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Get ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2 and ArcPad 7.01 Programs For Free

Yes, it’s true – you can get a fully-functional version of ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.2 for free, along with many of the extensions (3D Analyst, GeoStatistical Analyst, Survey Analyst, and more). The base version of ArcGIS costs about $1500, and extensions can run $1500 apiece. You can also get a fully functional version of ArcPad, ESRI’s mobile data acquisition and mapping GIS program for handheld GPS units that run Windows Mobile or Windows CE.

Of course there’s a catch – several in fact. For the evaluation version of ArcGIS:

For the evaluation version of ArcPad, the limitation is more basic: the program is fully functional, and doesn’t expire, but times out every 20 minutes. For many field data acquisition applications this might not be acceptable, but for those where data takes only a few minutes to acquire, you might be able to live with that 20-minute time limit indefinitely. At the very least, the evaluation version will give you all the time to learn the ins and outs of the software, and determine whether it meets your needs. If not, I’ll be covering a freeware PDA-based field data acquisition system in the future.

Edited to correct “ArcGIS 7.2” to “ArcGIS 9.2”; even free, 7.2 wouldn’t be worth it. Thanks, James!

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8 Responses to “Get ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2 and ArcPad 7.01 Programs For Free”

  1. 1 giasen

    doesn’t the arcpad timeout after 20 minutes of use?

  2. 2 James Fee

    Might want to look over your title and fix it. ;)

  3. 3 Leszek Pawlowicz

    Title is fixed. D’oh!

    Yes, ArcPad does time out after 20 minutes of use, but after quitting and restarting the program, you get another 20 minutes indefinitely. Depending on what you’re doing, that might not be a big problem.

  4. 4 Anonymous

    this is proper pikey.

  5. 5 Leszek Pawlowicz

    “this is proper pikey”

    Don’t know what this means, but I suspect it’s not good. Sorry.

  6. 6 Anonymous

    You also need to update the first sentence from ArcGIS 7.2 to 9.2. ;)

  7. 7 Leszek Pawlowicz

    Done – thanks.

  8. 8 Ram Kumar

    McGlathery WNEW

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