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How to connect to PostGIS database from ArcMap?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap? Solutions for ArcGIS 9.3, 10.0 and later are acceptable. Ideally, I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the ...
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Optimal video cards for GIS programs

I recently purchased a Dell XPS-8300 (i7-2600|16 GB DDR3 RAM|64-bit Windows7) which I intend to use primarily for GIS programs. I bought a refurbished model because it was much cheaper and because I ...
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Defining projections for multiple shapefiles in ArcMap 10?

I have over 100 shape files that don't have .prj file and thus when I bring them into ArcMap they show the coordinate system as unknown. I know all of the shape files coordinate system is GCS WGS ...
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What is the simplest method to add GPX files into Arcmap?

What is the smoothest route, the easiest user experience, to add gpx files to Arcmap? (update) Basically, ideally, I'd like to interact with .gpx with the same facility as .shp, being able ...
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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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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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ArcMap 10.0 Python Field Calculator, Find/Replace Double Quotes

I'm trying to use the Field Calculator (ArcMap (10)) to strip out double quotes in an address field (I didn't put them in there, believe me). I've tried many incantations but am still unable to even ...
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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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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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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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How to count consecutive pixel values for a set of rasters?

All, I'm using ArcGIS 10 with Spatial Analyst. I have a set of rasters (8 in total) that only every contain a 1 or a 0 for each cell. Each raster represents a different years worth of data. For ...
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How to get selected Features/Geometry from Windows Clipboard in ArcMap/C#?

I have a custom tool in ArcMap 10. The Workflow is the following: Select Features in a Layer with the "Select Features by Rectangle" tool Copy the Features to the Clipboard using STRG+c Select the ...
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Deleting large numbers of fields in ArcGIS 10

It there a good strategy for deleting a few thousand fields from the attribute table of a shapefile in ArcGIS using either ArcMap or ArcCatalog? I know how to manually right-click and choose 'delete ...
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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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What makes a MXD file size larger and how to decrease its size?

I know that MXD contains information about layers, symbology and configuration of default tools. I have a few that are exceeding 50 MB and are starting to take a while to load up. What are some of ...
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Correcting gaps and overlapping polygon (parcels) geometry

I have come across a resource that we rely upon almost daily that is in terrible need of repair. It is not our own product and the supplier is generally not interested in fixing the problem. We are ...
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How to increase the display performance of Bing basemaps in ArcMap?

I'd like to know if there are ways (within ArcGIS itself) to increase the display performance of basemaps within ArcMap. The internet connection was recently upgraded, so it is much faster than ...
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Copy, not export, a table from Arcmap

How can I copy a table, or selection of rows or columns in a table, from Arcmap without going through the pointy-clicky-typey exercise of Export table? The destination of said copy could be anything: ...
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Recalculating full extent of File Geodatabase 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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Which data format typically displays fastest in 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 ...
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Python increasing the filesize of my .mxd

I have a geoprocessing script that runs the following.. arcpy.AddMessage("TEST...") Yes just one line of code. A blank .mxd starts at 391kb for me as I run my script and save the filesize ...
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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 Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from LAS files?

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 want to compare how the Digital ...
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How do you view multiple tables at the same time in ArcMap 10?

My original question was: How do you undock the tables in the ArcMap attribute window? because that's how I thought it should work in the new ArcGIS 10 docking environment. Either it isn't ...
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Stop ArcMap from probing missing data sources on launch

When migrating a map from one environment to another (say, from an existing client environment to our development environment) we're often given MXD documents that represent the map. These documents ...
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Programmatically determine ArcGIS Layer(*.lyr) file version

I've been through IStorage, Microsoft Compound File Spec, ArcObjects deserialization etc. trying to detect the .lyr file version. Using ArcObjects, I can get at the Layer properties, data source, ...
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How can I mosaic images in ArcMap without it affecting the colour?

This is 4 images (NE, SE, NW, SW) sections of imagery. They have some overlap between them. Working with 1m 3-band orthoimagery. Different parts are sometime flown at different times/sources hence ...
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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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Is there a tool or process that will automatically snap endpoints of polylines within a given proximity (ArcMap 9.3)?

A friend of mine created a network of polylines that were all supposed to be connected. However, he just realized that many of the endpoints of the lines aren't connected, but are very close. I told ...
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Dissolve not working in ArcGIS 10

The dissolve tool is not working for me when I use ArcGIS 10. It works perfectly when I use version 9.3. Any help?
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How to split a polygon into multiple equal-width polygons in ArcMap 10?

I am adding parking spaces into a parking lot, and I need them to be exactly the same shape and not overlap each other or have spaces between. In ArcMap 9.3, there was an editing task that allowed you ...
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How can I speed up slow-loading, template-generated MXDs?

I have an ArcMap template (.mxt) file which causes .mxd documents created with it to take 5-10 minutes to load (if it ever loads). Even after stripping out all the data sources and tables, the issue ...
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How to copy attributes from one polygon layer to another?

I have a problem that I can't seem to get my head around. I have two polygon layers: Polygon A - is a subset of polygon B with the same fields and has identical polygons to Polygon B Polygon B - has ...
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How do I insert new-line character into Addin Extension Description?

Apparently the text box in Esri's Extension manager doesn't wrap text (10.0 SP2). As a workaround, I'm trying to insert newline characters into the xml file, but haven't found anything that works. ...
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Setting symbol descriptions of ArcMap layout legends from table?

ArcMap has the ability to show an extended description for each item in the symbol list. How can I populate that property from a table? The goal is to avoid having to edit each symbol one by one in ...
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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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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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Automated/geoprocesing tool to slice, clip, or cut polygons using polylines using ArcGIS Desktop?

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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Arcmap Select by Attribute with Python

I would like the following to select (highlight) the "project" layer that intersects the grid, and then pull a record from the selected "Grid". I do not need to save the layer. Note: Running the ...
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How do I change the data source for all layers in an MXD?

I have an MXD. It connects to about 30 layers in one of our SDE databases. I want to change the SDE database they connect to. Is there a way to do this without having to right-click every layer and ...
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Performing a reverse clip in ArcMap?

Is there a way to perform a 'reverse' of the clip function in ArcMap, I'm not exactly sure how to explain this so here's a diagram:
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Is there a way to turn off all labels in ArcMap without clicking on every layer?

I rarely bother with labels, but sometimes it would be nice to toggle them on/off. Something like the Pause Drawing button, except that it would only turn off labels (all labels in all layers...not ...
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How to round a column in attribute table (ArcMap)

I want to use the Field Calculator in ArcMap to round an existing column to two decimals. Currently I have a column that is 6 decimal places long and would like to simply round it down to 2 decimals. ...
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How to use ColorBrewer in ArcGIS 10?

I've been using ColorTool (based on supreme ColorBrewer) for most of my mapping needs in ArcMap. After migrating to ArcGIS 10 I discovered that it will no longer be a case. Are there any other ...
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Coordinate System Transformation in ArcMap

For the Data Frame Properties on a map in ArcMap, what is the difference between selecting a new coordinate system and using a Transformation?
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Why won't ArcMap 10 snap?

I'm really confused by this. ArcMap will seeminly randomly decide to not allow snapping when editing. Sometimes its only for certain features, sometimes for only parts of the same feature (e.g. one ...
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C# version for ArcObjects 9.3

Can I use C# 4.0 with the target framework set to .NET 3.5 to develop an extension for ArcMap 9.3? Or does it have to be C# 3.0 or earlier?
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Can ArcMap basemaps be used in figures intended for publication?

I'm wondering if the 'imagery' basemap available in ArcMap 10 can be used as part of a figure in a scientific publication? If it can't are there any alternatives, using QGIS for example?
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ArcMap running scripts slower if you import Arcpy

I am finding ArcMap runs slower, if you have written a script, which imports arcpy. You may wish to write a script that can be operated in ArcMap, through the python window, or as a standalone ...
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How to use consistent symbology between multiple stretched rasters in ArcMap?

I have a series of continuous rasters representing the same phenomenon over time, so I need to use the same symbology across them all. So I set the stretched symbology of the first raster, with a ...