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What's the ArcObjects equivalent to ArcMap's Flip button

In an ArcMap extension, I need to flip multiple lines from a selection. The ArcMap Flip button only allow to flip one feature at a time. What's the ArcObjects equibalent to the ArcMap's flip button? ...
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What happens to a feature class when importing to a feature dataset?

I am creating a model that needs to ensure that all input datasets end up in the same coordinate system (among other things). I was originally going to batch project all of the datasets whether they ...
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Running ArcGIS 10.0 Under Virtualenv

I am working on a Python package that has a mixture of command line tools and ArcToolbox tools. For Python development it is really useful to use VirtualEnv, especially when working with installers. ...
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ESRI HTTP where query

A friend and I are currently creating a pretty straight forward LINQ to ESRI library that sends HTTP queries to an ArcGIS MapServer and then parses the JSON response appropriately. Everything is ...
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ArcGIS 10 Optimization?

Does the MXD Defrag program still exist in ArcGIS 10? Additionally, what settings/options have you identified to help keep ArcGIS 10 running fast?
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How to build topology without an ArcEditor or ArcInfo license?

I have a huge dataset that I am capturing that was full of errors previously and I want to make sure that the new version is error free - which can be very time consuming with only an ArcView standard ...
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Counting points along a polyline at a given distance of every 40 Ft

I've got a polyline representing a pipeline and have a pig run that has metal loss. I am going to create a points shapefile in ArcMap 9.3.1 of the metal loss locations along the pipeline but want to ...
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Editing a shapefile in ESRI ArcMap (programmatically)?

Is this something that can be done? For instance if I created an overlay on a map and saved it as a shape file, I want to go and edit this (pre-existing file.) overlay...Either add points/remove ...
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Problem analysing movement using cost surfaces (involving ArcGIS's Path Distance-tool)

I would like to analyse hypothetical movement (on foot) in a landscape as based on energy expenditure, but I have run into some trouble that I am hoping that you could help me with. I have tried to do ...
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MXD vs MSD - Benchmarks?

Has anyone seen any publically available benchmarks of MSDs vs MXDs? If we ignore the fact that as part of the MSD publishing process, we run it through some validators with the map service ...
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How to efficiently (programmatically) determine whether two datasets have / don't have identical content?

Given: a geodatabase A that contains 100 datasets named a1 .. a100 a geodatabase B that contains 100 datasets named b1 .. b100 I want to programmatically (*) determine for each dataset pair (ai, ...
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Calculate Distance between a Polygon and a Point Along a Path

I am very new to ArcGis and am trying to figure out how to do this. Basically, this is what I am trying to do: I have a map of Canada and in it I have polygons representing areas (each about the ...
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real time map matching

I am working on a project which requires real time map matching. I am currently using ArcGIS but not sure whether it will work. Here is what happens with my system: the cell phones sent GPS fixes ...
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Are there any rules of thumb for the neighborhood settings in Focal Statistics?

In ArcGIS 10, users can define the neighborhood in the Focal statistics tool. The moving window shape can be set to any of the following: Wedge, annulus, circle, rectangle, irregular, and weight. ...
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What qualifications should an auditor have if they plan on auditing a GIS?

Background summary: Various systems are being audited and GIS is the next to be audited. The initial kick-off for the audit was a meeting between me and a single auditor. Initially, I thought it was ...
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Using a different Python IDE/debugger for ArcGIS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts? I prefer to use PyScripter over IDLE as my IDE/debugger for writing GP scripts in Python. In ArcGIS, however, when I ...
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Newbie to GIS Development

Greetings everyone, I am new to GIS development and was wondering if there are tutorials available for development in ArcGIS 10. I have some experience writing simple scripts in python and fooling ...
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How to dissolve overlapping polygons?

I have a query regarding the dissolving of polygon features in ArcGIS 9.3. I only have the bare-bones license and an extremely basic knowledge of VB. I have a large shapefile with around 4500 ...
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ArcGIS file naming conventions: is there an advantage to using underscores?

In an introductory GIS course, it was insisted that all spaces within file and folder names be replaced with underscores. Why is this taught? Is there a clear benefit of doing so?
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Spatial query tool for laymen

I know nothing about GIS, but I have what I think is a GIS problem. From spending a few hours googling my problem, I think what I need to do is perform a spatial query, but I'm not sure how to go ...
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Are there any issues to be aware of running ArcGIS on a Mac?

I'm considering upgrading the PC to a MacBook Pro and installing Parallels, and would like advice from other ArcGIS Desktop users who have done this. The performance aspects of VM-ware are considered ...
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Can I use Google Maps as a layer in Arcmap?

Is it possible?
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Extract boundary from detailed layer in ArcGIS or QGIS

Is it possible to return the boundary (outside) permiter of a polygon layer? Let's say you have the map of the USA, for simplicity, broken down to the county level, is it possible to return the ...
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How to choose selectable layers in ArcMap 10?

Maybe I'm missing something, but I cannot figure out how to toggle selectable layers in ArcMap 10. In 9.3, I remember being able to choose from a list which layers I wanted to be able to select ...
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Convert Shape Polyline-M to Polyline

I have some pretty old software that I am forced to use (no option). It's old enough that it doesn't recognize shape files of type Polyline-M, it only recognizes shape files of Polyline. I have a ...
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Alternative for ArcGIS for software development

I'm looking for a free and reasonably licensed alternative to ArcGIS (or maybe just ArcGIS server). I'm quite new to GIS, so I'll state some of the things I want to be able to do and you can tell me ...
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ArcGIS data capacity

For any ArcGIS users, how large of a dataset (in terms of number of records) can ArcGIS comfortably render on the screen at once? For example, if I have an excel spreadsheet with 15k records, will ...
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Geocoding through a language barrier

This is related to a previous question of mine. It has come to my attention that the streets file I use as my address locator in Canada uses French (or simply accented) characters for the names. ...
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Statistical relationships between rasters

I am trying to analyze how sets of rasters relate to each other using some statistical techniques. As, I don't have much experience using the spatial statistics tools in ArcGIS I was exporting my ...
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Is there a way to Query what's “NOT THERE”?

If you have land tenure mapping, and you're only interested in the areas for which there are no polygons in a region, is there a way to query these areas out and create a shapefile from them. A ...
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Is there a way to view KML natively in ArcMap?

Answering this question: How do I import/export KML to ArcGIS Desktop? raised another one. There are loads of tools to import/export kml/kmz. Are there tools available for native viewing of KML in ...
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How to create a solar intensity map for a garden plot?

I'm interested in creating a raster surface that depicts the average solar intensity per unit area for a small garden plot. I imagine the inputs into the model would be the following: Plot ...
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Where can I find a shapefile basemap for the Indian Ocean?

I need to plot point data over a basemap of the Indian Ocean. Can anyone tell me where I can find such a basemap in shapefile format? I use ArcView 9. Thank you.
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Managing ArcGIS floating licenses

How do you manage your ArcGIS floating license pool? I have to field several calls a week, or sometimes a day, from staff wanting to be able to check out Spatial Analyst or ArcInfo but they can't ...
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How to keep spatial reference using arcpy.RasterToNumPyArray?

I am using ArcGIS 10.1, and want to create a new raster based on two preexisting rasters. The RasterToNumPyArray has a good example which I want to adapt. import arcpy import numpy myArray = ...
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Reduce extent of raster processing

I need to reduce the processing extent of my raster by some sort of automatic procedure in python. Currently the borders of the dataset I've been using has anomalies (due to the classification of the ...
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Locked/Uneditable Map Document

I am wondering if its possible to create a locked map document? I have a document that multiple users will be accessing and as a way of preventing them from making any accidental errors, am wondering ...
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Best book for learning ArcGIS functionality?

I was wondering what the best book(s) for learning how to use most of the ArcGIS functionality were that I could use in conjunction with books on the theory of GIS since even though I can understand ...
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Allow multiple users to share personal geodatabases safely?

We're using ArcGIS 9.3 but for reasons beyond the scope of this question we have to stick with personal geodatabases (MS Access .mdb's) and multiple users. How can we set this up so only a limited few ...
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Is it possible to emulate “Swiss style” shaded relief with ArcGIS tools?

Is there a way to create a Swiss style (or other hand-shaded-like styles) shaded relief from a dem using ArcGIS tools alone?
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How to analyze differences between two shape files and put results into a new shape?

I have two polygon shape files of the same region from two different years (1985 and 1997) and I need to analyse the differences between the two shapes resulting in a third polygon shape file ...
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Ternary Legends - how to represent in Arc

I've got a composite image built up from Red Green and Blue composite colours. Each channel represents the differing concentration of a different variable in each location - with 0 being the lowest ...
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Using ArcGIS to filter cells where 7 or 8 of the neighbors are different

I have land cover data that I would like to clean using some generalization tools. Majority filter does almost exactly what I want, but is missing one key option. Majority filter allows you to change ...
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python script error- with GetParameterAsText

I have a seemingly simple code which iterates through a list of feature classes and calculates an ID field in the attribute table that is equal to the first 5 characters of feature class name. The ...
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How to export multiple featureclasses to shapefiles?

I have plenty features in a geodatabase. I need to save/export them into shapefiles, because my mate works with Manifold, which is not able to read geodatabases. Any Ideas? Click on every single layer ...
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How do we add a custom basemap in ArcGIS.Com that can be used in Javascript API?

It's possible to add a layer as a basemap in ArcGIS.com by checking the check box use as baselayer: But when I consume the map using: var mapDeferred = esri.arcgis.utils.createMap("<guid>", ...
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How do you programmatically read the coordinate display format in ArcMap?

I'm looking for a property (or properties) that will give me the display units and the formatting. I assume I need IMap.DistanceUnits but I can't find the formatting. Is this exposed? I am also ...
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Why does ArcGIS copy & paste layer in a TOC sometimes change the Data Source of the layer?

I run into this situation all the time; I often just copy layers and groups of layers in the TOC of one Map Document and paste then into the TOC of another Map Document. For the most part this ...
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How to get ArcGIS Templates in VS2010

I have a work computer which has ArcGIS desktop installed first and then VS2010 (just the way IT does it) and then templates are not available, anyone know what I need to do to see the templates? I ...
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Edit End Points in Polyline (Python/ArcMap10)

I am trying to make a polyline endpoint snapping tool in python. using a Search Cursor I read in the values to an array of line objects (which contain the feature id of the line, and two "EndPoint" ...