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Layers having the same coordinate system should overlap, but they don't. What's wrong?

I put 4 different layers into my ArcMap document, but only one of them will show up on the map! I should be seeing the other 3 layers as well. When I do a Zoom to layer, I can see one layer, but I ...
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Port “Producing Building Shadows” Avenue code to ArcGIS 10

Whuber provided an answer here Producing building shadows? which required using Avenue code. Any idea how to make it work in Arc 10? Thanks in advance.
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How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap 9.3 and 10.0?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap 9.3 or 10.0? Ideally, I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the results back (e.g. spatial and non-spatial ...
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How to add automate values to attribute field?

I have parcel, Buildings layers, without any information attribute table, and i want to replace "NULL" values with numbers form 1 to 2000, in "Parcel ID", or "Building ID" field thank you.
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ESRI ArcMap Add-in with app.settings not recognizing app.config changes

I have an ESRI Add-in developed for ArcMap which requires a configuration file. After spending a while trying to read config values from a single App.Config file (and always getting null) I believe ...
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comparing two DEMs

i have two Lidar las files, one is original let's say with X points. And the other is copy of the first las file but with Y points, where Y is less than X. Now, i wanted to compare how the Digital ...
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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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How to Partition Line into Segments using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a shapefile of U.S. states. I extracted the boundary between two states, resulting in a line segment. For example, the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina. Is there a way to further ...
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How to sort a feature class and then calculate a sequential ID field?

I am in ArcMap and I want to sort the records based on a field and then do a Calculate Field with an auto-incrementing value with the sort in-place. Any ideas? It looks like I could get an update ...
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Calculating Flow Direction and Delineating Basins from Projected vs. Unprojected DEM Data

This is somewhat of a theoretical question stemming from some discussions with colleagues on the topic of implications with delineating basins with projected (e.g., Albers Equal Area) vs. unprojected ...
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Is it possible to have a dynamic table in a data driven page environment?

I am creating a map series that has many polygons per sheet. There is annotation for the polygons however some polygons are very small with no annotation for them (annotation would completely hide a ...
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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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Problem with ArcToolbox tools

I work with ArcGIS 9.3. When I try to run any ArcToolbox tool I receive the message: Window Internet Explorer (Title of the Window) "One or more ActiveX controls could not be displayed because ...
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How to do Math within ArcMap Dynamic Text?

Is it posssible to perform any math on ESRI ArcMap dynamic text? For example I have the area of a SDE park layer's SHAPE.AREA, but it is in m2 because the layer is in NAD_1983_UTM_Zone_17N. I want ...
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Arcmap: attach python script to a button?

In ArcMap 9.x how can I attach a python script to a button?
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Extract coordinates of polygon vertices in ArcMap 10?

I've got about a dozen polygons in a feature class loaded in ArcMap 10, all in geographic WGS 1984. How do I easily obtain the coordinates associated with each vertex of each polygon in that feature ...
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How to change the order of features in a shapefile?

I have a shapefile and I want to change the order of the features. Is that possible using ArcMap?
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How to determine projection parameters when customizing a projection

I am trying to customize an Albers and a Hotine Oblique Mercator (HOM) projection to minimuze distortion in the region I am analyzing. The region extends from about 51 to 62 degrees latitude, covering ...
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Running Arcpy script from ArcObjects

the standard method requires to run arcpy script in commande line, i've struggled with it to run but without a result, i can import arcpy, set the workspace to the geodatabase path and describe the ...
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Is there an automated/geoprocesing tool In ArcGIS to slice, clip, or cut polygons using polylines?

Looking for a simpler method here. I am trying to split up / cut / slice existing polygons by using existing poly-lines. An example would be splitting a water body or land parcel at the point where a ...
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Errors using SelectLayerByAttribute in ArcPy

I cannot for the life of me persuade SelectLayerByAttribute to work (I need to automate this for a complex script). Working in ArcMap's python console on already loaded shapefile, the format below: ...
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Error running ArcHydro tools function in Arcmap

I am trying to run a function from ArcHydro tools in Arcmap 10.1; Sink evaluation. But before it can finish it returns an error message, that, frankly, I don't understand at all. It goes ...
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Select top 5 most items in a geodatabase

I'd like to know what is the best way to select the 5 most expensive items (in terms of actual monetary value) in my geodatabase where i have a price field. Prices are not necessarily ordered but can ...
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Split Polyline at Set Intervals

I have a polyline layer that has been joined to a table and I need to split it at certain distances along the line. The attribute table contains the distances at which I would like to split the ...
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Can *.ssf files from Trimble GPS be imported as features to display in ArcMap?

I have not come across *.ssf files before but I believe they are a Trimble GPS binary format. Someone has asked me if these files which he thinks have line/poly features can be imported for display ...
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How to produce a better inset map?

Attached is an example of a generic inset map designed in ArcMap 10. For all the wonderful things that this software can accomplish, there has to be a more sophisticated way to produce better looking ...
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Which data format typically displays fastest? (ArcMap)

My organization is working on an application running on ArcGIS Engine. Previous versions of the application used primarily Shapefiles for displaying roads, parcels, buildings, etc. Since I was taught ...
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Select distinct values from a single column of an attribute table (or layer)

Is there a way to select distinct values from a column in ArcMap? I have the data in both GDB and SHP formats. I have searched for ways to select using SQL, QueryLayers, ModelBuilder and individual ...
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Calculate area within Python script in Arcmap

I am trying to calculate the area of a polygon within my Python script. I create a new polygon from merging two together, and I'd like to add the area of the resulting polygon to a field in the output ...
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Producing building shadows?

How would you generate building shadows from building footprints? I have attribute values for the heights of buildings. So would preferably like to have the shadows' sizes vary based on that. The best ...
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How to create a checkbox parameter in a ArcGIS custom Python tool?

I am working on creating an ArcGIS tool from a Python script I am writing. I am wondering if it is possible to have a checkbox parameter. Basically what I want to do is have a parameter where the ...
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Recalculate full extent of FGDB feature class

I have a featureclass in an Esri file geodatabase. When I edit the features using the editor in ArcMap, and I delete most of my features and keeping only the ones in the middle, the zoom to layer ...
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How to create paths within a boundary?

I am looking to create movement paths of fish based on observed locations. Since I am looking at movements of fish within rivers and lakes, simply connecting the points to form a polyline will not ...
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overlay county shapefiles for 2 different years

I have county-level shapefile for South Caroline in 1880 and one for 1940. I would like to overlay these two files so that they do the union and indicate the percentage of the land in 1880 that went ...
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Points to Polygon

I've millions of points collected for lithology layer. They have used a coding for different types of rocks. I need to create a polygon around the extent of similar points. What is the easiest way to ...
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How to repair topology of a shapefile?

I performed an object-based image analysis using ENVI EX, and each of the classified features were exported as a shapefile. I transferred those shapefiles into ArcMap 10, and tried to intersect them ...
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Is Hillshade option in ArcMap rubbish or is it me?

Here is a pretty pic of the raster I am using - with no effects applied - just the color ramp and historgram adjusted to show out all the relief - all be it in a very 2D way! I have a raster layer ...
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Shapefile to SVG with ArcMap (while retaining country attributes)

Does anybody know how to export the Natural Earth 1:110m shapefile to SVG with ArcMap while retaining the country attributes? From SVG I'm gonna try to convert it again over to RaphaelJS to achieve ...
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Inserting newlines in Rectangle Text elements via ArcPy causes overlap

I ran across an issue the other day when I tried to use ArcPython's mapping module to edit rectangle text elements with newlines (\n) in an ArcMap document. Here's what the output looked like: ...
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Change from layout view to data view using python? (ArcMap 10)

Is there a way to change from layout view to data view using python? I would prefer to do it using arcpy.
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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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Volume of water in a basin with reference to incremental height of DAM

I have a DEM of my area. I did watershed analysys with archydro. I want to calculate "Volume of water in a basin with reference to incremental height of DAM" Is there any method, tool to give output ...
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ArcGIS - make linear regression across multiple raster layers

I have a series of 5 rasters which represent a value for 5 consecutive years. Is there a way to create a linear regression for each cell over the 5 layers and output the slope? The result would be a ...
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Listing features in the order they were selected

This is an ArcObjects-specific version of this question: Create Array From Selected Features Based on the Order in Which They Were Selected Is there a way to get the selected FIDs of a feature layer, ...
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Measuring data load and redraw times in ArcMap

Rephrasing of the question slightly to address some issues. Is there are standard way of measuring load times for data, specifically sybolised data, within ArcMap? In particular, we're comparing ...
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Raster as Attribute Field Error

I'm using Arc 10.1. I am creating a parcel inventory where I would like to have a photo of the property attached as an attribute and view-able with an HTML popup. I have a polygon feature class built ...
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How to change Symbology of Multiple Layers at once?

Is there a way to change symbology for multiple layers in ArcMap or ArcCatalog. I want to change the symbology of multiple layers at once.
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Is there any way to set polygon features fill color and outline programmatically?

By some process I am creating a polygon feature layer. Before adding the layer in the map, I want to set polygon's fill color to no color and set polygon's outline color and width. I am working with ...
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How to create a button in Arcmap 10 to run a Python program?

I have a script that I want to run within ArcMap when a button in a toolbar is clicked, and so far I have only been able to make the script into a script tool. I need it to run as a command, not as a ...
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How to create regular soil sampling grids?

I need to be able to set up a soil sampling grid at regular spacings of around 50 - 100 meters. Then export the points to a GPS so I can be guided to the points. I am new to GIS and have tried to do ...