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Program to create EMF that conserves transparency

What open source tools allow for the creation of EMFs that conserve transparency in ArcMap? I tried VeryPDF and Any DWG to Image Converter, neither on actually gave me a vector file that provided ...
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Interpretation of ArcGIS Kernel Density legend parameters

In ArcMap 9.3 I've used Kernel Density to map various incidents, but the resulting shapefile doesn't display any units of measurement. Is there a good, not-to-technical source that would explain in ...
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phong lighting scheme in arcmap?

I have seen a few DEM/hillshades in published journal articles that use a phong lighting scheme which gives surfaces a metallic luster. Does anyone know how/if this can be achieved in arcmap?
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Trouble creating a query table

I need to join one feature class and one table. This is a one to multiple join, therefore, my only option seems to be by creating a query table. My problem is that the fields I want to join do not ...
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How to create floating-only window in ArcMap?

I'm looking for a way to create a floating window in ArcMap. To give an example just look at the window of the Identify tool. Floating means that it stays in front of the map document at all times ...
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How to check via Arcpy if ArcMap is currently in an edit session or not?

I've created a Python add-in button that helps speed up my coworkers workflow by copying one feature class attribute to another. It uses the arcpy.UpdateCursor function to update a row in the target ...
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Can I access Trimble logged positions in ArcMap10?

We recently walked a fence perimeter with a Trimble Ranger, auto-logging positions at 5 second intervals in a generic point file. The exported file acknowledges over 800 points, but only displays the ...
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How to keep track of changes (version control) to MXD files?

I am trying to use ArcMap for the first time, so please bear with me and don't down vote the question. My superior at the work place has asked me to do some research about the life cycle of an .mxd ...
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How do I convert many .dxf files to one gdb file?

I am using ArcView and ArcCatalog 9.2 with the Data Interoperability extension and I have 159 .dxf files that are comprised of 6 files; a dessin DAO, an annotation DAO, a multipatch DAO; a point DAO, ...
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ArcObjects Class Extension - core events not being fired by an editing tool

I think I've just hit a major limitation with how ArcMap (10) deals with class extensions on a Feature Class but I would first like to make sure I'm not missing something or seeing a bug. I have a ...
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How to persist a polygon to SQL Server database and vice versa?

How do I extract all the points from a Polygon drawn in ArcMAP and then persist that data into a SQLServer database table containing a geometry column and then when I've got the data persisted read ...
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ArcMap Natural Breaks Classification

I realize that ESRI is calling their implementation of Fisher-Jenks proprietary. Given the performance with mid-sized datasets, either a significant optimization or a sampling method are being ...
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How do I remove unwanted attributes from spatial join using ModelBuilder?

I am new to ArcGIS 10 and am currently building a model. This is a brief rundown of what I am doing at the moment. I have 2 shapefiles: one a polyline and the other is point data. I have joined both ...
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How to use the multiple attributes feature in ArcGIS 10

I am trying to make a map using US census data showing vacant housing to total housing on the same map. I came across the "multiple attributes" feature under the symbology tab and wondered if this is ...
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MXD Performance - number of layers vs number of datasets

My mxd currently has 5 buildings layers accessing 5 different buildings datasets (one for each of 5 counties). Most often there would only be a single county's buildings in the current view, if that ...
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ArcObjects: modifying feature field value

I'm developing an ArcMap extension and looking for a way to change feature attributes knowing its feature class and OID (and, presumably, everything else that there is in IFeature). All layers use ...
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ArcGIS 10 add-in: Bring dockable window to front

I have an ArcGIS 10 ArcMap add-in written in C# .NET 3.5 that implements an ESRI.ArcGIS.Desktop.AddIns.DockableWindow (which also inherits from UserControl) and an ESRI.ArcGIS.Desktop.AddIns.Tool that ...
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How to disable and enable drawing in ArcMap 10 using Python?

The script that I'm writing repositions two data frames and sets their extents. When doing this, it redraws the entire Active View 4 times, slowing the script substantially. Pressing F9 or clicking ...
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How to divide polyline into 1-mile increments?

I have a river shapefile that I need to break up into 1-mile increments. The polyline is 53 miles in distance, so I should I have about 53 mile markers as a result. I have tried the Divide tool, ...
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Need help to convert 9.3 code for registering .dll to 10.1

This is my code to register my DLL (im using ArcMap 9.3) Private Sub regDLL(ByVal dllName As String) Dim asm As System.Reflection.Assembly = System.Reflection.Assembly.LoadFile(dllName) ...
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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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How do you symbolize a feature class layer in ArcMap 10 based on one attribute's value and then another attribute's value?

I currently have a point feature class that has a couple of attributes that I want to use to symbolize its layer. One of the attributes is called ExceedsTolerance, which either has "Y" or "N" for its ...
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Analyzing Flow direction in Geometric Networks in ArcGIS

I have a task in ArcGIS which involves using Geometric Network and right now I am experimenting with Set Flow direction function from Utility Network Analyst toolbar in ArcMap. I've read section Flow ...
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How to make a group of polygons larger?

I need to edit the vertices of about 30 polygons in an equal way, how would I go about this? Alternatively is there some method to just increase the size of a group of polygons 200%?
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How to export aerial imagery as layers in layered PDF?

I want to show aerial imagery as layers in my pdf, so people can turn them on and off (e.g historical images). However according to ESRI images become merged when exported as a layered pdf. What is ...
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Geometry from multiple selected features into one geometry

Lets see if I can explain what I'm trying to do. First of all I have developed an AddIn for ArcMap that can take one selected feature (Polygon) on a layer, grab the geometry of that feature, and save ...
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Arcmap: save all layers in Table of Contents to layer files

Using python, how can one save all layers in the Arcmap (v10) table of contents pane to layer files on disk?
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Count number of unique raster pixels in polygon using ArcMap?

I have a polygon shapefile and I want to generate a table of a count for each pixel value in each polygon. My main goal is to find out what pixel is most abundant in each polygon. I am using ArcMap ...
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Are there any good alternatives to the Maplex (ESRI) labeling engine?

I am running ArcGIS 10 (ArcView) with the standard labeling engine. I am very familiar with Maplex and have used it in the past but it still lacked the "feature-linked" functionality given the type of ...
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Can conversion of MapInfo WOR to ArcGIS MXD preserve styles and coordinate systems?

Is there any ways to migrate from MapInfo's data with WOR project file to ArcGIS MXD project file without leaving all styles and coordinate system? I know that I can convert from TAB files to SHP ...
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How to arcpy.Describe() a layer when script is run from outside of ArcMap?

The following code will work if I run it from the ArcMap Python dialog, or from a GP tool, but not from PyScripter IDE: import arcpy mxd = ...
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Identify polygon overlaps within single shapefile

Using either QGIS (1.9) or ArcInfo (9.3.1) I'm trying to identify unique overlaps of prehistoric building footprints from an archaeological site recorded within a single polygon shapefile. While the ...
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How to do advanced Python labeling in Arcmap?

Does anyone have a good reference for advanced/complicated labeling expressions in Arcmap? I am attempting to write a Python label expression that would involve multiple label definitions. Here is ...
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Select and copy features in ArcMap using Python add-in tool

I'm trying to add a tool to an add-in toobar to select features from an existing feature class and copy them across to another feature class. I need two tools, one for a point and one for a rectangle. ...
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How to Display the World Map in Projected Coordinate Systems

I am trying to create a simple presentation map and I download the global level country boundaries shapefile from http://www.diva-gis.org/Data. The layer coordinate system is in Geographic Coordinate ...
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How to Comment Out Definition Queries

I use Definition Queries a lot in my daily GIS life, but one of the many things I've found annoying about ArcMap is the inability to comment out Definition Queries. I'd like to have this option as ...
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Is it possible to modify the ArcObjects IProgressDialog2?

It turns out that the best way to run long tasks in ArcMap is to use the IProgressDialog2. The BackgroundWorker in combination with ArcObjects (STA Threads) is a mess. However, it seems that the only ...
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ArcGIS 10 Field Calculator doesn't notice selection/Attribute Table problem?

I just have an annoying problem with the Field Calculator in ArcGIS 10. I selected specific points of a Shapefile I want to calculate, but FC is always calculating all fields. Unfortunately there is ...
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Fastest way to test if raster contains data within a polygonal area

I am writing a python script for a geoprocessing tool in arcmap. I have a polygon in WGS 1984 Web Mercator (Auxiliary Sphere) and a raster grid, raster1, in WGS 1984. I reproject the polygon to ...
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ArcMap Draw Camera Range with ArcPy

i am working on some camera data. I have some points which consist of azimuth, angle, distance, and of course coordinate field attributes. In arcmap I want to draw shapes like this: The shape is ...
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Setting “REAL” work/scratch workspace in ESRI/ERDAS etc

I thought the issue was only in ARCGIS but it seems that ERDAS does the same thing. I have my C with 1.7TB and my D with 10TB and my scratch set to d:\scratch but still ERDAS (and ESRI) fills my ...
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How can I determine what fonts are used by an mxd?

A client has sent me an mxd and a file gdb. When I look at the symbols, they don't look good. I think they need to send me some fonts. Is there some way I can use arcmap to determine the name of ...
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Geometric Network - Listening to network feature connection changes in the IObjectClassEvents::OnChange event

I need to be able to tell when a particular type of feature, that participates in a geometric network, is having its geometry automatically modified due to the geometric network. What i mean is that ...
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COGOing Legal Descriptions

I successfully used the COGO traverse tool to create a polygon for a piece of property described in a legal description. My issue arose because it did not line up with data I already have of the area. ...
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How can I edit/create new Normal.mxt template in ArcGIS 10.1?

I used to work with .mxt templates often back in version 9 and 8 but things seems to have changed since then. I realized that my new documents are loading a style file I don't want to to be loaded ...
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How to Automate ArcGIS map production?

I am currently working with high volume ArcGIS (9.3.1 & 10) production of PDF files, part of the companies requirement is that a database (Access 2003) needs filling out with each map, this needs ...
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Adding kernel density output to map with ArcPy

I am trying to emulate the behavior of the Kernel Density tool from the ArcMap 10 GUI in a script; in other words, I want to calculate the density of a dataset, and add the visual result to a map. If ...
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BigInt data type in SQL Server mapped as Text in ArcMap

I have a table in a SQL Server 2008 database containing a BIGINT data column. When I tried to import it into ArcMap 10, it automatically converted as Text of 8 length. This caused the records that ...
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Automate export of ArcMap legends

I've been building legends for my javascript websites that use 9.3.1 services. I know there's the ESRI legend tool for older services but I don't feel that it does a good job of producing legend ...
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Is it possible to change spatial reference (and reproject) feature classes in-place, using ArcMap/GeoProcessing?

We have an Esri based system in production; a complicated data model with a large number of feature classes. We need to migrate the data to another spatial reference. The feature classes have class ...