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What are the best Add-Ins for ArcCatalog and ArcMap v10?

XRay for ArcGIS 10 is very useful, what else is out there?

Thanks, Seth

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This question is not answerable as stated, because "best" will be in the eye of the user. Please consider rephrasing it in a more constructive manner. For example, consider specifying a purpose to the add-in and inquiring about, say, how people identify good add-ins and what criteria they use to evaluate them. This will provide answers that are of more than merely transient interest to a subcommunity. –  whuber Nov 30 '10 at 16:06

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XTools pro

http://www.xtoolspro.com/

stems back to ArcView 3.2

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XTools Pro only took the name from the old XTools on ArcView. –  James Fee Sep 6 '11 at 13:46

It might be poor form to post my own AddIns, but I'm doing it anyway(they are free and I don't post these in ESRI galleries).

I wrote an AddIn with a single button(command) that fires up the browser to google streetview at the same extent as the ArcMap extent(avi movie). This is the one that my users ask for the most: GoogleStreetView.esriAddIn

Select stacked features: SelectStackedFeatures.esriAddIn. A button that make a feature selection of any stacked features of a highlighted feature layer. Sorry, no avi movie for this one.

I also have an AddIn that does automatic timestamping and attribution. From my ideas.arcgis.com comment on timestamping:

I wrote an AddIn that does a lot of this (right around the same time as Infrastructure Editing Template for ArcGIS 10 was released) , but I haven't gotten around to writing any documentation for it.

There is a toggle button, so you can disable it.

It's configurable with an XML file ( global or a featureclass specific replacement value template).

Built in:
{MachineName}
{UserName}
{DomainName}
{NOW}
{WKB} (Well-known binary)
{GEOHASH} (geohash point features only).
{e:any-environment-variable}

On the TODO list:
{WKT}
{XCOORD}
{YCOORD}
{ZCOORD}

Download Location: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1156285/EditorTrack.esriAddIn

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I have installed geotagger, presentation, and diagrammer. There are so many to try!

add-ins

Diagrammer

Presentation

New at 10, Gallery

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The Portland GIS Plugin for exporting to KML is excellent.

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The first plugin I always used to get was Mapbook. Now that functionality comes as part of 10, and it is better in some ways. Also used to get Hawths and Iankos, but now most of that stuff has been added as geoprocessing tools, so I think plugins play a smaller role now than in the past.

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I think custom ArcMap tools, in general, show Esri what the users want and then you see it a few releases later. Go To XY is one that comes to mind--I think everyone had their own version of that until Esri added it to ArcMap in 9.2. –  Jay Cummins Mar 15 '11 at 12:26

I also have written add-in for street view:
esri resources Gallery

This works in 10.1! Jay Cummins' Streetview plugin doesn't work for me in 10.1 (XP), like all others except for the one above by ciava.at.

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