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Who uses FME Python extension and how?

I saw a great interface to FME with Python What you guys are doing with it? I want ideas.
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How to create a circle in arcpy

Suppose I have a dataset where each record has an x,y and r (the centroid and radius of a circle). How can I create a polygon feature class containing parametric circles? Sorry to those who have a ...
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How does one access a featurelayer in SDE via Python?

I am trying to use Arcpy to run the CopyFeatures_management script so that I can copy a featurelayer in SDE. What do I use for the input (and output, for that matter, since I'll be copying the layer ...
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How to format dynamic text element in Data Driven Pages [closed]

Is there a way to format the Name element generated as dynamic text from Data Driven Pages. This element serves as my title and it is too long and needs to be wrapped onto another line.
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Is it possible to install 9.3 Desktop Administrator as a standalone program?

I have ArcServer 9.3 installed on a server that I use for running scheduled Python geoprocessing scripts. I have several running, and now I'm trying to schedule one to rec/post, delete and recreate ...
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using shapely: translating between Polygons and MultiPolygons

[EDIT: the solution to this was simply to use OGR to read shapefiles. See geographika's example.] In an ESRI shapefile, there is no distinction between Polygons and MultiPolygons. Furthermore, there ...
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How do I group layers in Mapnik?

I might be thinking about this all wrong, but right now I'm using Mapnik's OGC Server, and using that WMS with OpenLayers. How would I group multiple layers (say country, water, state borders) into ...
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Point (of a linestring) within Polygon using ogr and Python

I'm currently working on a project in which I need to build a topological network out of the geometry features I find in shapefiles. So far using Ben Reilly's open source project I've managed to ...
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Merge overlapping lines in ArcGIS

I have a polyline shapefile containing a number of lines, some of which overlap. By overlap, I mean that they follow exactly the same path for some of their route, but also have bits that are not ...
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How to divide a polygon into specific sizes using ArcGIS?

I have several thousand irregularly shaped polygons in a shapefile. I want to be able to split each polygon into three areas, and to specify what the size of those areas (they sum to the previous ...
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Scriptable alternative to ArcScan (particularly vectorising lines within tolerances)?

Sadly the answer to Can you access ArcScan from a python script? suggests that it is not possible to script ArcScan from within a python script. Therefore, does anyone know of any alternatives to ...
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ArcObjects ITextSymbol.GetTextSize in Python revisited: usage with StartDrawing and FinishDrawing methods

I am using ArcGIS 10.0/ArcObjects and Python 2.6. I am trying to get the usage of the ITextSymbol.GetTextSize method correct. The syntax, as established in an earlier question, is: dblx, dbly = ...
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Why would “import arcpy” hang Python script run from DOS/cmd prompt?

I have a very small test script (test.py) that I use to see if Python is installed and ready to use ArcPy. All it contains is: print "Starting" import os print "OS imported" import arcpy print "ArcPy ...
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Programmatically alter AliasName for fields defined in layer file (not underlying source)

Is there a way to alter the AliasName on a layer file only, and not the underlying shapefile or feature class? I have a few hundred layers that define joins between hundreds of tables with census data ...
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How should I use GDAL to perform a transformation?

Greetings, I am a student who wishes to use GDAL to transform a series of images from Lambert Conformal Conic (EPSG: 9802) to Google Earth's WGS 84 (EPSG: 4326) for a web mapping project. I know ...
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ArcMap/ArcObjects - Drawing graphics onscreen: Explanation or tutorial for Draw/Refresh/PartialRefresh methods?

I find myself woefully lacking in understanding of when, why, and how (which type) to do screen draw/refresh/partial refresh. For instance, in a standalone Python script outside the application ...
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Python, comtypes and ArcObjects: Error creating AppROT object

I am experimenting with comtypes and ArcObjects under Python 2.6.5 and ArcGIS 10 SP1. I'm using the pure Python method to wrap the ArcObjects OLBs described in this answer, but getting an error in the ...
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ArcObjects ITextSymbol.GetTextSize in Python: Why are the out params equal to 0?

This is related to the question I asked earlier about the syntax for this method under Python and comtypes. Now that I know the syntax and am trying to use it, the returned out params are equal to 0. ...
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ArcObjects: How to get from IFeatureClass on annotation feature class to IAnnoClass?

I am working in Python 2.6 and ArcGIS 10.0 through comtypes, so I have full ArcObjects access. (See the answer I tacked onto the related question "How do I access arcobjects from python?") That ...
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ArcObjects ITextSymbol.GetTextSize in Python: How do I define two input variables that get populated by the method?

I am using Python 2.6 and ArcObjects in ArcGIS 10.0 to build and draw, among other things, graphic text on the current display. At one point I need to use the ITextSymbol.GetTextSize method. In a ...
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Defining projections for multiple shapefiles in ArcMap?

I have over 100 shape files that don't have .prj file and thus when I bring them into ArcMap 10 they show the coordinate system as unknown. I know all of the shape files coordinate system is GCS WGS ...
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calculate value using maximum value from different feature class

I'm trying to get the maximum numeric value from one feature class and use that value in an expression to calculate values of a different feature class. fc2.bldg_id = max(fc1.bldg_id)+1 Can this ...
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Python Question - how do I extract a part of a string

I'm building a tool in python and for that I have a question: I have a string such as "Denver.dwg Group Layer\Denver.dwg Annotation". How do I assign to a variable (for later print) only the first ...
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Best way to find the polygons crossed by a line

I'm trying to find all the polygons crossed by a single line (a GPS track). I'm using the OGR library (from python) for computing this, but it's currently a bit 'brute-force' (and slow). For every ...
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update one shapefile attribute table with values from another dbf table

I try to explain here what I am trying to do: I have one shapefile and one independent dbf table with the same fields. In the dbf table all the fields are populated but in the shapefile attribute ...
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automated georeferencing

I am attempting to fully automate the process of georeferencing a load of .png files - i have xml file containing the co-ordinates - but how can i use them? Does anyone have any advice?
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selecting by attribute and specific value replace

I want to select all of the features by attribute where the attribue in myattrib is like... Selection "criteria H". That is not a problem. However then I need to replace (myattrib," H", "") except ...
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Problem with setValue() function in ArcGIS 10

I'm trying to add data to an attribute table in ArcGIS 10 using the following code: def make_floor_no( shapefile ): "Makes header for number of Floors (FLO) and calculates value" fieldName = ...
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Unique Character Generator Help

I am working on a script that will populate 3 letters into a field. I have to use letters due to field limitations and to make sure that I have enough combinations. I'm not really sure where I am ...
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Looking for a pythonic way to calculate the length of a WKT linestring

I was quite unsatisfied with Calculating Length of Linestrings in WGS84 in Miles. It kept me wondering if there is a more convenient, Pythonic way to calculate the length of a WKT linestring according ...
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How to create a script tool that will create a copy of a feature class and offset it by a given distance? (arcpy)

I want to duplicate a polygon feature class and offset all of the polygons by about 10 feet in both the x and y directions. I asked if there was any way to do this last week, and I was informed that I ...
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how can i convert a shapefile to lat and lon boundaries?

i have a shapefile of country subdivisions and i would like to extract an array of bounding lat and lon for each division.. is it possible to do?
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Python for GIS on a thumb-drive

I'm looking at putting together a light Python install on a thumb drive that I can take to client offices and do some basic GIS processing. I'm thinking of installing the following: PyScripter ...
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Segmentation Fault (segfault) when using OGR CreateField() in Python

Receiving a segfault when running this very short script in Ubuntu. from osgeo import ogr, osr shpfile = 'Census_County_TIGER00_IN.shp' def cust_field(field): '''cust_field(shpfile, field) ...
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How can I calculate the orientation of each side of a polygon in ArcGIS 10?

I want to examine the orientation of each line in a polygon so that I can calculate their solar exposure. Each polygon represents a building, and has an associated height. For the moment, I just want ...
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How to populate an undirected graph from PostGIS?

This question is more related to resources that I might not have identified yet, although I've been searching the web for a while. In the project I'm working at the moment I need to run a ...
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Setting units in python using ArcGIS 10

I want to calculate the area of each polygon in a shapefile. How do I control what the units of measurement are? def getArea(shapefile): """Print area of polygons""" Rows = ...
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Problems setting up eclipse (with PyDev) for ArcGIS 10

I'm trying to use eclipse with PyDev to program in python. In Windows 7 x64, I've added a PATH environmental variable (PATH C:\Python26\ArcGIS10.0\python.exe;) and what I thought were the relevant ...
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Adding shapefile as layer in ArcMap via Python scripting?

I am trying to automate various tasks in ArcGIS Desktop (using ArcMap generally) with Python, and I keep needing a way to add a shapefile to the current map. (And then do stuff to it, but that's ...
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Resources for learning Python programming with generic GIS goals in mind?

In your opinion, what is the best book/site to learn Python with GIS goals in mind? By "best", I mean: not very long (book) easy to understand (book/site) good practical examples (book/site) For ...
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GDAL Pixel Functions question

I am writing a program in python that converts raster files using gdal, and using VRT as an intermediate format. One of the things that i need to do is convert bands between different formats. I am ...
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How to implement value-by-alpha map in GIS?

I've been doing some background reading about cartograms recently and stumbled upon interesting alternative - value-by-alpha maps. Concept is described in more details here and full paper is ...
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Maturity of Mapserver mapscript C# bindings?

I've been thinking about possibly porting an internal custom GIS application built on top of Python / PyQt / Mapscript / GDAL-OGR / PostGis to C#. I was wondering about the maturity of the C# ...
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With CTM how can I get the latitude and longitude bounding box of a geoPDF?

Embedded in a geoPDF is info on the CTM - Coordinate Transformation Matrix. I am unfamiliar with this CTM. I know how to use python-numpy. How (or is it even possible) for me to use the CTM ...
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Altering composer label items in QGIS with Python

I'm only new to QGIS and Python so this may exists already, and hopefully be easy to do. What I'm hoping to do sometime in the future is build a map book generator using QGIS as the base. In order ...
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Run a python script every time the page is changed in Data Driven Pages? (ArcGIS 10)

I'm setting up a Data Driven Pages mapbook mxd for a series of parking locations. I have dynamic text that updates according to the current map sheet, but I also have text that needs to update using a ...
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Any python script to convert a geoPDF to a KML embedded with a jpg link?

I have many geoPDFs. I want to turn them into KMZ or KML+JPEG using a python script. Any suggestions? SEE CODE BELOW
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How do I build a form within ArcMap?

I am building a file geodatabase using ArcGIS. The gdb is going to be distributed to dozens of 'stand alone' machines. End users are expected to populate the gdb with data. End users do have ArcGIS ...
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Running ArcGIS 10 Python script on a unix server - is it possible?

I've written some python scrips that use the ArcPy module to do some pretty intensive processing. I'd like to be able to run these on the fast unix server we have in our department so that I don't ...
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'Select by attribute' using python in ArcMap 10

I need to select a feature using SQL before zooming to it in python. What I'm looking for are replacements for the commented lines in this code: import arcpy parcel_num = "123456" mxd = ...