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ArcGIS Explorer now publicly available

Back in high school (circa 1995) I got my mandatory training in ArcView, part of the ESRI professional GIS portfolio at the time. I nerdily enjoyed learning about the software: loading different data layers, calculating groundwater absorption, saving shapefiles, etc... Despite being usable by high school students, ESRI's software wasn't targeted at the consumer: they were about the professional GIS scene and remained there... until Keyhole/Google Earth came along. ESRI was embarrassed by Google, which demonstrated that there was in fact a market for consumer GIS tools. ESRI prepared their countermove, ArcGIS Explorer, while Google continued with its efforts by acquiring SketchUp and releasing StreetView (photo-textured buildings are sure to follow, especially considering the Stanley 3D license).

Well, after long being available as various builds, ArcGIS Explorer is now publicly available. I'm not sure how this is different from before, but it's different and it's probably good. ESRI has more GIS experience than Google, but they are late to the game and don't understand the market as well. They also have one more problem: it's not just about Google Earth, it's about what Google Earth can do for Google Maps.

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You studied GIS in high-school? you're lucky.. i got to learn it only when studying Geography at the university

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