplorer 2 cannot be installed on the same system with its ArcExplorer 1.1 predecessor, which must first be uninstalled.

This California climograph as viewed by ArcExplorer combines National Weather Service temperature and precipitation data with GIS coordinates.

System to share

The second edition can, however, coexist on the same system with ArcExplorer 3, which is written in Java.

The free download requires about 13M of storage. It is compatible with most image formats including computer-aided design file types and the Defense Department's Vector Product Format.

Another ESRI release, the second version of RouteMap Internet Map Server, generates map directions. RouteMap IMS 2 runs under Windows NT and Win 2000 only.

ESRI charges $3,000 separately for the base software and for the street data set. Geographic Data Technology Inc. of Lebanon, N.H., is the reseller.

Along with several public- and private-sector partners, ESRI is sponsoring GIS Day 2000, which will take place Nov. 15.

The company also sponsors the resource for GIS users and the Geography Network at [GCN, Aug. 7, Page 47].

Contact ESRI at 800-447-9778.

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