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How to force polygons to the bottom, without compromizing drawing speed?

I have a large polygon dataset and no time to rebuild it to regoranize the Object IDs. Many polygons are drawing above others, blocking their symbol (for example on one side of the polygon). I tried ...
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Dynamically change zoom level of overview map to fit with current extent in DDP

I am using DDP pages in a large mapset with pages ranging from 1:7500 to 1:130,000 and the overview map is zoomed out to far to see some of the smaller zones. Is it possible to set the overview map to ...
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Altering graticule intervals logically in varying map scales using ArcPy and/or Data Driven Pages?

This question appears on many sites and I was wondering if there was a script that is now available that resolves it? Please also upvote the ArcGIS Idea that Reference grids/graticules should be ...
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Can I use Representations (ArcGIS 10) to enclose a group of polygons with an outline without altering data?

ESRI describes representations as follows: A feature class representation is a property of a feature class that allows you to specify and store a series of rules that dictate the way the features ...
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Python and Data driven pages - Advanced use

I need to make a number of maps where only one input changes (a layer with the range of a radio tower) and I want to add the layer, apply symbology, zoom to it, change the title to include the name of ...
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How to plot approximate geospatial data on a historical map?

Our library is undertaking a project to map historical data regarding 18th and 19th century British and American printers and publishers. One of the problems that we have encountered is the different ...
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Examples of Creative Cartography

I am looking for some examples of creative cartographic output. I am planning for something like a mixture of cartography, graphic design and spatial information. The output will be initially in ...
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I would like to show points moving on a map by date

I would like to create a map where i can see points moving. I have table of points for example with a date column, A 01/01/2012 B 02/01/2012 C 03/01/2012 D 04/01/2012 E 05/01/2012 F 06/01/2012 I ...
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Printable Esri symbol sets, a.k.a. style references [duplicate]

Does anyone know of good printable documents of the as-shipped Esri symbol sets, also called Style References? The new with Arcgis 10 ability to search symbol sets is a great boon, but one can still ...
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Most useful program to create an accurate city map for printing?

I googled around and several sources said this would be a good place to ask about mapping so here goes. Thanks in advance for reading! I want to make my own city map (specifically Paris) as a gift to ...
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GPS device taking pictures and saving heading + HDOP?

I'm looking for a device that can do all of the following: Take picture Save lat-long GPS position + heading (angle to North) of picture [so need tilt-compensated 3D compass], in exif or other ...
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What are the main fields of applications of 3D GIS?

I'm doing a scholary research on 3D GIS but i have some problems in finding where they are used. Does anyone know of any real life examples where 3D GIS has been adopted?
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ArcPy gives error Object: CreateObject cannot open map document?

This should be a really simple process but I am having issues. I want to search a workspace for all files with a certain string and then add them to the current workspace with a selected symbology. ...
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Best way to build my own simple web-based map server

I've got a requirement for a project where I need some relatively simple mapping functionality on a web page. I'm familiar with the Google Maps APIs but unfortunately this is a project that will be ...
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Embedding slippy map in Access form

I have an access database which holds several sites. This is linked to a MapInfo TAB file which holds geometry for each site. I would like for our non-GIS users to be able to view the sites in an ...
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How to display Radius after Resizing a Feature in Openlayers

@captDragon has helped me with calling the coordinates of a polygon after I have resized or dragged the feature. Ineed the radius now, i have done a radius alert on my other map,Which works correctly, ...
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Which software to use for designing city plans?

Which software would you suggest I use for designing city plans? The result needs to be an image (jpeg) so georeferencing is not necessary. I have options like ArcGIS, AdobeInDesign, Adobe ...
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How to alter transparency by spatial location

I'm trying to create a map that has a all layers within a subject area having 0% transparency (full opaque), while features outside that area (defined by a polygon shapefile) having a reduced ...
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Forcing long layer names to multiple lines based on specified legend width in ArcGIS Desktop?

Do to various limitations I almost always create static (graphic) legends but I do have the occasional map where impeccable cartography is secondary to functionality hence a dynamic legend is ...
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Intensity/Bubble Map

So I have been tasked to create a visual map of case volume shipped to each region from each of our warehouses. I think the most effective way to visualize this data is to create an intensity (bubble) ...
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How to print to a specific scale with QGIS?

How can I print a map with qgis to a specific scale? E.g. I have a map of Austria (projection: albers equal area) and want a printout on paper at 1: 3000000? Thanks Kurt
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ESRI Silverlight Cartography - Looking at whats not there

I have line data that has been symbolozied in ways that I don't have time to understand and would like to make a map that tells me =). My general question is how to display the lack of data results ...
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How can I apply symbology from two layers to one feature class with common features using ArcMap 10?

Say I have two layer files. Layer file 1 has symbology for feature types A, B & C. Layer file 2 has symbology for feature types B, C & D. In these two layer files, feature types B & C are ...
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Can shaded relief be “blended” with DEM colour ramp in ArcGIS to produce a more visually dramatic result?

Not being able to use true transparencies with ArcGIS colour ramps where only solid colours are allowed has me always wondering about how to improve the look of the surface in my maps without ...
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GIS professionals working from home?

How many of you out there work from home? What kind of company / organization do you work for (private, government, municipal, institution..?). How did you convince your employer it was a good idea? ...
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Plotting a circle on a Web map to view the resulting coverage over a central location

Not exactly a GIS question but I hope no one will mind. Does anyone know of a website (something equivalent to Google Map) where you can indicate a location, give a radius and you can view the ...
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How to show “First Vertical Derivative of the Magnetic Field” survey data on a map?

I will be given a magnetic survey raster and I am being asked to display this on a map as a "First Vertical Derivative of the Magnetic Field". I've done this before with a different older dataset but ...
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Is there an advanced way to label in ArcMap so that the label will not be dropped?

Is there an advanced way to label in ArcMap so that the label will not be dropped?
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How to create an Azimuthal Equidistant map for long-distance radio?

I'm trying to produce world or continent scale maps that use the Azimuthal Equidistant projection. I'm a radio amateur, and to an antenna, the whole world looks like spread out on a flat plane, with ...
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Put the author's name on maps?

I've been informed by my employer of a new policy where I am not to put my name on maps. I've always put my name on my maps in the past and have never run across this policy. Is it uncommon in the ...
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How can save and restore my map's extent with GeoExt?

I'm using GeoExt with OpenLayers and trying to save the extent of the map. while exploring the page, users can be able to save the extent and restore via their browsers. Here is the point that I'm ...
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Looking for good looking maps with nice colors for presentations

I'm currently working on a project where we need some good looking maps with country boundaries displaying the world. We do not need the details of the maps, but the colors are important. It will we ...
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Build and export PDF maps using ArcObjects?

I have a series of featureclasses and rasters generated using ArcObjects and calls to the Geoprocessor. I have the paths to the output, which are located in a file geodatabase. How can I use ...
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Looking for symbology for NAICS codes

I am curious if anyone has come up or has a good graphic style they can share that is symbology for NAICS codes. I have a large dataset that I want to symbpolize based on the 2 digit NAICS industry ...
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How thick in ground units is this line on a printed map?

Sometimes in discussing how accurate this that or the other thing needs to be someone will make the observation that "a line shift of 30m at 1:1million scale is less the width of the line itself when ...
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How to draw on an ESRI.PrototypeLab.Surface? [closed]

i'm trying to draw on the ESRI map enabled to Microsoft Surface (ESRI Map -> Surface) but i can't find the way to do so. The problem is that the Draw method (which come from the ArcGIS API for WPF, ...
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PostGIS (2.0?) - Native Versioning of the Datastore

I recently have been surprised to see there are not too many solutions at all discussing the best methods of versioning datastores which are made available for editing. I am looking for a robust, ...
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Source for ArcGIS Layout Templates?

I am running v10 of ArcGIS for Desktop. I am aware of the OTB templates provided with ArcGIS. - However, I would like to supplement these layouts with additional layouts. I am also aware of the Map ...
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How to map the frequency of overlapping points within an urban area?

I've been asked to do a favor for someone since I'm "the mapping guy" and could use some theoretical help by way of examples since my actual cartography skills are a little rusty. I have a series of ...
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How can I generate a range of pantones for a map?

When I am given a map (or make one...) I often like to get an idea of the range of colours present. One thing this does is it allows me to quickly visualize contrast (helps build maps for colour blind ...
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Examples of geovisualizations of global connectivity

I stumbled upon interesting visualization of global connectivity patterns: 'Major road and rail networks in Africa, along with transmission line and underwater cable data.' (Source, more ...
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How to place multiple symbols on one polygon centroid?

I am using QGIS for visualizing the health conditions of elderly living in an old age home, some of the elderly have multiple medical device with them and I want to show them on the map. Suppose I ...
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Can I alter font size using label expression?

I have two label classes displaying dynamically over my parcel polygons. The owner info is the major label with larger font size and bellow it I am displaying some property type info in smaller font. ...
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Where can I find a high quality real globe of a decent size without axis?

I'm trying to find a physical globe of a high map quality that doesn't have any axis or bearings as the axis mounted on standard desk globes completely obscures the arctic regions. High-quality map ...
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One dimensional map of the world?

Bit of a strange question but hope this is OK to ask here. Has anyone heard of a '1-dimensional' projection of the world map - that is mapping all the points on the globe to a single line? I was ...
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How to emulate this grayscale basemap look+feel in Google Maps

I love the design on the Development Seed homepage, where they've used a grayscale basemap with bold 3D-style graphic markers. It appears that they've used the ModestMaps API to create a tiled ...
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PDF Output for Manifold 8

Does anyone have any recommendations for outputting a PDF of map from Manifold 8? The following printer drivers have all failed to output anything: CutePDF PDF995 eDoc Nitro PDF worked (after 3 ...
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Arcmap 10 corner label measured grid

I am using the corner label feature in Arcmap 10. This allows you to set the "Numer of principal digits" and the "Number of base digits". What do these properties refer to?
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What resources can you suggest for making beautiful online Maps or Mapping applications?

As a GIS developer, my design skills are rather limited. Are there any links, books or resources, that you would suggest to make my online maps more pleasing and beautiful?
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How to reuse Thematic layer definitions in Mapinfo?

I have a map from table. Let the table be TABLE1. Now That I have created Thematic Map from Column1 of this table. Again I executed the following query Select * from TABLE1 where TABLE1.column1 ...