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what dictates the drawing order of overlapping features with in the same layer/feature class in ArcGIS?

I know that in ArcGIS drawing order is controlled by layers, and if I want to make some features be drawn on top of other features I can use definition queries to separate them into different layers ...
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How to export map in draft mode?

ArcMap 10.2. I want to export map in draft mode. Without layers. Only few rectangles displaying main part of map, legend, scale bars, north arrows, margins and guide lines. E.g. something like ...
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Uniform Annotation Font Size in Multiple Data Frames

I'm making a map that has five inset maps that display a smaller map scale where point features are more dense. I have exported my labels to annotations in the geodatabase so that I could fit the ...
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How to display nebulous boundaries between regions with indistinct edges?

I'm trying to map the boundaries between regions which don't necessarily have a hard edge. For example, areas where languages predominate don't have a distinct edge, but instead have a degree of ...
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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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Is there any experience using Computer Games to display GIS data?

besides being a GIS use I'm a big computer game fan. Games like Civilization, Minecraft, World at War and many others have a very powerfull engine to display huge maps in a beutifull way. I was ...
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What is the the color gradient at borders called?

Many paper maps have an effect around the borders where there is a gradient from the darker color of the borderline to the lighter color of the area fill. What is this effect called? See ...
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Are there any NTS index maps showing the most recent update?

For the Canadian National Topographic System, are there any index maps available that do not only show map numbers throughout the country, but also the most recently available update for each map? As ...
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Which bins should be used for demographic data for a choropleth map?

I'm currently working on a project which produces a choropleth map similar to a map like this: http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54512470/Telefondaten_VIZ/index.html That map has 2x5 classifications ...
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Leader lines not rendering when converted to PDF

This is very puzzling, I have an annotation feature class stored in a geodatabase that contains labels with leader lines. The leader lines show up perfectly in the .mxd, it is only when I export to ...
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Problem with merging and dissolving a shapefile in R

I am migrating from ArcMAP to opensource GIS. I've succesfully installed R and many packages in a Ubuntu 12.04 machine. I am used to linux and programming in C, but not to R and its syntax. I am ...
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arcpy to perform “select by attribute” and display the result on the map in a table [duplicate]

I am thinking to use arcpy to select by attribute, after that I want to display the selected features attribute in a table on the map, how can I make it? Thanks in advance.
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Is there general Earth Projection in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm starting a new personal project and I need a little bit of helping on setting it up. First off I'm trying to determine the area of a rectangle that is 1 mile in width and the circumference of ...
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My class using ogr to calculate distance is returning incorrect results away from the equator

In an answer to this question ustroetz kindly provided some sample code for use of ogr to do lat/lon distance and point in polygon calculations. I've created a Python class based on his example to do ...
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Why has Web Mercator (auxiliary sphere) become the web map standard?

I understand what the difference is between the Web Mercator projection and Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (WMAS). I also understand that both Google and Esri have adopted this projection as their ...
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Including two different maps in one QGIS Print Composer

How do I use print composer in QGIS 2.0.1 to produce a final product with two different maps on the same sheet? I can't figure out how to use the 'add a map' button to add anything other than a ...
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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 are common ways of presenting features that share coordinates? [closed]

When I encounter features of the same class, but with identical coordinates I lay them out in a spiral arm formation. I chose to pick the initial radius and angle at random (can't recall my actual ...
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Ohio State Plane to Lat/Lon

I've looked into a few other posts/libraries as far as converting between State Plane (Easting/Northing) to get a Lat/Lon value, however I've run into some trouble. I saw here ...
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Arcgis javascript - pan and zoom simultaneously

I'm using my android device to test the arcgis javascript API 's touch support. I noticed that by default, I cannot pan and zoom the map at the same time, like google maps. Am I missing something? A ...
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My fusion table map with search not working

My maps are not working. It shows the search box but not the map: // ]]></script> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ var map; var layer_0; function initialize() { map = ...
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How do i create a flow line map for my data?

I am trying to illustrate a passenger travel flow map from a road terminal to several destinations on a road layer. I have QGis and ArcGIS, but I don't know much on how to start the work. I already ...
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Overview of statistical maps/charts types

I know of a few ways to visualize statistical information on a map, like choropleth maps, prism maps or simply displaying little bar-charts or pie-charts near locations on a map. But there must be a ...
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Printable Esri symbol sets, a.k.a. style references

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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Creating Legends for QGIS 2.0 Feature Blend Mode Outputs

I am working on visualizing ~4100 buffered point features. The shading of the buffers is keyed to a field in the data. Because the buffers overlap, I turned on multiply in the new feature blend mode ...
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How to improve cartography by processing map exports with GIMP?

I am about to make a map with a heavy emphasis on cartography. I would really like to spice it up by processing the image in GIMP and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for bringing the ...
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Polygon gradient fills / tint bands in QGIS

Is it possible to use a gradient fill on a polygon in QGIS? I would like to have my polygons with a colour at the edges, fading to clear/white as it moves away from the edge. The majority of the ...
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PostGIS ST_MapAlgebra Assistance

I would like to perform the equivalent of the below ArcGIS raster calculator equation in PostGIS using the ST_MapAlgebra function and return it as a tif using ST_AsTIFF. Con(("Sol_gain_clipped.tif" ...
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I need help with saving Graphics to the a map

I have everything working just like I need it to, but when I add a new graphic to the map it does not save it. So I will add it, close the application, and when I reopen it the graphic is gone. I have ...
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Legend in FlexViewer - Only show classes that are visible in the current map extent

I am using ArcGIS Viewer for Flex to create web map. The legend widget can be set so that the legend in web map to only show layers that are available at the current map scale. This is great but I ...
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Can I sell maps to third parties if I have Google Earth Pro License?

Not sure if this question is suitable for SE but I can't find answers anywhere else. I work as a GIS Analyst for a mining company that has its own GEPro license. As part of my job, I make PDF maps, ...
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How to write labels with varying significant figures/decimal places?

I have results that range from ex. 113,009 down to 0.00495 - Can someone recommend a way to write/construct a label expression for the following in ArcMap: • If less than 1, use 2 decimal places ...
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offline OpenLayers with MapQuest not showing (openlayers asking wrong tile names/zooms

i´m beginning on GIS, trying to show maps offline, from the disk. I got the tiles from MapQuest, level 6 to 12. I´m trying to show them with OpenLayers but it´s only showing empty rectangles. ...
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How to create a value-by-alpha map in Java?

Someone has post similar question as mine before : similar question But my objective is slightly different. I have a shape file (.shp) (a country map) I would like to write a piece of java code to ...
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Learning classical geography - recommended literature et.c

I've been working in the field of GIS for a few years now, and there are some disciplines of knowledge where I lack a good degree of education. My educational background is that I've studied computer ...
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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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R : convert a spatial polygon objet to spatial polygon data frame

My goal is to modify an existing shapefile by merging certain polygons. After importing the shapefile and using the UnionSpatialPolygons command, I get the polygon outline that I want. However, this ...
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Buffer is giving me a different distance [closed]

I'm using ArcGIS 10.1. When I Buffered I changed the environments to compare the two different projections. WyLAM is a statewide Lambert Conformal Conic projection used for Wyoming. State plane in ...
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How can I add Raster Map as permanent layer òr Level to Microstation .DGN file

Hei Am having Raster Map and would like to visualize permanently whenever the DGN Opens , I dont wish to attach them as reference in Raster Manager but rather save it as one of the Level in ...
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Openlayer map not loading

Just another OpenLayers problem Plugin is installed correctly but when I add a layer I get following message. (CRS is on Pseudo mercator) Can anyone help me out? An error has occurred while ...
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Key for a Heat Map

I have a question about heat maps and the correct way to describe the results. I have a dataset of small historic territorial units which vary greatly in size in different parts of a country. I want ...
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How to get a list of map scales programmatically in ArcMap?

I need to get all map scales, which are shown in the ArcMap scalebar. I need list of value, something like: 1:1500 1:3000 1:6000 1:12000 1:24000 1:50000 1:100000 Does anyone know how to get it?
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Best way to create/draw a map (especially indoor)

I'm currently developing an indoor map/room plan for an university project. I've already searched through stackexchange to figure it out but I couldn't find anything similar. So what I currently do ...
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ArcGIS legend columns

I am making a legend in ArcGIS 10, and have a few layers with a large number of classes. When I try to display the legend with two columns for that layer, the second layer always lines up with the ...
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Open Street Map: converting to country -> administrative unit -> city database

To moderators: If you think this question is too broad, please point me into right direction before closing, I'm desperately looking for help. I'm stuck on my task and I don't know what to do. The ...
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How can you insert a custom symbol?

How can you use a custom symbol for either dot density or proportional symbol maps in QGIS? Is there a way to import a symbol of your own such as a drawing or image that you can create or download ...
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Is it possible to use USGS .shd files in QGIS?

Has anyone successfully used QGIS with US Geological Survey shd files to map geology - specifically to display colors and geological symbols (dip/strike etc) stored in a USGS supplied shd file. ...
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Help choosing most suitable bivariate choropleth mapping coloring scheme

I am trying to overlay a nominal variable (2 categories - rainfed vs irrigated) in a choropleth map over a numeric variable. In order to highlight the difference in pattern among the two ...
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How to prepare automatic text labelling for legend using arcmap?

I need to label for text with legend without ungrouping layers. I have attached an example image to show the expected output model I am looking for your guidance. Thanks in advance.
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How to use directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect?

The attached screenshot of a National Geographic map shows some beautiful directional shading of boundaries. I'm trying to reproduce this sort of shading for a burn perimeter map, as I want to ...