Software You Need for GIS247

You will need certain software to successfully access the presentations, data files and pdf documents available from our training courses. Please find below our guidance on the software versions for your internet browser and pdf viewer software that will enhance your enjoyment of Of course, exercise all usual due caution when installing any new software to your computer.

The presentations will play within your internet browser but it is usually a good idea to install the latest version of your preferred browser. We recommend using Google Chrome for the best experience with GIS247. Although the presentations should work in other browsers, we specifically support the following:
Google Chrome - version 1 and later
Microsoft Internet Explorer - version 9 and later
Mozilla Firefox - version 3 and later

Browsers will need the free Adobe Flash Player installed. It is built into Google Chrome, so Chrome users don't need to install but users of other browsers can download the latest version of the Flash player at

If you have any problems viewing a presentation, you should upgrade to the latest version of your preferred browser, restart your computer, install the latest version of the Flash player and try again. If your problem persists, please use the Contact Us page to contact our Support team.

Data Files
The data files for the exercises are zip files. Any good quality zip utility that allows you to restore the paths held in the zip file should be sufficient whilst Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8 include native zip file support. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the How to Use the Trial page for unzipping the trial data or the instructions in the relevant ReadMe file for a specific course. Simply access these files as and when you need them for the course/s you are following.

Exercises/Factsheets/Other PDFs
Any documents available from are PDF documents. Although there are many PDF readers on the market, we create our PDFs using Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have a full licence to Acrobat or the latest version of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can install the latest version of Acrobat Reader for free from

Once you have installed Acrobat Reader, start the program outside of your browser. The program will require you to agree to Adobe's terms and conditions - read these and only agree to them at your own discretion. The Reader will then integrate correctly with your internet browser.

GIS Software
Please note that you need access to a licence of ArcGIS or MapInfo to undertake the training exercises. We supply the data and mxd/wor files which you download onto your computer with the software on. You can then use your software with the data and work through the course exercises that you access from each course section.
To view the presentations you just need to log-in to GIS247 and have the latest Flash player installed.
You can therefore view the presentations for any version of your chosen GIS software but will need to download the data and map files for the version of the software that you have.
Evaluations versions of the ArcGIS and MapInfo software can be downloaded for FREE from
ArcGIS 60 day evaluation
MapInfo 30 day evaluation (version 10.5)
MapInfo 30 day evaluation (version 11.5)
An evaluation version can be used to undertake the training exercises from GIS247.

ArcGIS for Home Use licence
For individuals wishing to learn/use ArcGIS at home, for their personal use, there is an ArcGIS for Home Use licence that can be purchased from Esri at a very discounted rate. For more information for users from the USA and other countries visit
For users from the UK visit the Esri UK site at

As OpenSource software, QGIS is free to download and use. Visit for more information.

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