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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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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 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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Remove username and password from saved arcgis layer (.lyr) files?

How can one remove the saved username and password from arcgis layer (.lyr) files? A scripted solution preferred but even a point and click method will be welcome.
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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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ArcGIS JS API: Merging Popups with Relationship Queries (with fiddle)

I am trying to merge two ArcGIS JS API examples: Feature Layer with Popup and Query Related Records. The idea I have in mind is clicking on a country feature, retrieve all related records from a ...
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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 I install ArcGIS 10.1 and use my current Python 2.7.2 install?

I just did a clean OS install and installed ActivePython 2.7.2 I want to use this Python install for use with ArcGIS 10.1 I just installed ArcGIS 10.1 and it did a new Python install. What do I ...
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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" ...
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Poor image quality of raster pyramid files in ArcGIS (no anti-aliasing)

There are several GeoTIFF files (size ~7000x7000 px) which I try to open in ArcGIS Desktop 10.0. I have already created raster pyramids for them (.ovr files) using geoprocessing tool but their quality ...
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E_FAIL when calling ESRI.ArcGIS.Carto.IImageServer.Initialize()

I am using ArcGIS Engine and Developer Kit 10 on Windows 7. Specifically, I'm writing an ArcObjects console program using Visual C# Express 2008. I am attempting connect to an image server via a URL ...
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SQL Server Relationships in ArcSDE

I am running ArcSDE 10 with SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition. I am new to SDE and SQL Server, but I understand that SQL Server has the ability to create relationships between tables and maintain ...
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How “complex” should a JavaScript map become? When does a plugin make more sense?

Background: A client is looking to upgrade an ancient ArcIMS site, which is quite complex. It has a table of contents, the ability to change symbology on-the-fly, print the map, use spatial ...
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SELECT TOP query in ArcGIS

Is there a way to use a SELECT TOP (n) within ArcGIS desktop? Is appears that since the ArcGIS query builder is effectively building the SQL statement after the WHERE clause, that this may not be ...
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Creating ArcGIS add-ins for both 10.0 and 10.1

Has anyone tried to deploy the ArcMap add-in for both ArcGIS 10.0 and ArcGIS 10.1? There is a target version parameter in the add-in config XML file that needs to be specified. After upgrading the ...
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How to remove long linear strips from polygons?

I have a polygon layer representing impervious land cover. This was taken from a land cover raster dataset. The impervious data represents all impervious surface that is not buildings or roads. I ...
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Need monthly weather means for future climates

I am trying to generate spatially downscaled (5-10 arcminutes) future climate maps indicating monthly mean min and max temp, and precip. Most people usually need to extrapolate monthly data into ...
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How to make custom, dynamically generated vector symbols in ArcGIS

I am putting together a map of GPS-enabled vehicles, and I am hoping to display them with custom point symbols that change appearance based on a few attributes (things like velocity, heading, and a ...
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Exporting ArcGIS plugin data source to Shape

I have implemented a plug-in data source for ArcGIS. In my case, the format read by the plug-in may contain point, line and polygon features within the same file. In my implementation the data file ...
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What are the pros and cons of forcing square pixels on reprojection?

I am using Erdas Imagine 2014 to reproject 4-band raster data from GRS 1980 NAD83 Lambert Conformal Conic (ft) to UTM GRS 1980 NAD83 North UTM Zone 11 (m). Unlike ArcGIS, Erdas provides the option to ...
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Can I use GRASS algorithms in Sextante under ArcGIS?

Sextante for ArcGIS comes with SAGA modules. I know that I can use GRASS algorithms in Sextante under gvSIG. But how can I use GRASS algorithms in Sextante under ArcGIS? I tried to look for any ...
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Permanently Change ArcMap's “Maximum Sample Size” Setting?

I've lately been working on feature classes with a huge number of polygons (e.g. all of the Census blocks within the Chicago metro area). I've been needing to symbolize them by quantities a fair ...
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How to work within ArcGIS image server export limits?

I need to clip out a region of an arcgis image service that is larger than the export limit. I'm not trying to defeat copy protection or anything of that nature. The data is from a service belonging ...
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Field Calculation - Python - If/Then over multiple data columns

I have some VB code saved that looks at two columns of data, and populates a third with the low value. Pre-logic Script Code: Dim output as double if [MIN_LEFT] < [MIN_RIGHT] Then output = ...
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Raster to Polygon Scripting Problems

I am trying to make a script which selects every .png file in a folder beginning with the letters "LG". I then want the scipt create a shapefile, replacing the "LG" with "SH", and then i want the ...
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How can I select vector features that overlay raster in arcpy?

I have two datasets: point feature class and raster (stored in file geodatabase). The spatial extent of the raster is smaller than the point dataset. Is there a way I could select (or create new, ...
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Multiple layouts in one ArcGIS project?

Is it possible to have multiple different map layouts (like the one accessed by clicking the little page icon at the bottom of the viewing panel) within one ArcGIS project? I often find myself ...