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Description:ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore,

visualize, and share GIS information. ArcGIS Explorer adds value to any GIS because it helps
you deliver your authoritative data to a broad audience.
With ArcGIS Explorer, you can

Access ready-to-use ArcGIS Online basemaps and layers.


Fuse your local data with map services to create custom maps.
Add photos, reports, videos, and other information to your maps.
Perform spatial analysis (e.g., visibility, modelling, and proximity search).

Features:

Easy and intuitive to useIt'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 BasemapsThe Basemaps Gallery allows you to choose from a variety of
ready-to-use basemaps so you can get started quickly. Select from ArcGIS Online 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, shape files, KML/KMZ, GPX, and raster formats
(JPEG 2000, Geo TIFF, 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 DisplaySwitch 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 PresentationsA 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.
Fully localizedArcGIS Explorer Desktop is fully localized, including all user interface
elements and Help. Choose from English, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, or Spanish.

Find more resourcesVisit the online Resource Center for a one-stop place to access
online help, blogs, and samples.

Demos
Getting Started: The Ribbon, Navigation, and More
See how to navigate your way around ArcGIS Explorer
http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer-desktop/demos

System Requirements
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is supported on the following platforms:

Windows 2003 Server Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 2008 Server Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 2008 R2 Server Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter (64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional Edition (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 8 Basic, Professional, and Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 8.1 Basic, Professional, and Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows Server 2012
Windows Vista Ultimate, Enterprise, Business (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows XP Professional Edition (32-bit)
Windows XP Professional Edition (64-bit [EM64T])

Additional Software Requirements


Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is required.
See the Resource Center for complete details.

What's New
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 2505 includes the following enhancements:

Certified for and installable on Windows 8.1

Zooms to correct extent for custom geocode service results

Improved pinning in 3D for measure and note graphics

Download ArcGIS Explorer (Build 2505)


Prepare Your Computer for Installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

1. Check your computer's ability to run ArcGIS Explorer Desktop. You can download and
run a small executable from System Requirements Lab (SRL) to analyse your
computer's score for running ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.
2. Check the system requirements.
3. Uninstall any previously installed builds of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, ArcGIS Explorer
Desktop Current User, ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK for the Microsoft .NET
Framework, and ArcGIS Explorer Desktop Expansion Packs.
Download and Install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop
1. Download ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505.
English
(Simplified Chinese)
Version Francoise
Deutsch
(Japanese)
Versin Espaola
2. Once the download is complete, the setup program will start automatically.
3. Each download provides the opportunity to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop either for all
users on your computer or only for your current user account. Select your preferred
option, keeping in mind that to develop add-ins with the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK
or to use the Fonts Expansion Pack, you must select the all users option.
Note: Administrator privileges are required for installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop for all
users.
4. Click Next. The setup program will guide you through the installation process. More
information is available in the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop installation guide.
Download the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK to Develop Custom Add-ins
1. Make sure you have ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505 and a supported version of
Microsoft Visual Studio installed. The ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK install
guide provides more information regarding supported platforms and development
environments.
2. Download the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK for the Microsoft .NET Framework. Refer
to the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK install guide for any questions regarding the
installation process.
Download Expansion Packs for Extending ArcGIS Explorer Desktop Functionality

Data Access Expansion Pack


Expand geodatabase functionality by allowing direct connections to multiuser geodatabases.

Download the Data Access Expansion Pack for ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505 (all users
option).
Download the Data Access Expansion Pack for ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505 (current
user option).

Fonts Expansion Pack


To add more Esri fonts for use with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505, download the Fonts
Expansion Pack. Esri fonts are used when displaying ArcGIS layer files and layer packages.

Projection Engine Expansion Pack


Add more projections and geotransformations for use with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.

Download the Projection Engine Expansion Pack for ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505 (all
users option).
Download the Projection Engine Expansion Pack for ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2505
(current user option).

Download Help for Use Behind a Firewall


ArcGIS Explorer Desktop uses a web-based help system. If you are connected to the Internet, you do
not need local help files. If you are behind a firewall or disconnected from the Internet, you can
download this compressed file containing local help files.
English [ZIP]
(Simplified Chinese) [ZIP]
Version Franaise [ZIP]
Deutsch [ZIP]
(Japanese) [ZIP]
Versin Espaola [ZIP]

Easily add customized notes to your presentations.

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop


Installation Guide

Minimum system requirements

For the latest information on system requirements or recommendations,


visit http://links.esri.com/arcgis-explorer/2500/system-requirements.

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is supported on the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2 (64-bit) or Service Pack 3 (32-bit)

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Service Pack 2 (32-bit, 64-bit)

Microsoft Windows Vista, Service Pack 2 (32-bit, 64-bit)

Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Service Pack 2 (32-bit, 64-bit)

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, including Service Pack 1

Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), including Service Pack 1

Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop requires the following software components:

A minimum installation or an installation that includes Microsoft .NET Framework


3.5 Service Pack 1 is required to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop. Microsoft .NET
Framework 3.5 SP1 must be installed manually to meet the requirement.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 information can be found
at http://links.esri.com/arcgisexplorer/dotnet35SP1.

Note:
Administrative privileges are required to install the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is required to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.


If you do not have an installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0, you
must obtain and install it prior to installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.

MSXML 6 is required to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop. If you are installing as a


user with administrative privileges, the setup will automatically install MSXML 6.
If you are installing as a user without administrative privileges, MSXML 6 must be
installed manually. The MSXML 6 setup is available in the Support folder, found in
the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop download.

Additional Software and Development Requirements

An OpenGL 2.0 or higher compliant video card is required, with at least 64 MB of


video memory. However, 256 MB of video memory or higher is
recommended. Shader Model 3.0 or higher is recommended.

2 GB of RAM is required. 2 GB or higher is recommended.

Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core or Intel Xeon processors are supported.


2.2 GHz dual core or higher is recommended.

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop can be installed with other Esri products on your machine. The
ArcGIS product versions supported with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop are 9.3.1, 10.0 and
10.1.

Before Installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

It is strongly recommended that you exit all Windows programs before running the
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop setup program.
For a successful installation of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, existing ArcGIS Products
installed on your machine must be closed and ArcGIS Services must be stopped.

If ArcGIS Server Java or .NET is installed, before installing ArcGIS Explorer


Desktop, stop the ArcGIS Server Object Manager service. Go to Control Panel >
Administrative Tools > Services > Select ArcGIS Server Object Manager> rightclick Stop.

If ArcIMS is installed, before installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, stop the ArcIMS
Tasker, ArcIMS Monitor and ArcIMS Application Server (in this order). Go to
Control Panel >Administrative Tools > Services > Select ArcIMS Tasker > rightclick Stop, do the same for ArcIMS Monitor and ArcIMS Application Server.

If ArcGIS Image Server is installed, before installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop,


stop the Esri Image Server, Esri Image ServiceProvider, and the Esri
ImageServerReporter. Go to Control Panel >Administrative Tools > Services >
Select Esri Image Server > right-click Stop, do the same for Esri Image
ServiceProvider, and Esri ImageServerReporter.

After ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is installed, remember to restart any ArcGIS Services that
you stopped prior to installing.

ArcIMS Restart Services in the following order ArcIMS Application, ArcIMS


Monitor, ArcIMS Tasker

ArcGIS Image Server Restart in the following order Esri Image Server, Esri
Image ServiceProvider, Esri ImageServerReporter

Installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

Before installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, verify that your system meets the system
requirements. If you are downloading ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, the installation will start
once the download is complete. For all other scenarios, double click Setup.exe to install
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.

Installation type
Two installation options are presented when the setup is launched: 1) Anyone who
uses this computer (all users) and 2) Only for me (user name). The "anyone who uses

this computer" option executes a per machine installation. Administrative privileges


are required to perform a per machine installation. The "Only for me" option executes
a per user installation. Administrative privileges are not required to perform a per
user installation.

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop installation type per machine


With a per machine installation type, anyone who uses the computer will be able to use
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop. Additionally, no other users will be able to install the
application. The default installation location is C:\Program Files\Explorer (x86).
However, you can browse to any desired installation location.

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop installation type per user


Administrative privileges are not required to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop for an
individual user. The default installation location is the users Documents and Settings
folder. If the user installing attempts to install to a location that is beyond their
privileges, a 1303 error will appear and the installation will abort. The user installing
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is the only one that can run the application. Other users must
install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop from their respective accounts. With this installation
type, each user is required to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop individually.

Installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop silently

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop can be installed without a user interface (UI) by running the
setup using Windows Installer command line parameters. If you are planning to install
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop silently, see the available command line parameters below.

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop command line parameters


The following are the command line parameters to be used when executing the ArcGIS
Explorer Desktop MSI directly.

Parameter

Case Sensitive

Required

Des

INSTALLDIR

No

Yes

ArcG

How to perform a per machine installation of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop silently


Run this command to perform a silent installation. This example will install ArcGIS
Explorer Desktop silently to C:\Esri for all users on this machine.

Msiexec /I <setup location>\AllUsers.msi INSTALLDIR=C:\Esri /qb

How to perform a per user installation of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop silently


Run this command to perform a silent installation. This example will install ArcGIS
Explorer Desktop silently for the current user only.

Msiexec /I <setup location>\PerUser.msi /qb

Creating a log of the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop installation

Run this command to create a log of the installation.

Msiexec /I <setup location>\setup.msi /L*V


C:\ArcGIS_Explorer_Install.log

Uninstalling ArcGIS Explorer Desktop silently

To uninstall ArcGIS Explorer Desktop per machine installation silently, run the following
command.

Msiexec /X {8FF1B080-4BE2-4355-ABA6-7902494EA9C7} /qb

To uninstall ArcGIS Explorer Desktop per user installation silently, run the following
command.

Msiexec /X {6908B23C-184B-41A0-9909-76CC616F1638} /qb

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