Getting to Know ArcGIS 4th Edition, Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, fifth edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the features and tools of ArcGIS Desktop. Through hands-on exercises, readers will discover, use, make, and share maps with meaningful content. The latest edition has been updated to the most current version of ArcGIS Desktop. Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop is suited for classroom use, independent study, and as a reference.
Data for completing the exercises and a 180-day free trial of ArcGIS are available for download at .
Michael Law is a cartographer and GIS professional with more than a decade of experience. He was a cartographer for Esri, where he developed cartography for books, edited and tested GIS workbooks, and was the editor of the Esri Map Book. He continues to work with GIS software, writing technical documentation, teaching training courses, and designing and optimizing user interfaces.
Amy Collins is a writer and editor who has worked with GIS for over fifteen years. She was a technical editor for Esri, where she honed her GIS skills and cultivated an interest in designing effective instructional materials. She continues to develop books on GIS education, among other projects.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Law is a cartographer and GIS professional with over fifteen years of experience.
Amy Collins is a writer and editor who has worked with GIS for over 16 years.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01DK3SWO4
- Publisher : Esri Press; 4th edition (March 28, 2016)
- Publication date : March 28, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 100050 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 768 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1589483820
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #699,422 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing / Instruction is clear, concise, and well structured. There are fully colored and well-captioned images to facilitate the learning. The fore-edge of the book is color-coded (different shades of green) and thus allows you to access specific chapters with more ease! (I thought that was a nice touch!). The more technical sections of the book offer very useful "Tips" on how to do something and/or avoid common mistakes. A dictionary of the technical terms used in GIS and within Arc is located in the back, which is important when putting parts of the text in layman context.
Overall, based on what I have seen thus far, I would say this book is probably the best bang for your buck on Amazon. I will come back after I finish the class and the exercises in this book to provide a more comprehensive review of the book and its contents.
IMPORTANT: I did not receive a CD with the book. HOWEVER! the key to the 6 month trial of ArcGIS is on the inside of the back cover! Go to esripress.esri.com/bookresources, make an esri account, follow the steps, and use your key there! NOTE: Despite the book being tailored for using ArcGIS, 10.2/10.3, Esri allows you to download the 6 month trial with any version from 10.2.2 up to the most recent 10.4.1 version. Which is a big plus!
I bought this rather than renting and I'm happy I did since I expect to use it for reference. If you expect to continue on to more advanced books that may cover similar ground, or if your memory is super sharp, renting may be a good option, though the six-month ArcGIS license seems like it might be worth the price of buying new. The exercises go by very quickly and it would be easy to do the whole book in a few weeks if you were committed.
I am using this with ArcMap 10.5.1 and have had no issues with compatibility. However, make sure you check your system requirements if you are new to ArcGIS. This is especially true for Mac users.
This is a good approach to learning. I wonder if listing the page number for the original guide may help some users.
By the way, I used this book on version 10.3 and 10.4. I saw no difference in usability.
It's obvious ESRI is focused on commercial uses for marketing. Not at all for academics doing archival work. I FINALLY found a video from an angel doing similar work to mine. But ESRI was no help. This book was a waste of money.
Top reviews from other countries
---- Layout ----
At 700 pages, there is certainly a lot of detail in the book! It has a very clean presentation with a clear headings, a nice modern appearance plenty of figures. The writing is generally very easy to follow
---- Content ----
The book is aimed at people getting started with ArcGIS. It therefore starts with pretty basic details, such as setting up models and displaying data.
As the book progresses, it discusses some of the geoprocessing tools which can be used. As GIS software can be used in so many different disciplines, the book does a great job in keeping it general enough to be useful regardless of your background. The tools are demonstrated with a large number of worked examples, and the supporting files which can be downloaded allow you to carry out the same process.
The book touches upon some of the more advanced features of ArcGIS, such as the ModelBuilder and using Spatial Analyst. It is useful to be made aware of these features, and helps provide the reader with a basic understanding
---- Who Should Buy It? ----
I think this is a great book for any person looking to learn GIS quickly. While nothing actually beats playing around with some real data, this book gives some great knowledge which can help reduce the time it takes to learn GIS.
I also think it is a great read for anyone who thinks they know GIS well but may want to fill gaps in their knowledge, as there are a lots of little hints and tricks shared in the book which can help make many processes easier. I personally discovered quite a few features which I hadn't known so it was definitely worth the read.
A great read, and it is a book I would certainly recommend.