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Installing and Activating ArcGIS Extensions

General Overview

ArcGIS is a powerful GIS (Graphical Information System) desktop system for editing and managing geographic data. Extensions are specialized tools that enable you to perform more advanced tasks such as raster geoprocessing and 3D analysis. Once ArcGIS has been installed on your computer, you can authorize the use of extensions.

1. From the Start menu, open ArcGIS Administrator.

ArcGIS Start Menu

2. Click on Desktop.

3. Choose Advanced (ArcGIS) Single Use.

4. Click the Authorize Now button. You will be prompted several times with authorization requests–click Next.

ArcGIS authorization

5. The Software Authorization Wizard will display.

ArcGIS authorization wizard

6. Enter the name of the extension and the authorization number provided on your ArcGIS purchasing invoice from Software Distribution Services. Click Next.

7. You will receive an authorization message similar to the one below.

ArcGIS authorization_2

8. Click Finish. You are now ready to use ArcGIS Extensions.



Before using ArcScan, you must enable ArcScan extension in ArcMap. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Click Customize and click Extensions.

ArcScan screen

2. Check ArcScan.

3. Click Close.

ArcScan toolbar

To add the ArcScan toolbar, follow these steps:

1. Click Customize.

2. Point to Toolbars.

3. Click ArcScan.


The functionality of Maplex is built into ArcGIS 10.1.

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