It is used for:
- Creating and using maps.
- Compiling geographic data.
- Analyzing mapped information.
- Sharing and discovering geographic information.
- Using maps and geographic information in a range of applications.
- Managing geographic information in a database.
ArcGIS includes the following Windows desktop software:
- ArcReader, which allows one to view and query maps created with the other ArcGIS products;
ArcGIS for Desktop, which is licensed under three functionality levels:
- ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (formerly known as ArcView), which allows one to view spatial data, create layered maps, and perform basic spatial analysis;
- ArcGIS for Desktop Standard (formerly known as ArcEditor), which in addition to the functionality of ArcView, includes more advanced tools for manipulation of shapefiles and geodatabases;
- ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (formerly known as ArcInfo), which includes capabilities for data manipulation, editing, and analysis.