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I've built a polygon and used Clip (Analysis Tools) in order to extract information from several FC that intersect the polygon. Of course, I used the clip tool for each feature class.

My boss wants a single tool that clips all these feature clases at once and saves the result in different FC. Is there a tool in ArcGIS that does that?

Select by Graphics is cool, but then I have to export the data "manually". I've created this model, but in the case of the model I don't have the liberty of selecting the area I want to clip everytime.

Thank you

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How about using the tool in batch mode. – dchaboya Feb 21 '13 at 16:04
How about just running the Merge command on the results of your model at the end? – RyanDalton Feb 21 '13 at 19:56
merge tool combines the same type of FC. I have points and lines. it's ok two have two seperate results, the problem is the simultanious selection of two seperate FC types – Ligia Feb 22 '13 at 7:07
batch mode is a very good idea, but i'm not sure how to solve as well the problem of selecting a different area every time. – Ligia Feb 22 '13 at 7:10
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You can use Split by Attribute, Split (Analysis), or if you want to get fancy you can write your own python script to do this using the following arcpy methods:

  1. Use os.walk to walk through all files in a defined directory
  2. Loop and search for files that end with ".shp"
  3. Create a feature layer of your clip layer
  4. Use arcpy.SearchCursor loop and grab all unique values via a split field to base your split on
  5. Use arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management to select each unique feature
  6. Use arcpy.Clip_analysis to clip against feature layer and input layer (layer to be clipped)
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+1 Split (Analysis) will work well for the OPs problem. – Aaron Feb 21 '13 at 16:44
Split tool in batch mode is a very good idea. Though I would have to build a new polygon FC everytime I want to crop another area. The truth is I was hoping for a simple solution to extract data from several FCs in ArcMap using one process. But as I understand, the only way to do that is by creating a python script. Too bad I don't know programming:))) – Ligia Feb 22 '13 at 7:35
thank you all for all your prompt answers. – Ligia Feb 22 '13 at 7:35

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