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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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Applying version control to ArcGIS Models

Version control is an indispensable 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which is the correct projection in ArcGIS for EPSG:3857/900913?

I want to publish a mapservice in ArcGIS server, which will be overlayed on Google Maps or Bing Maps. For this, the Map Service needs to be in EPSG:3857/900913. The Google Maps projection is supposed ...
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How to bypass errors in arcpy for/while loop?

I have a handy script tool that loops through a workspace and renames and copies shapefiles to a feature dataset. However, if there is a corrupted shapefile somewhere in the workspace the script ...
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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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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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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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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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How to determine if trees within forest gaps are clustered?

The attached dataset shows approximately 6000 saplings in approximately 50 variable sized forest gaps. I am interested in learning how these saplings are growing within their respective gaps (i.e. ...
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Ecological geospatial conundrum

I am looking for a different, more elegant solution to a spatial statistics problem. Raw data consists of an x-y coordinate for each individual tree (i.e. converted to a point .shp file). Although ...
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Methods for optimizing multcore processing in ArcGIS

I am interested in learning methods to utilize the full extent of multicore processing power available on a desktop computer. Arc states that background geoprocessing allows the user to utilize ...
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The simplest way to uninstall any and all ArcGIS products?

What it is the simplest and most straightforward way to uninstall any and all ArcGIS products more or less in one go that might be present on a Windows machine? perhaps scriptable? Add/Remove ...
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How to rename large amounts of spatial data?

I have approximately 1500 raster files following this format: m_3609922_nw_14_1_20100425 I need these subsetted to, for example: 3609922nw. What are appropriate methods to rename large numbers of ...
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How to split points by polygon?

I am looking for a way to split points by a county polygon feature class. The attached image shows two feature classes: one composed of points and the other a county polygon feature class. The split ...
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How is the default label field chosen by ArcMap?

I have 2 questions: I know how to manually go to Layer Properties>Labels tab>Label Field and choose my label field. I also know that I could set up my primary label field and save the setting as a ...
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How do I select only those features, that are connected?

I have a polygon layer of water reservoirs and a polyline layer of canals. In my data, some canals are originating from reservoirs, and leading to other canals. On the other hand there are some ...
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Call FWTools (ogr2ogr) from ArcGIS python script

In ArcGIS, I want to use a Python script (and a standard ArcGIS script tool UI) to call functionality from FWTools. How would I make the call to FWTools? I tried using ...
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How can I export a sketchup Model to ArcGIS's Multipatch?

I have a very large model made in Google Sketchup v 7.1. I would like to export this to a Multipatch featureclass, so that I can view it in ArcScene, with other 3D data. I have tried several things, ...
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How to convert bearing, distance, xy coordinate measurements to point shapefile?

I have a natural resources dataset where individual seedlings in canopy gaps were recorded from a center "legacy tree" within each canopy gap. Each sapling has the following measurements associated ...
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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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ArcGIS median value from a layer

I've been hunting around ArcGIS 9.3 and having no success at finding a tool/function that can give me the median (not the mean/avg) tabular value of a spatial database. For example, if I have a data ...
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Backwards compatible python scripts in ArcGIS

As I move through my small collection of python scripts written for arcgis 9.3 I'm discovering that many things work with little or no changes in arcgis 10. For example this pattern "just works": ...
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Select “interior” lines of a polygon-to-line layer

I have a polygon featureclass that has adjacent features. Using Arc10, I am turning those polygons into lines using the "Featureclass to Lines" tool. Now I would like to select ONLY THE INTERIOR ...
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How to combine corner-touching polygons into a single feature

I have created a polygon layer from rasters, and only have a single classification ID (and calculated acres) for each polygon. I would like to "dissolve" all touching features into larger, individual ...
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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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Reset local memory in ArcMap 10

I often am unable to delete files due to a lock or need to reset the data frame coordinate system. Very often starting a new session of Arc will allow certain geoprocessing or data management tasks ...
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Multiple ring buffer with attributes

Building on ArcGIS: inside buffer with attributes?, I'd like to be able to create multiple ring buffers, while retaining (and possibly dissolving on) attribute values. How can this be done?
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ArcGIS Field Calculator Python numbering rows of fishnet

I have a grid of 100*100 cells. I want to add to each cell a number representing the row it is in (like in excel). I added a field and want try to solve that with field calculator: The code is ...
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Create an optimized point layer derived from a road layer so that the driving distance between each point is x

Consider a classic state-wide or country-wide roadway network. I want to create a point layer, where each point is on the roadway network. This point layer will have each point separated by its ...
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List Elements or Datasets of a given Layer

I am sorry of this might sound like a noob question but I cannot find any answer from google. I used arcpy to do batch processing of Network Analyst - Make Service Area layer of thousand of stores. ...
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MapFish Printing Capabilities: WFS?

we are evaluating whether MapFish Printing module fit our needs or not.. From a 2010 presentation http://2010.foss4g.org/presentations/3234.pdf, it says MapFish printing has following readers: Web ...
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Model builder question regarding iterations (newbe : ( … )

Ultimate goal is to pull data from a Feature Class, group out the different types of Lease Status (field), run a dissolve and sum calculation on each new layer/FC then merge all new layers/FC's ...
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How to use ET GeoWizard tools or Xtools Pro in ModelBuilder or Python to automate processing?

Is it possible to use ET GeoWizard or XTools Pro tools in automation of mapping in either in ModelBuilder or Python?
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Simplify Shapefile

I have a shapefile that contains neighborhood boundaries that I want to simplify. Right now I am thinking of converting the shapefile to Google maps KML so I can insert the boundaries into the map as ...
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How to get all features in current extent

I like to add text information to each feature in the shown map extent in my MapControl/PageLayoutControl. Adding the text is not a problem, but I couldn't find a way on how to get the features. Is ...
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Force the decimals to use the comma in Field Calcuator ArcGIS 9.3.1

Can I add the comma "," to force the decimals to remove from the attribue and replace with the number? For example, I have an Acres field column that says 506320.0750 and I want to replace the decimal ...
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Problem with NDVI image value

I'm really happy to find this website. It is very helpful for the learners of Arcgis. Now I wanna ask a question. When i open NDVI image in ENVI, its value is still within the range (-1 to 1). But ...
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ArcObjects VBA: Setting Spatial Reference for Geometry Bag

Greetings, Within the ESRI SDK resources there is an example of combining polygons by use of a geometry bag. The following code appears: 'Define the spatial reference of the bag before adding ...
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Is it possible to create a python script to rec/post versions?

I’m trying to set up a python script so that I can schedule our rec/post to run on a server. I’ve created a model with the Reconcile Version tool, with the option to Post checked on. I then export ...