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I'm trying to create a point shapefile from a grid index polygon shapefile I created using ArcPy at ArcGIS 10.0 . I know this is simple, but could anyone give a few pointers out there. Here is what I've done now: but my error is: Traceback (most recent call last): File "C:\Users\RLong\Documents\", line 19, in arcpy.FeaturetoPoint_management("GridIndex", "SamplesLoc", "Centroid") AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'FeaturetoPoint_management'

Any ideas?

###Simple point shape file object for testing
###Import standard modules
import os, sys, math, arcpy, traceback, string, fileinput
###Setup your workspace or file you're going to use
from arcpy import env
arcpy.env.workspace = "C:/Users/RLong/GIS_Data/Conversions/GridIndex.shp"
###setup local variables
in_Features = "GridIndex.shp"
point_location = "Centroid"
out_feature_class = "SamplesLoc"

###execute point
arcpy.FeaturetoPoint_management("GridIndex", "SamplesLoc", "Centroid")
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look into point shapefile constructors and see what they take and what methods are involved that can change other files to fit a point shapefile from a grid index polygon shapefile. – Carl Carlson Dec 4 '12 at 22:39
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if I remember correctly, you can use Feature To Point (Data Management) for getting centroids of your polygons.

import arcpy 
arcpy.FeatureToPoint_management(inFeat, outFeat, "CENTROID")

i hope it helps you....

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sorry, i havent seen @RyanDalton's answer when i was writing my answer. :) – Aragon Dec 4 '12 at 23:52
I think you answered my question. I really need to understand the Geoprocessor object what is the diff between a put and get. Thx! – DATAfiend Dec 5 '12 at 5:34

Are you trying to simply generate centroids of the polygons? If so, just use the Feature To Point (Data Management) tool. No need to write your own Python script/tool.

Of course, this assumes you have access to an ArcInfo license, as it is not available for ArcView or ArcEditor.

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This tool does not put point in center of odd shaped features (e.g.) s shaped polygon even if you have the create inside check box checked. I believe there is a tool in ET Geowizard that does. – artwork21 Dec 5 '12 at 0:02
@artwork21, your statement is correct, but maybe a bit misleading. As long as you have the "inside" check box ticked on, it will create a point somewhere on the surface of the polygon. But you are correct that it will not put the point in the center of oddly shaped or multi-part polygons. – RyanDalton Dec 5 '12 at 0:06
Ah, sorry must of forgot to check that check box. – artwork21 Dec 5 '12 at 2:54
@RyanDalton, I just have ARCVIEW 10. I don't got the money for an ARCINFO license. – DATAfiend Dec 5 '12 at 5:33
You can select vertices, centroids, centroids inside, or labels with the tool. Newest version of ET GeoWizards is 10.2. I think it has a limit on how many features it will process though. Might have to chop it up. – Baltok Dec 5 '12 at 19:26

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