to do GIS at home
1. Use the link at the
end of these instructions to download one of two GIS shareware packages, made
available for free from ESRI, Inc. You will have an
executable file once the download is complete. Run this executable, and you
will have a new software package on your computer.
2. Download some of the
Shapefiles which represent Volusia
County data. It is
important that you read all the instructions before you download.
3. Start either the
ArcExplorer or ArcGIS Explorer package you have installed.
4. Choose "Add
Content” if using ArcGIS Explorer, or the Add Data button if using ArcExplorer and add the
Shapefiles you just downloaded. (Remember to unzip them first, if you have
not already done so.) To add the shapefiles, just navigate to the directory
you downloaded them to, highlight the file name, and click either OK
(ArcExplorer) or Open (ArcGIS Explorer). You will see the name of the
Shapefile in the list box on the left. If it isn’t already being
displayed, all you need to do is turn on the check boxes to make them draw.
ArcGIS Explorer will load the shapefile and automatically zoom to its
Feel free to play around
with either package to learn all their functions and capabilities. You won't
break anything (besides, even if you do, you can always download it again).
It is also suggested that you use the help system freely to learn all of the
functionality built into the package.
I want ArcExplorer This version will not work under
Windows Vista or the new Windows Version 7, but does work with Macintosh.
want ArcGIS Explorer We also recommend you grab the
font expansion pack while you’re there. ArcGIS Explorer to work best,
needs an internet connection.
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