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ArcGIS Line Fades, Possible?

Is it possible to fade the ends of a line? I have a map the shows the city of limits and because of its shape, there are some areas outside of the city limits where we don't have major road data in ...
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Create map(s) to help determine site selection

I have the task of creating a map in which the objective would be to help determine a site for a conference. I have the following data: Addresses of possible conference attendees (I have already ...
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Align Symbol to Line

I'm using ArcGIS 10.0 - ArcInfo license. I'm a fairly new user. I'd like to align rectangular symbols perpendicular to to the lines that reside nearby. I have two layers. A layer containing lines ...
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Placing all labels in ArcMap non-overlapped by extending arrow/line from label to point? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a way to place all labels on a map non overlapping, but by extending an arrow/line from the label to the point. I've tried the call out box, but I couldn't find a way to ...
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How to make a contour map from a list of points and values? [duplicate]

I need to create a nice map with contours that represent various thematic data on a scale of a country, for instance, average temperatures in Germany. I have a list of coordinates with the values, ...
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Making flood map greyscale in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have produced an article for publication and I have just been informed that I must produce all maps in colour and greyscale as the printed journal is only published in greyscale but the article will ...
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Using multiple map layers with different extents. Any suggestions.

I have three layers I need to try match up at the borders. This is not a projection problem, all layers are projected to Albers NAD83. The base layer (Green) is 30m DEM, with a US boundaries layer on ...
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How to map data from USGS NAS database, using HUC?

I am querying the USGS NAS (Nonindigenous Aquatic Species) database. The collection data for the results that are returned don't include lat/long points, but have an HUC (Hydrologic Unit Code). I have ...
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how to extract country border from openstreetmap

I'm trying to extract the Jordanian country border from an openstreetmap. When I click the download link for the file, the following page opens: My question is: How do I save these XML tags as an ...
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Alternative cartographic software programs?

I am looking for an alternative software product for cartography other than ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. The graphic quality in ArcGIS outputs is substantially poor when compared to outputs in ...
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Change countries boundaries color in a shapefile with R

I am working with R to create a map with a shapefile. I would like to change the color of the countries boundaries but I don't know how to do that. Is it possible to change the color? Here is my ...
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What Type of map is this?

Looking to find the exact type of map that the following is : It looks like a hill-shaded topographic map, most likely DEM, but I'm not sure. I need to know for certain so i can contact the map ...
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How to create grid to divide large map into smaller sections using ArcGIS for Desktop?

This seems like it should be easy but I just can't find anything online that tells me how to do it. I have a map of small remnants of forest along creeks for an entire county in California. I need ...
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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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How to display two line traffic road map cartographically?

I have two line traffic map. I want to display this maps roads as image below. This images show that when I zoom out from map, roads are showing properly.. And two line road never disappear from map. ...
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Qgis Text/Annotation as layer

Is there a way to add text/annotation to my map in QGIS as a layer? I have a map of vegetation types an point data the text (field names/flurnamne) should be between these two layers. It there must ...
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How to select a line from a osm shape by osm_id

I'm using TileMill to make a map, but I can't seem to be able to format a specific item with a specific osm_id via mss. I have a shape file added as a layer #line: Then, in the features list of ...
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How to add vector KML data in an excel table

How do I take a KML (or XML) vector map saved on my desktop showing for example a election ward and then import it into excel as a data input in a field of data. I have information in excel for ...
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GRID in MapInfo

I just want to ask for assistance how to create Grid thematic map in map info. I have 5 different points.with different color code. kindly please give the step by step. and im using Map Info.12. ...
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ArcGIS Server Map Service - Best Way To Visualize Coincident (Identical) Point Features

I have an ESRI Map Service serving out several point layers with 10k+ point features. Because of these high feature counts, I use a dynamic map service where a symbolized image is generated on the ...
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Using GIS tools for non-geographical problems

Many other fields have visual/"spatial" problems that can potentially be solved with GIS tools. I know I've used GIS tools for the odd non-geographical task and was wondering how much this happens and ...
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What is GIS for Indigenous Peoples?

I am working on a short course for a group of indigenous 10-15 year old children in a couple of weeks and want to start the program with a short intro (90s) of what GIS is and how it can help them. I ...
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CartoDB - can we overlay 2 visualizations

Suppose we make two map visualizations from a loaded polygon shapefile in the CartoDB free online system. Could we overlay these 2 maps on top of each other in a web page using the CartoDB.js API? ...
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How to create transparent text?

I am trying to insert a watermark into a map using ArcGIS. As you can see from the screenshot, I have the text in place, although I need to make the text transparent (e.g. 50% transparency). I used ...
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How to prevent labels from one layer from overlapping features in another layer

I am working ArcMap10.1 software. When I was labeling on point feature automatically label fall on line. Label must not fall on line. I'm not aware how to solve this issues. I have attached an ...
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What free software can be used for print-quality map production? [closed]

I am creating art prints using spatial data. I use ESRI software every day for my regular job, therefore I am proficient in GIS. However, I can't afford ESRI software for my art projects at home. ...
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Is it possible to emulate “Swiss style” shaded relief with ArcGIS tools?

Is there a way to create a Swiss style (or other hand-shaded-like styles) shaded relief from a dem using ArcGIS tools alone?
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How to account for Colour Blindness when designing maps?

Depending on what you read, 7 to 15% of the general population has some form of colour blindness. That's a significant amount of people. Do you try to account for this in your map designs? If so, how? ...
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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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How do I make a map where overlapping symbols increase Opacity?

I was looking at some maps like: Map from Ship Logs or the Facebook worldwide friendships Mapped (via the Flowing Data blog) These Maps look good because single lines are almost transparent, and ...
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Poster or Map Presentation Guidelines?

Is there a website that will guide me through for various kind of paper size to create a/ or several presentation for digital or hardcopy maps/ or poster with different fonts, display area, title and ...
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Why is the OSM map itself is not visible in my qgis window?

I'm new in working with QGIS. I have tried to download an OSM map of Rome and its surroundings into my QGIS. As far as I am concerned, I have followed each step which I could find on various ...
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Breaking a range of values into buckets for a gradient

If I have a range of values and want to make a choropleth map with a gradient, what algorithms are out there to determine the value ranges for the different colors in the gradient? For example, if I ...
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Good websites for map-lovers?

Do you know some good websites for map-lovers? I often visit strange-maps, cool-maps, makingmaps and hipkiss.org. Do you know others?
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How to build a map that highlights only one state?

I'm a journalist working on maps of several Alaska databases. I'm learning as I go and have a question that's probably very basic, but very important for my projects: Using CartoDB, how can I create ...
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Equatorial Scale

I have seen Equatorial Scale written along with the RF on the World Map in many Atlases, for eg., "Equatorial Scale 1:95 000 000". What does this Equatorial Scale mean and what is the significance of ...
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What is the web map marker called?

I'm referring to this icon I'm just curious as to its origins and what the name of the symbol is. If memory serves, Google Maps introduced it and the other mapping libraries adopted it. Would ...
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Mapping Superfund Sites using ArcGIS for Desktop? [closed]

I am trying to create a map of all Superfund sites in the U.S., and of course it isn't as easy as I thought it would be. I think I have downloaded all the necessary information, but can't figure put ...
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Alternative to Symmetrical Difference (Analysis) in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am trying to create a buffer that includes the green buffer where it is not intersected by the purple buffer (Purple buffer is mostly under the green buffer). I don't have the symmetrical ...
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create a weight raster for a hydrology analysis

I determine affecting parameters of flood flow ( evaporation,vegetation,soil type, rainfall etc.). Then, I start to analysis using Arc Hydro. How do I relate among of affecting parameters? How can ...
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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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Automatically creating index features for a strip map in QGIS

Is there a free/open source equivalent ArcGIS's Strip Map Index Features geoprocessing tool? I'd like to use QGIS's "Atlas" mapbook functionality, but creating the index layer manually would be ...
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Looking for guidance to create a hydrological map with QGIS and/or GRASS

I have QGIS and GRASS installed . Basically i need this program for making maps something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HuPX7JS7ZA I downloaded DEM from ...
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Generating Layercube Format

If not using CartoDB to host your data, how can we modify the input parameters to point toward a layercube file,, and how to generate that file?
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How do I overlay a KML on leaflet 0.4.4

I am using Leaflet 0.4.4, I have a KML I would like to overlay on the map, how do I go about doing this? Edit: I am already aware of https://github.com/CloudMade/Leaflet/issues/14, which directs ...
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How to create shape file and show in map using Python?

I have calculated distance between longitude and latitude by import .csv using python. Now I want to show this points or distance between points in map. So how can i do it by using only python? and ...
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Print Selected Area in Map in Arcgis javascript API

I'm working on arcgis javascript api, and I'm trying to implement a selection print tool, I'm new to this api, and don't know how to select area of the map, and after that, print the selected drawn ...
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Resources for Learning 508 Compliance/Accessibility Requirements for GIS Figures

Does anyone know of any quality resources (books, papers, presentations, websites) for learning about 508 Compliance/Accessibility requirements in relation to cartography (GIS figures and templates)? ...
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Is it possible to draw a 3D Choropleth Map in ArcGIS?

What I have in mind is something like these two examples below: Also, if it is not possible to create a 3D choropleth map in ArcGIS, is there some other GIS software package that can draw 3D ...