ArcGIS for Desktop

Which ArcGIS for Desktop Software Is Right for You?

ArcGIS for Desktop allows you to analyze your data and author geographic knowledge to examine relationships, test predictions, and ultimately make better decisions.

It is available in three license levels—Basic, Standard, or Advanced. These license levels share the same core applications, user interface, and development environment. Each license level provides additional GIS functionality as you move from Basic to Standard to Advanced.

Optional ArcGIS for Desktop extensions offer specialized tools and additional capabilities to enhance your system.

Download the ArcMap Functionality Matrix [PDF].

  Basic Standard Advanced
Map Creation and Interactive Visualization
Visually model and spatially analyze a process or workflow. checked checked checked
Create interactive maps from file, database, and online sources. checked checked checked
Create street-level maps that incorporate GPS locations. checked checked checked
View CAD data or satellite images. checked checked checked
Generate reports and charts. checked checked checked
Multiuser Editing and Advanced Data Management
Complete GIS data editing capabilities.   checked checked
Edit a multiuser enterprise geodatabase.   checked checked
Use disconnected editing in the field.   checked checked
Store historical snapshots of your data.   checked checked
Automate quality control.   checked checked
Create spatial data from scanned maps.   checked checked
Use raster-to-vector conversion.   checked checked
Advanced Analysis, High-End Cartography, and Extensive Database Management
Advanced GIS data analysis and modeling     checked
Atlas-like, publication-quality maps     checked
Advanced data translation and creation     checked
Advanced feature manipulation and processing     checked
Data conversion for CAD, raster, dBASE, and coverage formats     checked