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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 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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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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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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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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Adding a new field in ArcMap from data of an existing field

I want to create a new field with years data. There is an existing field with the timestamp YYYYMMDDHHMM. But I just want the years from that field to the new field. That way I can display just the ...
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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 ...
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How to add command developed with C# to ArcToolbox

I have a command that develop with c# . I want to add this command to the arctoolbox . is there any way to add command to arctoolbox in arcgis programmatically ?
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ArcGIS/arcpy: Can a variable be set to reference an in_memory workspace object?

This is an offshoot question related to a question I posted earlier. I have the following arcpy code that inputs a Python list of polygon geometry objects to the Union_analysis tool, which then ...
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are there any methods can choose all field and make the SUM for each fields or I must do it one by one?

I will try to be more specific and really I need help In my personal geodatabase there are two layers:- one of them is small -- about 13 records/features. The other is about 118 records/features. ...
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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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How can I use a neural network in GIS?

I'd like to learn how to use a neural network in GIS. I surfed in the internet to find good resources or a tutorial about this but I couldn't find any helpful resources. Are there any good references ...
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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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How to enable SEXTANTE toolbar in ArcGIS 10.1

I have just upgraded to ArcGIS 10.1 from version 10.0. I am trying to add the SEXTANTE tools to ArcToolbox. I have followed all the instructions from the SEXTANTE website. I have also tried the ...
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Use arcgis with SQL Server 2008 as a backend

I'm wondering how best to use arcgis] and sql 2008 together. At the moment we run manual imports and exports between sql 2008 and arcgis 10 shape files. With sql 2008 having a geography data type I ...
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Performance - using multiple file geodatabases as opposed to one

I'm trying to decide the best way to organize my data for an ArcEngine application. I am particularly interested in map display and query speed. Currently I have all of my data separated into separate ...
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Speeding up my Python calculated field

I am new to Python and have started to create scripts for ArcGIS workflows. I am wondering how I can speed up my code to generate an "Hours" double numeric field from a timestamp field. I start with ...
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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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Efficiently finding the 1st order neighbors of 200k polygons

For every one of the 208,781 Census block groups, I'd like to retrieve the FIPS IDs of all of its 1st order neighbors. I have all the TIGER boundaries downloaded and merged into a single 1GB ...
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Can I connect (& edit) to a postgresql database with arcgis without arcSDE?

After trying in vein to get spatialkit and zgis working with my postgresql database in arcgis 9.3 and 10 , I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with these products. My postgresql database has ...
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What is the best practice for data management? [duplicate]

I have always been curious how other folks are storing their spatial data. Outside of an enterprise environment where much data is stored in enterprise geodatabases, is it better to store data per ...
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Using ArcGIS 10 on a virtual machine with OSX

I'm currently using ArcGIS 10 on a Windows 7 64 bit Macbook Pro (2.53 Ghz and 8GB of RAM) using VMWare. However, when I am using ArcGIS I find it quite slow even with Windows 7 (64-bit) optimized for ...
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How do I add a shapefile in ArcGIS via Python?

I am trying to automate various tasks in ArcGIS Desktop (using ArcMap generally) with Python, and I keep needing a way to add a shape file to the current map. (And then do stuff to it, but that's ...
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Best place for (structured) ArcGIS tutorials

I've been through University for a Geography degree and am now working on a PhD in Remote Sensing. As part of my undergraduate degree I did a couple of GIS courses, but they concentrated mainly on the ...
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Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?

Since it was asked in Beta and I want to know the answer, I post it here.