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I downloaded this plug-in http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/connector/ from the plugins link at QGIS.org and it unzipped into a folder entitled "connector" in my "downloads" folder (running Mac Yosemite 10.10.5) but as with everything to do with QGIS, it comes with no read-me instructions. I have no idea what to do with the files that were downloaded.

Is there some folder I am supposed to put them in? or do I go to the QGIS app and point it at the plug-in somehow?

Meanwhile I tried signing up for a public account at ArcGIS and that is a hopeless affair. Is that necessary to use this plugin or does the plugin have a path to public maps there without a sign-in?

ArcGIS allowed me to enter information, it knows my username so I can't register it again but it won't allow me to sign in. It never sent an acknowledgement to my email but when I click forgot password (which I haven't, but what else can I do) it sends me a note that my account has been blocked so it has the right email.

Is there something about GIS in virtually every aspect that makes it the most intransparent uninelligble unintuitive platform to get running or am I just denser than the average user?

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Go to Plugins, Manage and Install Plugins, Settings. Enable experimental plugins.

Go to all, search for ArcGIS and install the plugin.

An ArcMap icon will appear on the Manage Layers Toolbar.

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  • thanks, got that far, didn't realize very left column of glyphics was the manage layers toolbar, but figured it out by toggling it on and off in View/Toolbars submenu. The help folders for all programs, not just QGIS, are dastardly for not identifying various toolbars and palettes and where to find them. they always assume the user knows where to look. so now the arcGIS icon is there and when i click it, it asks for a layer URL. not a clue where i would get that . . . maybe this is a URL at arcGIS? Still don't know if an account is needed or how i would specify lat. lon. and size of basemap. Apr 18, 2016 at 14:11
  • When you only need a basemap try the OpenLayers plugin and use one of those. The ArcGIS REST API plugin is build to connect to REST services from a ArGIS for server. Try the samples under help if you want to try. Apr 18, 2016 at 19:09
  • my concern with the openlayers approach is that it won't print high res according to what i'm reading and there can be some distortion between layers. i can't find these samples you were suggesting, i assume you meant under the Help menu in QGIS? do i search for "basemap" in topics or how do i find them. thanks Apr 19, 2016 at 12:35
  • In the ArcGIS REST API Connector plugin window is a 'help' link in the lower left corner. This redirects to this excellent wiki page: giswiki.hsr.ch/ArcGIS_REST_API_Connector_QGIS_Plugin#Help Apr 19, 2016 at 12:41
  • your last comment vanished. IIRC, it had an arcGIS url for topo maps as sample. I don't seem to be able to do anything with QGIS, nevermind get arcGIS maps.tried tutorial from the beginning, but it says "this assumes you have a good knowledge of QGIS". if i did i wouldn't be using the tutorial! i downloaded open street map data just as a test. that at least made sense, it asked for NSEW bounds of lat./lon. but i open resulting .osm and see nothing. if i could download satelite and topo imagery and 'print' decent res to PDF i could do the rest in graphics and CAD programs i'm familiar with. Apr 20, 2016 at 13:08

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