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How to use directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect?

The attached screenshot of a National Geographic map shows some beautiful directional shading of boundaries. I'm trying to reproduce this sort of shading for a burn perimeter map, as I want to ...
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How to hide “internal” polygon boundaries?

We've been scratching our heads over how to tackle this for some time, and are no more illuminated than when we started. I hope you can help. Our task is thus: how to draw a lake with a solid outer ...
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Can ArcGIS and OSGeo4W share the same python install?

I don't like unnecessary duplication. Is it possible to install python only once and have both ArcGIS and OSGeo4W use it?
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Applying version control to ArcGIS Models

Version control is an indispensible tool for software development, allowing one to reliably and cleanly step back in time to the last time X did it's job exactly right, or to see what changed between ...
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Definitions of arcgis script parameter Data Type options

When adding a python script to a toolbox in Arcgis one of the steps is to set parameters and specify what Data Type each requires. The list is long, perhaps a hundred, and many are not immediately ...
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How to standardize raster output from 0 to 100 using raster algebra?

I am working on generating an integrated moisture index based on the following equation: IMI = (hill shade * 0.5) + (curvature * 0.15) + (flow accumulation * 0.35) Iverson et al. 1997 Another ...
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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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ArcGIS: inside buffer with attributes?

How can I create buffers for polygons that a) lie only inside the polygon boundary, and b) know who their parent is? An example of where this is useful is First Nation Traditional Territories. There ...
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How to separate raster bands in model builder?

I have a simple model that iterates through folders to collect imagery, mosaics them and clips the mosaic to a study area boundary. I need to produce an NDVI from the clipped 4-band mosaic ...
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Streamlining Python Code for Big Data

I have Python code which is designed to take point shapefiles through the following workflow: Merge points Integrate points, such that any points within 1 m of each other become one point Create ...
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How to specify the pixel depth in model builder?

I have a simple model that calculates the NDVI from bands 3 and 4 of a raster dataset. The input bands are 8-bit unsigned, whereas the default output NDVI is signed 32 bit. How can I specify the ...
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Programatically split a polygon with a line

In looking at this question, it occurred to me that I am not sure how one would go about using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS to split a polygon with a line programatically. Manually, you would use ...
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How to implement bivariate Ripley's K function in ArcGIS 10?

The attached image shows a forest gap with red pine represented as circles and white pine represented as crosses. I am interested in determining if there is a positive or negative association between ...
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Python problem in conditional combining of multiple rasters and produce one output

I have two rasters for same spatial extent and need to compare both rasters cell by cell and produce one output raster. Each has 10 land cover classes. Based on those 10 classes the comparison should ...
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ArcGis Rest – service name vs. folder - Are the folders always part of the service name?

I'm using an ArcGIS REST map service, and my question is how do I construct the URL to the service? Specifically, what relationship is there between the Service Name, the Test Server, and the folder ...
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Create “Inner Buffer” in ArcGIS

I am currently searching for a possibility to create an "Inner Buffer" in ArcGIS. I have a lot of polygons (houses)(in one feature class) and one big polygon (in one other feature class). I want so ...
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Why are annotation features containing both GraphicElement and TextElement objects not drawing in an ArcGIS Server map service?

I am building annotation features with Python/comtypes/ArcObjects. The annotation works great in ArcMap (10.1), but it is does not draw when published to a map service in ArcGIS Server. Each piece ...
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How to join tables without losing the original field names in ArcGIS?

I'm wondering if there is any method to preserve the original field names in Arc GIS when I join csv. tables to a Shapefile. I ask, because sometimes I join tables with 10, 20 or even more columns ...
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ArcMap, ArcCatalog very slow to open on a new laptop with ample resources

I have a recent installation or ArcGIS Desktop on a 64 bit Windows 7 Machine, with 8GB ram, intel core i7 processor, and a solid state drive. It takes ~2 min to open either ArcMap or ArcCatalog from ...
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Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB

Is there anyway to retain/easily transfer symbology from ESRI to Mapinfo? The only process I found was posted in 2010 - https://groups.google.com/group/mapinfo-l/browse_thread/thread/883223ff4ae56809 ...
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How to create a field with a specified slope projecting from a 3D polygon

Im trying to figure out how to create a elevation raster from a known location (3D polygon) that projects at a specified slope (1%) for a specified distance(1-2 km). Does anyone have any idea how to ...
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For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?

In ArcGIS how might one calculate as an attribute value the distance to the nearest polygon of type X? Say we have a point layer of wildlife observations and we want to know how far each of them is ...
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Need to delete all but one feature from a set of features with the same ID, keeping the one with the largest area

I have a large polygon layer in which most of the polygons have a unique name in a text field. Of the hundreds that aren't unique, there will be 2-4 polygons with the same name but different ...
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hardcoding port number in Arcgis License Manager

In the Arc10 Q&A for the 2011 user conference it says a performance gain may be realized by hardcoding the license manager to port 27000, and then instructing the firewall and Windows Defender to ...
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Net Primary production (NPP) calculation

When I calculate Net primary production (NPP) for a local scale, what kind of software should I use? I always use ENVI, ERDAS, ARCGIS and IDRISI. Is it possible to use these programs for NPP ...
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How do I get the count of NoData values in a raster?

I have created a raster in ArcGIS 10 with a large number of holes (NoData) in it. I want to fill the holes using something like the the following: rOut = arcpy.sa.Con(arcpy.sa.IsNull(rGround), ...
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comparing two TINs

i have the following two files: 1) LiDAR las file1 2) Let's give it a name LiDAR las file2, contains the same file1 data, where number of points randomly removed. So if file1 contains X number of ...
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compound variables in model builder?

I'm trying to create a model wherein one of the parameters is a compound variable, that is made of multiple variables joined together. How can this be done? For Example: Create an insider buffer ...
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How to perform a join on simultaneous spatial and attribute criteria in ArcGIS?

I have two point layers and want to perform a spatial join on nearest distance. Normally it is easy with ArcMap. But now I have a restricting condition on the spatial join. The restriction only ...
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“Select by Location” in ArcGIS with numerous polygons

Please help me with this question about "Select by Location". I'm currently using ArcGis 9.3.1 I have multiple "Selector" polygons. Ideally, I would like to select a points shapefile with "Select by ...
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Is there a (better) way to debug Visual Basic Code Block in calculate field using ArcGIS?

From time to time, I have to use Visual Basic in Calculate field. As the code get bigger, the more complicated is to debug it. And ArcGIS (9.3) does not help as the error messages are, in the best ...
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ArcGIS NEAR returns -1

We are running an ArcGIS 10.0 geoprocessing script written in Python that (as part of many steps above & below) runs the NEAR command. Both the input and output datasets (shapefiles & ...
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IDatasetContainer2 CreateDataset method fails after upgrading to ArcObjects 10 [closed]

I have a Network Analyst routine that worked for 9.3 and does not work with 10. I was closely following the example at: ...
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Is there a difference between ESRI's NAD83 Indiana SPW and QGIS's?

It seems ESRI and QGIS don't have the same definition for my most commonly used projection, NAD83 StatePlane Indiana West (US ft). When I create data in an ESRI product the projection shows up in ...
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3d terrain from data in postgres

I am quite new to arcgis and I would like to create a 3d terrain. Now I have a postgresSQL table containing a list of points with their geometry data and the Z value for each point. What I would ...
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How to move SHP to gdb with ArcView license?

What I need to do is move all the files into an mxd to a newly created gdb, chechking prj, and update mxd reference. I have ArcGIS 10 SP4, license ArcView I studied a bit of Python and get familiar ...
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Iterative position within Field Calculator/Python

I'm not great with Python or programming in general, so I'm not even sure how to ask this question. Basically what I've got is in the left column, and what I want is in the right column. UniqueID ...
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Automated correction of parcel geometry based on area measure

i have a set of parcels in DWG file and i have the areas that should be in these parcels in an excel file, so i have to modify each parcel to match the area specified in the excel file with a moving ...
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Arc 10 Python .shp attributes - usings fields to populate other fields - if/then/else statement

Ive been looking for a solution and unable to find one so please help if able: I'm trying to avoid manually inputting Begin and End engineering station values already inputted into a seperate field. ...
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How to auto-create a schema.ini file for a .csv?

I have been given some data in a csv file, which I need to import into my ArcSDE geodatabase. ArcGIS is having problems recognizing the field types, and is not importing some data. It is recognizing ...
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Grid labels in ArcGIS, overlapping issues

I do have 3 grids made by Grids menu in data frame properties. I do need them to display in certain layout and also to behave accordingly to couple of rules (overlapping issues), so I can automate my ...
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How to export Symbology from ArcGIS to Microstation or QGIS?

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 and trying to figure out how to export my symbols of elements in ArcGIS to CAD or QGis readable format. Problem is, that I can only export symbology to Style, or export map to ...
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Merging Two or More Layers

I am working with three clipped layers that are shown in the TOC. I created these layers from a large watershed shape-file. However, each clipped layer includes the layer before it and only expands on ...
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Cutting features in ArcGIS 10

What´s the easiest/smartest way of getting the opposite output of the clipping tool? I just need the area of feature A1 which is not covered by feature A2 in a new Layer/File. Now, I get the result by ...
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Making multiple separate selections from attributes

I am using ArcGIS 10 with ArcEditor license. I have a 10 year composite of month-to-month temperature values for 17 weather stations. That makes 120 months. I have to select each and every month ...
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Blank Environments Setting Dialogue Box

When I right-click inside a clear area of ArcToolbox and select Environments, the Environments Setting dialogue box is blank. The only items available are the buttons on the bottom to close, etc. I ...
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Labeling classes for small roads on large extent maps in arcmap with sql statement

I have many small sub divisions that won't label nice, (lot of overlapping) unreadable. While using the bullet leader symbol. What would be the best statement that would place the labels in a clear ...
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Change The Label Field In GeoFeatureLayer

I currently have a basic shapefile that's a map of the United States. It has the name of the states, populations, and other pieces of information that I can get the names of via the following code: ...
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Code for Connecting to Folder/File to open a mxd document!

I have a dialog box written in ArcOBjects. I am programming the Map button on the dialog box. The user picks a type of station and county. The program goes to folder containing the mxds and opens the ...
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How to generate all possible routes between two points?

I have a network dataset in ArcGIS and I need to generate all possible (not only the shortest one) routes between two given points (A, B). Is it possible to do it with the Network Analyst? Or with any ...