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About ArcGIS Desktop extensions

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Last modified December 29, 2008
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Available extensions

ArcGIS Desktop extensions
Functions Extension Extended capabilities
Analysis ArcGIS 3D Analyst Three-dimensional visualization and analysis. Includes ArcGlobe and ArcScene applications. Also includes terrain data management and geoprocessing tools.

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Includes a broad range of powerful raster modeling and analysis features that allow you to create, query, map, and analyze cell-based raster data. ArcGIS Spatial Analyst also allows integrated raster–vector analysis.
Adds more than 200 tools to the ArcGIS geoprocessing framework.

ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst Advanced statistical tools for surface generation and for analyzing and mapping continuous datasets. Includes exploratory spatial data analysis tools providing insights about your data distribution, global and local outliers, global trends, level of spatial autocorrelation, and variation among multiple datasets.

ArcGIS Network Analyst Allows you to perform advanced routing and network analysis. Supports
  • Drive-time analysis
  • Point-to-point routing
  • Route directions
  • Service area definition
  • Shortest path
  • Optimum route
  • Closest facility
  • Origin–Destination

ArcGIS Schematics Enables generating, visualizing, and manipulating diagrams from network data coming from a geodatabase or any data that has explicit attributes showing connectivity. Allows you to
  • Use a number of schematic representations: geographic, geo-schematic, and schematic.
  • Generate schematics from complex networks.
  • Check network connectivity.
  • Perform quality control of network data.
  • Visualize both logical and physical connectivity.
  • Monitor network status.
  • Evaluate network forecast and planning (modeling, simulation, comparative analysis).
  • Visualize nonspatial, connected data.
  • Model social networks.
  • Generate flowcharts.

ArcGIS Tracking Analyst Real-time and historic data display and temporal analysis.
ArcGIS Tracking Analyst includes
  • Display point and track data (real time and fixed time)
  • Ability to symbolize time by color (to show the aging of data)
  • Interactive playback
  • Actions (based on attribute or spatial queries)
  • Highlight capability
  • Suppression
  • Support for lines and polygons
  • Temporal histogram in playback
  • Ability to symbolize map layers based on time
  • Layer-based time windows to manage many temporal layers
  • Temporal offset for comparisons of temporal events
  • Animation files
  • Data clock for additional analysis
Data Integration and Editing ArcGIS Data Interoperability Adds the ability to directly read and employ more than 60 common GIS vector data formats including many of the evolving GML specifications.
In addition, GIS data can be delivered in a variety of formats. For example, data sources, such as advanced computer-aided design (CAD) datasets with extended entity attributes, MapInfo datasets, Intergraph GeoMedia datasets, and various GML files, can be accessed, displayed, and used directly in ArcGIS. Enables delivery of GIS data to others in a variety of vector data formats (more than 50 supported formats).

ArcScan for ArcGIS

NOTE: ArcScan capabilities are included with ArcEditor and ArcInfo but must be purchased for use with ArcView.

Performs raster-to-vector conversion tasks on scanned documents including raster editing, raster snapping, manual raster tracing, and batch vectorization.

ArcGIS Survey Analyst Tools used by surveyors and GIS professionals to create and maintain survey data in ArcGIS.
Includes support for editing and managing cadastral fabrics and measurement-based cadastral workflows. This support adds important new capabilities for GIS users who manage parcels and will begin to increase the accuracy levels using measurement-based cadastres.
Data Publishing ArcGIS Publisher Publish data, maps, and globes authored using ArcGIS Desktop. With ArcMap and ArcGlobe, you can author interactive maps and globes and then publish them with ArcGIS.
Publish and share them via ArcReader.
Cartography Maplex for ArcGIS

NOTE: Maplex capabilities are included with ArcInfo but must be purchased for use with ArcView and ArcEditor.

Adds advanced label placement and conflict detection to ArcMap. Use to generate text saved with map documents and as annotation layers in the geodatabase.
Using Maplex for ArcGIS can save significant production time.

Solution-based extensions for ArcGIS Desktop

Additional extensions are available that help to provide focused solutions for various users. For more information on the following extensions, visit ESRI's Web site at

Solution extensions for ArcGIS Desktop
Extension Audience Extended capabilities
Production Line Tool Set (PLTS) Cartographic production and mapping agencies A comprehensive series of software applications for efficient GIS database production and maintenance as well as automated map series production using ArcGIS and the geodatabase.
ArcGIS Business Analyst

Business and demographic applications A suite of tools for working with high-quality demographics, consumer, lifestyle, and business data that is spatially integrated using geography. Delivered with a rich set of data content and powerful tools for working with business and demographic data.
Job Tracking for ArcGIS (JTX) Data services and production workgroups An enterprise workflow management application that provides an integration framework for the ArcGIS multiuser geodatabase environments.
Military Overlay Editor (MOLE) Military and defense users An application and API that allow you to create, display, and edit military symbology in your ArcGIS maps.
Military Analyst Military and defense users A suite of GIS tools for the defense user using ArcGIS Desktop.

Enabling extensions

To use an extension for which you are registered or licensed, you must enable it in the Extensions dialog box for the application in which you will use it. To open the Extensions dialog box, choose the Extensions command from the Tools menu in ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, or ArcScene (the application that comes with the ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension).

Enabling and dsabling extentions from the Tools menu

The Extensions dialog box lists the extensions currently installed on your system that work with the application you are using. For example, if you are using ArcCatalog, you'll only see extensions listed that work with ArcCatalog. Extensions are listed in this dialog box whether or not you have registered them or whether or not licenses are currently available for them on your License Manager.

To enable an extension, check the box next to it:

Checked off Spatial Analyst

If the extension is successfully enabled, the box will appear checked:

Checked on Spatial Analyst

Enabling an extension does not cause the extension's user interface to appear automatically; it simply enables any controls that the extension provides. If the extension's controls are on a toolbar, such as the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension toolbar, you will still need to display the toolbar by choosing it from the Toolbars pull-right menu in the View menu.

Registering an extension

ArcView or ArcEditor (single use)

If you're using the ArcView or ArcEditor single use product, you must first register the extension with ESRI. To register an extension, start ArcGIS Desktop Administrator from the Windows Start menu, click the Register ArcView (Single Use) and Extensions folder, and click the Register Now button to start the Registration Wizard.

If you try to enable an extension in the Extensions dialog box that has not been successfully registered and authorized (or if an auto-enabling extension attempts to enable itself), you'll get a message, and the next time you open the Extensions dialog box, you'll see this next to the extension:

Unchecked check box Spatial Analyst (Not Registered/Authorized)

Concurrent use products

If you're using the ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo concurrent use (floating) product, a license must be currently available on your license manager for you to enable an extension in the Extensions dialog box.

When you click an extension in the Extensions dialog box to enable it (or when an auto-enabling extension attempts to enable itself), the application will try to obtain a license from the License Manager. If a license cannot be obtained, you'll get a message, and the next time you open the Extensions dialog box, you'll see this next to the extension:

Unchecked check box Spatial Analyst (License not available)

Here are the typical reasons a license is not available:

If all the concurrent use licenses for the extension are currently in use by other users, you won't be able to use the extension until a license becomes available. To see if a license has become available, check the box next to the extension again or, in the case of an auto-enabling extension, close the map or data that the extension uses, then reopen it. In either case, if a license has become available, it will be checked out for you, and you'll see a check next to the extension. If you shut down the application and restart it, the application will automatically check to see if licenses are now available for extensions that you previously tried to use and will check them out for you if they are.

If you are currently using a concurrent use license and you want to make it available so someone else can use it, simply uncheck it or, in the case of an auto-enabling extension, close the map or dataset that the extension uses. Shutting down the application will also free up any concurrent use licenses you were using.

Can I open a map that uses an extension that isn't currently enabled?

Yes. ArcMap will let you open any map regardless of which extensions are currently available in the Extensions dialog box. However, data or functionality in the map that depends on a particular extension will not be available if no license is available for that extension. When you open a map containing data that requires an auto-enabling extension such as StreetMap, you won't be able to use that data if the required extension is unable to obtain a license. Layers referencing this data will be disabled in the ArcMap table of contents with a red exclamation mark next to them.

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