ESRI Product Names The ArcGIS Desktop is a family of three products ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView that share the same core applications, user interface, and development environment. GIS functionality increases as you move from ArcView to ArcEditor to ArcInfo. It can be helpful to think of these as Product Levels rather than different products.
This link provides an explanation of the differences in functionality between the levels: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/about/gis-for-me.html Each of these product levels has the same set of core features: ArcMap: The primary GIS interface for analysis and mapping ArcCatalog: Allows you to organize and access all GIS information ArcToolbox: Includes analysis and geoprocessing tools ArcScene: Allows you to represent terrain in 3-dimensions (psuedo) ArcGlobe: ESRI’s answer to Google Earth, 3D world view Optional Extensions: Enhance the functionality of the ArcGIS Desktop
Many different Extensions may be added to the ArcGIS Desktop. The following may be to most useful to you: ArcGIS 3D Analyst Analyze your data in a realistic perspective. ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst Use advanced statistical tools to investigate your data. ArcGIS Network Analyst Perform sophisticated routing, closest facility, and service area analysis. ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Derive answers from your data using advanced spatial analysis. ArcGIS Survey Analyst Centrally locate, process, and manage your survey and cadastral data. ArcGIS Tracking Analyst Reveal and analyze time-based patterns and trends in your data. BE SURE TO ACTIVATE THESE EXTENSIONS WHEN INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE!
INSTALLING ArcGIS There are two primary methods for licensing the ArcGIS Desktop: • Single Use: This option is only available for the ArcView and ArcEditor product levels. After installation, registration keycodes are used to activate the software. The license is perpetual and will run forever (or at least until your next hard drive failure) •Concurrent Use: This option applies primarily to those intending to use ArcInfo or those institutions running a large number of ArcGIS Desktop installations. This product works well in GIS labs or classrooms. This product is installed in similar fashion, but is licensed through a license server. Product licenses typically will time-out on a yearly basis. Those intending to install this version will want to consult with their IT support team regarding the installation of a license server. The following steps will guide you through installation of the Single Use ArcEditor product.