Digital Mapping Techniques '99 -- Workshop Proceedings
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-386

ArcInfo 8: New GIS Technology from ESRI

By Mike Price

Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
380 New York Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
Telephone: (909) 793-2853 ext. 1677
Fax: (909) 307-3037

ArcInfo Version 8 contains the same core applications as Version 7.x. These applications‹ARC, ARCPLOT, and ARCEDIT‹ have been enhanced and updated. This ensures binary compatibility with any application developed using Version 7.x. Three new applications, Arc Toolbox, Arc Catalog, and Arc Map, provide easy-to-use, Windows-style user interfaces that make working with ArcInfo easier than ever before. The new component object data model introduced in Version 8 goes beyond traditional point, line, and polygon features and allows modeling of objects, such as power poles and electrical switches, in a more realistic way. These new applications are highly customizable.

Information about the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) and its products, including ArcInfo and ArcView, can be found at A short summary of new functionality in ArcInfo Version 8, as published in ArcUser magazine, is available at For information on application of ESRI products in the earth sciences (e.g., collaboration with USGS on development of symbolsets and patternsets for geologic features) or to offer suggestions or discussion, please contact me.

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