An excellent new source for GIS specialists.

Getting to know ArcGIS Desktop, the latest title from ESRI Press, is a complete and comprehensive workbook for learning the latest in geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop introduces the reader to the three GIS products that comprise ArcGIS--ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo. This workbook enables readers to gain a complete understanding of ArcView, provides a firm foundation for learning ArcEditor and ArcInfo, and includes information needed for completing GIS projects.

Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop--following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Getting to Know ArcView GIS--employs an effective teaching approach. The structure of the book is designed so that each exercise builds on the one that precedes it. Richly detailed illustrations and step-by-step exercises teach basic GIS tasks--from mapmaking and spatial analysis to database creation. Concepts coupled with background knowledge allow everyone to learn and understand the material presented in this book. Included with the book is a fully functioning 180-day trial version of ArcView 8 software on CD-ROM as well as a CD containing data for working through the book's exercises.

The broad scope of the presentations, in addition to the hands-on material, makes the book useful as both a classroom text and a self-study workbook. No prior knowledge of GIS software is needed, although this book is particularly useful for those switching from an earlier version of ArcView.

The authors--Tim Ormsby, Eileen Napoleon, Robert Burke, Carolyn Groessl, and Laura Feaster--combined their experience and knowledge for Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop. A glossy, full-color, softcover edition, Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop is presented by ESRI, the world's leading provider of GIS software. It is available at better bookstores or online at or may be ordered by calling 1-800-447-9778.