ArcInfo (Workstation) 3.0 (1986)
Mine was ArcInfo 4.x
ArcView 2.1 preceeded by a long list of non-Arc* software
mine was 3.x, didnt like the software at time but ESRI has improved ArcGIS by leaps and bounds!
From a design perspective, there is a bit of deja vu with ArcGIS Pro. Heck, even Project files are back. I just wish they would have brought the legend files back too because layer files are an abomination for storing symbology.
ArcInfo (Workstation) 3.0.
ArcInfo (Workstation) 3.0
VAX-GES "Geographic Entry System" - a precursor to ArcInfo Workstation's first digitize tool (proto-ArcEdit). I'll never forget the funny name of the FORTRAN executable that would be mentioned on crash: "SONOFADS".
Thanks Curtis for that reminder. For some reason it had been completely erased from my memory banks. My best memory is of deleting a large plot file on the old prime os. Apparently delete had the highest priority and no else could log into the system while the file was being deleted. And, Prime actually deleted the information rather than just making the memory available for rewriting. The system was unusable for a long time.
Yes, you needed run a "FIXDISK" overnight to reclaim disk space!
ArcMap and I met during beta in 1999. I forget what version was stamped on it. Might have been "7.something" as it was delivered while ARC/INFO 7.x was in general availability lifecycle. I clicked your 8.x box, but that may misrepresent my first version of ArcMap. A related question in about a year or two will probably be something like, "What was your last version of ArcMap?"
Hi Tim! I hope you and the Mrs. are well.
Are you excited about learning ArcGIS Pro?
Mr. VanSickle! Hola, sir. Indeed, jlk and I are doing well. We hope things are nice for you, too. I'd be excited about ArcGIS Pro, Portal, and ArcGIS Online using Google Maps API for Work. Now, that would be some modern-day sweetness. Hey now... Google & Esri
Mr. Minter and I must have launched parallel careers ARC/INFO 7.x for me too. Most of my memory was command line driven work, but do have vague recollection of ARCEDIT monochromatic views!
Mr. Crandall! And, it seems we crossed paths down on the east coast quite recently... You must have been about 6 years old when you started working, young man. What is ARC divided by INFO, anyway?
I don't look my age.
...or rather is it, age is just a state of mind?
I need to find my mullet wig.
ArcInfo 7.x. Those were the days...sort of.
ArcInfo for Pc, 1.0 or 1.1.
It was a long time ago.
And who could forget Esri's first foray into software... Arc,Noah's
4.0.2 on one project, and 5.0 BetaI on another (and I had to rename numerous .CML files to .AML for the folks who hadn't bothered since 4.0 came out)
ArcInfo Workstation 4.0...
Remember the cool video that came out with it? (I remember the bad makeup.)
arcview 3.2, May it rest in piece(s)
Mine was ArcView 3.1
Mine wasn't listed in the poll! I hope that doesn't make me old!
Terak Minn-Draft in 1984, at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. What a joke!
AutoCAD 2.14 on an 80286 in 1985, followed by ArcINFO 5.0 on a Prime workstation, in 1989, then ArcINFO on a Sun Workstation in 1993, which was a huge leap forward. Then ArcView 3.1, which was a sad step backward, followed by ArcMap, which I must admit has been pretty good to work with ever since.
What a long, strange trip it's been.
ArcInfo Workstation 3.0 on Unix, born and bred on command line
My university was using 6.1.2 and I joined E-S-R-I in the midst of the ArcInfo 7 development cycle.
I started GIS with PC ARC/INFO for DOS we used commands, now we have menus and lots of tools. ArcView 3.x was a wonderful product then came ArcGIS and it is marvelous.
My first version of ArcMap was 8.x.
PC ARC/INFO - DOS style.
I started GIS with ArcINFO Workstation for Unix (IBM RS6000) in 1996.
I started GIS with ArcINFO Workstation Version 5 running Data General -DGUniX OS in 1989. Quickly migrated onto Sun Microsystems SparcStation2 with Solaris OS. Fast-forward to today and haven't missed a beat all the way up...Heck, I probably still have some of the Ol' Command Reference manuals somewhere...LOL.
ArcInfo 3.3 on VMS
Arc/Info 4.0 on Prime. Unfortunately do not still have the distribution media pictured above by Tom Sellsted. I think the capacity of one of those big tape reels was about 20 megabytes.
I could usually get 120-140Mb on one of the "big reel" tapes at high density, though it wasn't uncommon to reduce the tape length to just a bit more than was really needed for read-only software distribution. That tape is nearly full, which corresponds to my memory of the ~125Mb object code distribution on SunOS (but it's marked at 1600 density, which would make the capacity closer to the 20Mb you remember). The QIC-150 tapes that followed could reliably hold 145+Mb.
ArcInfo 4.0 and PC-ArcInfo at the end of the 80th. :P
ArcInfo 4.5 on Prime (back in 1989)
Once upon a time ago
ArcInfo (Workstation) 7.0 Coverages!!
All command line
ArcMap 8. Used earlier ArcView 3.1 and ArcInfo 7 but those were pre-ArcMap days.
I guess the younger generation is the minority here clearly. I started with 10.1 maybe 10.0.
You don't even have it, does that say I'm OLD, I started with ArcView 3.2 back in 1999, and actually before that is was a paper blueline maps with rulers and protracters. I don't miss that stuff.
You are effectively a Noobie ... started before ArcAnyThing even appeared, but it was ArcView 2.1
Well, I feel OLD reading your commentsjaja!
I learned GIS during my MSc at ITC (1996-98) doing exercises with ArcINFO (don't remember which version, think 13 or 14) and ArcView GIS 3.0, also we did exercises with ILWIS. During that time ESRI had only developed one or two window-based components of ArcMap of ArcGIS (Edit and other), the remaining parts of the exercises and workshops we had to manage through the ugly command lines in DOS, which were sent very fast to my brain trash folder expecting ESRI's new updated software.
As we had workshops with ArcView to learn Spatial Analysis and workflows, I worked with AV 3.0 and 3.2 for several years when returned to my country (Venezuela) and office. I must say GIS has not the same level of development than other countries have. So before learning ArcGIS 9.1, I imported the vector maps other fellows did in ArcGIS (projections were well managed) and made the layouts and the spatial analysis with AV (table joins, summarizing, graphs, classyfing, overlays, buffers, etc.). I downloaded from ESRI page some AV scripts and my favourite was one that gave you all the folder routes of your project, just in case... and once I had a case...
Besides the AV-GIS weakness with projections, I liked it and still make some simple layouts with it. I like the concept of projects, views and layouts, because that's the way my brain works. I worked in land use planning and for one plan you have base many maps: geology, geomorphology, hydrography, land use, demographics, urban areas, protected areas, etc. and of course the land use proposal map.
I expect to test the ArcPro trial version to see how the project concept has come back in the framework of the new and friendly menus and functions!
I started using ArcView 3.x at the first time I knew about GIS.
The first version I ever used was ArcView GIS 3.0. in 2002. Despite the big development and jumping from ArcView to ARCGIS I still miss ArcView sometimes and so get back to it and review the sweet memories of arcview's childhood.
Pen and Ink, scribecoats, peelcoats etc.... then, well actually PC/ArcInfo, ArcInfo7.x, ArcView2.x
Mine was ArcView 3.2
Arc/Info 7.1.2 and ArcView 3.0 - I just loved spending the time searching through the volumes of hard-copy reference books!
ARC/INFO 3 or 4. Back in the 80s at university.
ArcView and Arc/Info 3.X
ArcView 1.0. 1995 at university
I "upgraded" from Atlas GIS (DOS Based) to Arcview 1.0 in 1996 at IUPUI. What a great day that was.
I think Arc/Info 3.1 with Arcplot
Workstation ARC/INFO (whatever version was around in 1991), along with ArcView 1.0 soon after. And pretty much every version since then!
i started 9.3 in 2011.
ArcView 3.x before ArcMap 8.
Same here, first version of Arcmap was 8.x & worked with Arcview 3.x before that.
I helped install 9.2 in the GIS lab in my first semester of geography classes.
Does PIOS count? Else - the first released version of Arc/Info, long about 1982.
we had PIOS too....couple years before I started ('85)
How about GRID (the first one that worked on "SVF" files).
I think Arc/Info 6.4 with ArcPlot.
ArcView 3.x and ArcInfo workstation in 1999.
ArcInfo 6.0 (1996) at the University of Idaho on a Unix Workstation. Then right as the semester was ending I got a copy of ArcView 2.0 and was able to redo my class project in just a few hours, it was so intuitive and visual compared to ArcInfo!
Chris Donohue, GISP
ARC/INFO 7 (I think). Mostly writing AML in CAD-To-Polygon Coverages for parcel/property data.
PC ARC/INFO 4 - BGSU Geography Lab and ArcView 2.1 -- got me hooked!!!
A dual install of ArcView 3.3(?) and ArcInfo 8.3 -- Geoprocessing Wizzard FTW!
I was looking for the ArcView 3.2 option.
Yeah, this needs to be updated to have versions prior to ArcGIS 8.x. I was on ArcView 3.2 and ArcINFO 7.1, I think.
ArcView 3.1. Yes, there was life before version 8!
ArcInfo 4 and PC ArcInfo 4 I think but it was so long ago.
ArcInfo Workstation 5.0 running on a Sun SparcStation 20 I believe with an xTerm (pizza box) next to it for the other analyst.
I think I wasn't even born when some of you used ArcINFO and ArcView.
What happened to 9.2? That's the first version I used regularly. Before that, I used ArcGIS during my Masters, but didn't make a note of the version. It crashed a lot. I mean, A LOT. All the time. Often on startup, before you'd even done anything. It was terrible. Whichever was the least stable of 9.0 and 9.1, it was probably that one.
ArcInfo 4 - 1988
In the mid-90's I started with the first version of ARCView
ARCGIS 9.1 in 2011
ArcInfo 7.2.1 in 1998
So, have we not been able to count backwards, software didn't begin at 8!!! ArcInfo Workstation 3.0 on a WANG system, with ArcView 3.x. Migrated to a IBM Risc 6000. I've come a long way, and still enjoy the AGOL and WAB!!! Keep it coming ESRI! Started in 1985.........
Technically the correct answer is not an option. The first version of ArcMap was simply called ArcMAP. ArcMAP was part of ArcGIS 8.0 and came with Arc/INFO. I was a MapInfo user at that time in my career but we acquired ArcGIS for our office. After trying it out we decided to stick with MapInfo.
I did use ArcINFO command line I think it was 6 or 7 in college. After experiencing that I was very happy to get a job utilizing MapINFO
It was never ArcMAP. ArcGIS, yes, but always ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcToolbox.
ArcInfo was originally ARC/INFO and has the Arc, ArcEditor, ArcPlot modules (I guess that's what you called them)
Source, Esri's copyright and trademark page (and 22 years employment): Legal Information | Copyright and Trademarks | Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
(still quite confusing--I wonder if we can still access the old forum thread about how to pronounce "esri"?)
VAX-GES ("Geographic Entry System") (TEK 4010 humming green-screen)
ARC/INFO, ARCEDIT, ARCPLOT, INFO, TIN [Loved that Tek 4017 terminal with 16 (wow) colors and its cool font - didn't do better 'til Consolas came out]
Arc/INFO, ARCEDIT, ARCPLOT, INFO, TABLES, LIBRARIAN ;-), +TIN (4.0), +GRID (5.0), (On the Pr1me!) ArcView 1.0
Arc/INFO (Arc, ArcEdit, ArcPlot, ArcGrid, Tables), ArcView 2.0 - 3.2,
ArcInfo Workstation (Arc, ArcEdit, ArcPlot), ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcCatalog using ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView license), (+Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, etc), "ArcView GIS",
ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, ArcGlobe, ...) + ArcGIS Pro (both w Basic, Standard, Advanced license)
ARC/INFO workstation v5.0, late 80's
ArcInfo workstation (1995)
ArcInfo 3.2.1 (1987)
GIS Timeline: 1988 - PresentFrom Arc/Info Workstation v6.1.1, COGO, Map Librarian, ArcEdit, ArcPlot, AML on AIX v3, ArcView v2, ArcIMS v3 and AutoCAD v2.6
Migrating from AIX & DOS v3.2 to Windows NT vs OS/2
DAT and LTO tape libraries
I was using ArcInfo on a Sun Sparc Workstation in 1995. I believe that was version 5.
Calcomp 9500 digitizing table.
David Stegmaier, GISP
Texas Department of Transportation
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Mesquite, TX 75150
Ph: (214) 320-4412
David - I had a similar configuration while working the SC Appalachian Council of Governments in SC. Great times!
Having entered the GIS industry fairly recently (2010), I often hear my more senior colleagues reminisce about the "old days" of GIS. Plenty of terms come up that I have little to no knowledge or understanding of. Does anyone know if there is a good museum of GIS anywhere in the country where I could visit?
If not, I propose we lobby for a permanent exhibit of GIS or stand-alone GIS museum somewhere in a major city. I would donate!
I think it was at the 25th UC that they had panels for the history of Esri software, then they had them displayed in one of their buildings in Redlands for a while. Maybe they will update those and bring them to the UC again in the future. Not a permanent location, but interesting just the same.
*edited* based on information from one of the presenters
I found a PDF of the 2nd part of the presentation (1975 - 2011) online but it's not a legal one. A presenter said he was doing it again at this year's UC (2017) so I think it's being done every year now. However, there are copyright issues, so that's why it's not in the proceedings.
My 1999 award for AML (Tools Category) at the ESRI Conference should be in a Museum.
Arc/Info 6.1 on IBM's AIX 3.X
GeoNet Place Experience the History of ESRI and GIS
WoW, Arc/Info, ArcView, ArcMaps that is so long ago. I wonder if anybody remember AML. LoL
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Arc/Info 6x in 1990, I think...
Well I started with PIOS in 1980. I installed what was the first release of Arc/Info in 1981. We were user #72.
Mine was 3.x, still have it, I love it.
I started on Arc/Info Workstation on a Sun Spark (Unix)then on Windows NT (Loved AML by the way), used ArcView 2.* -> 3.2, and then every version of ArcMap since the beginning to the currently used version of 10.3.1.
Pre-ArcView. I had an AML application highlighted during the 1997 ESRI conference plenary session which I maintain was their inspiration for ArcView.
1987 maybe? ArcView GIS's first release was in 1991. Or do you mean ArcGIS Desktop?
You're right. It was ArcMap. Because within a couple of years they were thinking of migrating off of Workstation and I was trying to redo it all in ArcObjects. But I do remember ArcView coming out and perhaps that was the inspiration for my AML.
So did something come up a the UC this week about this pole that would breath life into a topic that has been stagnant for a year?
I heard there was a statement at the Plenary that Esri will support Desktop for a while (not sure of the exact wording) which supposedly got a big round of applause.
ArcInfo Workstation 5.0 in 1992...
PC ArcInfo 34D
ArcInfo Workstation and PC ArcInfo in 1989.
1991 or shortly thereafter ArcView 1.0, and in 1994 ArcInfo Workstation 7.X.
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