To open an mxd, to the best of my knowledge, you will need a license of ArcGIS for Desktop to use its ArcMap application, which is by no means cheap. It seems that there are some tools out there to convert an ESRI document into a format that an open source solution like QGIS can read but it looks like they require access to an ArcGIS license as well.
If your purpose is non-commercial personal use or otherwise doesn't contravene the license terms, there is an ArcGIS for home use subscription program that costs $100/yr. It includes pretty much everything except ArcGIS Server.
If you know someone who has ArcGIS Engine SDK, you could ask them to simply build the sample app that is included with the install. The sample app is able to open and view mxd's. Before you can run that app, you will need to purchase and install the ArcGIS Engine runtime license, which last I checked retails for $500.
Once you have the runtime installed on ...
I had exact situation of 700$ and even after suspending my account I was being billed hourly as I had not terminated the RDS instances, but I called up aws customer support at 1 (888) 280-3321
and explained the scenario and it was an honest unintended mistake from my side as I had used extra large multi A Z RDS instance instead single with free tier.
The free usage tier for RDS does include 750 hours of usage per month, but it's for single-AZ Micro instance hours, not any of the larger instances. The micro instance normally costs $0.025/hour.
The included storage is single-AZ without provisioned IOPs.
The AWS web site is pretty clear on what is included in the free tier.
If you haven't tried contacting ...
I am unsure which Esri Distributor you are referring to, but be aware that each Distributor has their own company policies.
I am part of Esri's ArcGIS for Server product management team and my technical focus is on ArcGIS for Server, Portal for ArcGIS, & Web mapping.
I am happy to discuss this item further via direct contact.
The license depends on the number of cores. If you buy an enterprise license then you can use 'n' number of cores. Each SOC machine will require an additional license (As per ESRI standard for US. I'm not sure for other countries)
Please check functionality matrix for more details.
I also found the credits/cost calculation a bit confusing, so I made a spreadsheet to help estimate it.
An ArcGIS Online subscription includes 2,500 credits per year, but I wanted to know of any additional charges if I was to exceed that limit.
I took the values from http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/credits along with the cost for ...
Arcgis for organizations is priced as per user packs.
See this link for up-to-date pricing posted by esri.
Service credits are used for technical support.
There are other features not available in the personal account.
Use this page to compare features of the two subscription models.
The arcgis online personal account remains free with 2GB of storage space.
You can use CARTO.js with a free account and public datasets, just put any string in the API key parameter. If you check any of the examples from the documentation you'll see that for the API key parameter a dumb YOUR_API_KEY value is passed.
Mind that CARTO.js v4 is not officially released, and there will be also changes in ENGINE with a new authorization ...
Yes, the rerun address would charge against your account. As you would be re-hitting the services hosted by ESRI this falls into the normal credit-usage.
While there is not specific documentation of this; my personal experience with the ArcGIS Online credits and how they are applied see this as consistent.
Alexgleith's answer seems to be directly related to the example in the question. However, there are other approaches that are also available and can be done in an offline environment.
If you have access to ArcGIS with 3D Analyst Extension then you can simply extrude your polygons by an appropriate attribute. However, 3D Analysts is expensive.
A free ...
Some companies (like ESRI & Oracle) charge you based on the hardware that you are going to run the software in. One is the price for a machine with a single core (CPU). The other one is for 2 single core CPUs or 1 Dual Core CPU. To give you an idea, my Macbook Pro laptop is a quad-core (i.e four cores).
ArcGIS Pro, the new desktop application from Esri, supports the import of MXD files. It imports everything from mxd (layers, layouts,...) into ArcGIS pro project files. From there you won't need the mxd it self but the project files (aprx).
Refer to this page for more details.