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What raster smoothing/generalization tools are available?

I have a DEM that I would like to smooth or generalize to remove topographic extremes (chop off peaks and fill-in valleys). Ideally, I would also like to have control over the radius or level of ...
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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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Open Source Map Composing Tool

Are there any open source tools which can be used for map composing, preferably GUI based. I use Quantum GIS sparingly but I am interested to know if there are others. The tool must be able to read ...
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Is there a set of standard accessibility guidelines for online maps?

Recently I've been designing maps without navigation tools like the Zoom In/Out and Pan tools, or arrows to pan north, pan west, etc. Instead, most modern mapping APIs support the direct use of the ...
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What are some of the OSX GIS tools

Most Opensource tools are cross platform; however, some GIS tools such as ArcGIS are platform specific (windows only). What are some of the GIS tools that are usable on the mac? EDIT Although thank ...
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How to make a button that calls a python script as a command rather than a script tool?(ArcMap 10)

I believe that in Arc9.3, commands could be created using VBA scripts. To add a custom command, you would navigate to Customize > Toolbars > Customize... and click UIControls. However, UIControls is ...
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Best ways to embed dynamic maps into PDF files

Working in consulting, I found that sending clients PDF file with my embedded maps is one of the best ways to achieve a wow-effect from them. The latest pdf file formats all support the layers feature ...
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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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Can ArcGIS ModelBuilder open Excel file for manual editing, then feed those edits back into model?

I have been tasked with creating a model using ArcGIS ModelBuilder, that initially runs a couple of geoprocessing tasks, before then joining an Excel table to the result of those geoprocesses. ...
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Looking for a tool to convert DD to DMS

I am looking for either an online tool or one that I can download to convert DD to DMS. For example, I want to convert from: 41.590833, -93.620833 to 41° 35′ 27″ N, 93° 37′ 15″ W ... Those are the ...
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Ways to change ArcMap 10 editing tool back to ArcMap 9.3 version

I'm trying to get used to using ArcGIS 10, but in the meantime I still need to actually get work done. I stumbled across a way to change the editor tool from its 10 version back to the 9.3 version ...
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DIY easy and ~accurate small-scale landscape survey

Summary Is there any equipment that I can rent 'inexpensively' (less than $400) that would allow 1-2 people to accurately (+/- 6") capture the topography of hilly terrain of perhaps 250' on a side in ...
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Tools for (semi) automated woodland tracing from satelite images

I'm trying to draw woodlands in OpenStreetMap, using Yahoo sattelite images. JOSM editor has some plugins that try to automate the process - you have to click inside the area and the plugin finds the ...
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How to get full path of layer selected in drop-down box for ArcGIS Python tool

I have a Python script-based tool in ArcGIS. One of the parameters for the tool is an input raster file, which I've set (using the properties of the tool within the toolbox) to be a Raster Layer. This ...
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Temporal Analysis Tool: Seeking

I am looking for an alternative tool (proprietary or FOSS) that matches the functionality of Temporal Analyst for ArcGIS by DHI Software. The best I could get was the QGIS plugin Time Manager ...
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Longitudinal Issues with NetCDF data

I am seeking advice on working with world data sets where the GCS has a positive range (0 degrees to 360 degrees). The data I am working with are NetCDF oceanographic data and have positive coordinate ...
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How to create sidebar help information for custom arcgis script tools?

I have been creating custom gis tools with python via the arcpy module. I can set up the tool successfully with parameters and all, but I cannot figure out how to create help text that shows up on ...
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How to update the length property of a feature class field?

I have a feature class with a string field that I want to update the length from 10 to 25. Is there a way or a tool to update this property without having to create a new field and using field ...
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How to enable GRASS-modules in QGIS?

I have the latest QuantumGIS-1.9.0-master from Github with python-modules support and full GRASS-integration (GRASS-4.6.3-RC2) on Linux. When opening the GRASS-tools plugin, it only displays six ...
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Generating regular sample points in a polygon

Is there a way I can generate regularly distributed sample points within a polygon using ArcGIS 10? I originally used Hawth's Tools to do this in 9.3, however I don't think this is possible in 10. ...
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How do I activate a custom ITool from a form without having to add it to a toolbar? (ArcGIS 10 add-in development)

I'm working on an add-in for ArcMap 10.0 that adds a toolbar to ArcMap. One command (OpenModelessDialogCommand) button on that toolbar opens a modeless WinForms dialog, from which a tool (MyTool) can ...
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Where is the Angle Measure Tool in ArcMap 10?

I can't seem to find it.
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How to determine elevation drop along a stream with ArcGIS?

I need to calculate(estimate) hydraulic head(elevation drop) along a single river stream in order to find potential site for small hydropower plant. I have a DEM with 20m resolution and raster and ...
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Is it impossible to measure Right of Way in ArcGIS?

I'm helping bring CAD people into ArcGIS so that everyone throughout the company is on the same page and there is one database for everything. Right now, one of the biggest hurdles is making sure all ...
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Is GIS a tool or a science? [closed]

Is GIS a tool or a science? There's a lengthy and dense paper on the matter here. Could someone offer a more digestible summary?
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What map source/API/tools are recommended to create Web GIS/Mapping application utilising Microsoft technologies?

I'm researching about technologies (around Microsoft tech) to create mapping application and would like to have advice/suggestions. Brief requirement to build mapping application with Microsoft ...
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Tools for discovering spatial data defects

Spatial data often have defects that may include incomplete polygons, sleathers (non-uniform administrative boundaries), overlaps, having points that belong to more than one polygon, etc. I have a ...
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Distribute points respect to features using Quantum Gis

I want to know if there is any tool to make points with respect to selected features in a theme? Using: vector, investigating tools, regular points you can do it but not with respect to a selected ...
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How to add Radio Buttons to Python Script tool dialog?

I have 3 Point shapefiles for 3 species that contains the accession points of each. The user needs to specify only one species at a time. I need to write a script tool for adding the selected Point ...
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gvSIG advantages

Direct comparison between software may not be the best thing to do but as I can't arrive at a conclusion thought of asking here. Is there any gvSIG user in this GIS community? Looking at the ...
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How can I create a universal ArcGIS 'Current tool' property?

I have a base tool class which handles 90% of my custom logic, but some tools need to set themselves as the current tool. The operations between ArcEngine's IToolbarControl and ArcDesktop's ...
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Viewing current users of map (mxd)?

Is anyone aware of a script or tool that would allow me to view what users have a paticular mxd open at one time? We are using ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1.
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Is there a way to configure ArcMap to persist the HTML popup window size?

I'm specifically asking for when the "Display HTML formatting" is configured as "As a table of the visible fields.", but I think all options behave the same way. My users click the HTML Popup tool, ...
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Closing MeasureTool Window

I'm activating the built in ArcGIS measure tool using the following code: ControlsMapMeasureTool measureTool = new ControlsMapMeasureToolClass(); measureTool.OnCreate(_axMapControl.Object); // set ...
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ArcGIS Editor Toolbar

Does anyone know how to change the properties of a vertex to keep 3 places after the decimal place? My problem is when I go to draw a line and snap to a point, the properties of the line I am drawing ...
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Why doesn't the gml 3.1.1 schema validate with xmllint?

Running xmllint on the gml 3.1.1 schema fails, even though the release notes claim that this release was created to get the schema to validate using 'common tools'. There's questions about this on ...
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Intermediate Data in Python Code

Is there a way to incorporate intermediate data (so that I do not have to select an output save location) in a python script that I turned into a tool? import arcpy, os from arcpy import env ...
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How to fill Field Mappings parameter in script tool on updateParameters?

My goal is to get a list of fields choosen by an user from existing fields in feature class. I think that I can show all fields in Field Mappings dialog, an user deletes unwanted fields and I get a ...
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Is it possible to have tool parameters appear only if clause met?

I'm writing an arcpy script for a tool that has a large number of parameters (around 10). About half of these are "dependent" (perhaps not in the technical sense of the term), as in [first ...
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Dissolve column based on attribute in another column

I have 3 columns within a polygon layer I'm working with. Column 1 = Landowner, 3 different values Column 2 = Parcel, N different values Column 3 = Management type, 5 different values I would like ...
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Online/offline tool for collection of coordinates for simulation purposes

Is there any good free online tool to collect coordinate positions given, say a trajectory; or a polygon. For example, retrieve all coordinates between two points, every 500 meters. Many thanks.
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Euclidean distance tool in ArcGIS refuses to calculate in meters

I have a shapefile with the several roads. I am using the Euclidean distance tool in ArcGIS to create different distance bands from the roads. However, despite being careful to ensure that all the ...
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How can I hide a tool from command window under category

I have created a tool, a button and a dockable window under one project. To open/close the dockable window, button is used. For some specific work, by clicking some specific button from dockable ...
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How do I keep streaming on in ArcMap when switching tools?

I have this problem constantly, because I digitize for work. No one there has figured this out and I was wondering if someone can tell me how to do this, because I'm tired of constantly hitting F8 and ...
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Change Measure Tool units through ArcObjects

I'm activating the measure tool through code by using the ControlsMapMeasureToolClass. I want programmmatically to change the default length units of tool. How do do that?
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Should Identify Tool be used in a Web application?

I was told having a Identify Tool is a bad practice in most web applications. Can anyone explain why or point me to a resource that explains why having a Identify Tool is considered bad design in a ...
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How to return FeatureLayer from gp service(using custom function tool) (.NET)?

My basic problem is that I have a custom function tool HLZCalulation that I created. It takes in a string to a file gdb , opens it, does some calculations, and then returns a featurelayer with the ...
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How to create a feature class from the area in one layer not covered by another layer using ArcGIS?

I am working on a project doing spatial analysis at a statewide level. I am looking at a form of transportation coverage in a state, and part of my analysis involves buffers and drive time polygons. I ...
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“add feature” tool QGIS 2.0 - polygon fill blocks view of what I want to digitize

How can I change the settings on the vector "add feature" tool so the tool fill doesn't block my view of what I want to digitize? This problem popped up after I upgraded to QGIS 2.0 QGIS 2.0 ...
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How do I select by location based on selected features with Python?

Is there a way with Python to do Select by Location with the Use selected feature option? I'm trying to automate a process and am running into barriers. I need to be able to select the 2 lines ...