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Getting started with ArcMap
ArcMap is the premier application for desktop geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping. ArcMap gives you the power to:
- Visualize—You'll be working with your data geographically: seeing patterns you couldn't see before, revealing hidden trends and distributions, and gaining new insights.
- Create—It's easy to create maps to convey your message. ArcMap provides all the tools you need to put your data on a map and display it in an effective manner.
Learn more about creating a new map
Learn more about putting data on a map
- Solve—Working geographically lets you answer questions such as "Where is...?," "How much...?," and "What if...?" Understanding these relationships will help you make better decisions.
- Present—Showing the results of your work is easy. You can make great-looking, publication-quality maps and create interactive displays that link reports, graphs, tables, drawings, photographs, and other elements to your data. You'll find that communicating geographically is a powerful way to inform and motivate others.
Learn more about creating reports
Learn more about creating a graph
Learn more about loading tabular data onto a map
Learn more about graphic elements, pictures, and neatlines
Learn more about adding map elements
- Develop—The ArcMap customization environment lets you tailor the interface to suit your needs, build new tools to automate your work, and develop standalone applications based on ArcMap mapping components.
Learn more about customizing ArcMap and ArcCatalog
Learn more about layers, data frames, and the table of contents
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