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Dec
27
comment How to a sync file geodatabase across multiple office locations?
@gleeks, I've not used RichCopy. In principle I think it should work as well. Even DOS copy and xcopy would work, though at the expensive of a great deal of redundant data transmission.
Dec
27
comment creating a dem from contours
@Vassilis, yes that's right. One must purchase it first, and there is no downloadable demo or trial version that I'm aware of. You could likely arrange for a demo/trial by talking to the author (Mike Hutchinson) or the Australian National University.
Dec
21
comment How much RAM can ArcMap use?
@Mapperz We tried posterjet and gave up on it, after many thousands of dollars in licensing, in favour of the open source pdfcreator. True we lost some features (speed, arranging layouts), but we also got rid of sysadmin management headaches. That was six or seven years ago, maybe they've fixed the issues we ran into. Our largest pdfcreator print to date I think is 42"x96". Some of that story here yukongis.ca/oldsite/DoItYourselfPostscriptPrinter
Dec
20
comment What's your view on the direction of GIS?
@Hairy, I guess our tomorrow's have differing lengths. ;-) We've been using gigabit for 7(?) years. A wonderfult boon, I remember well the pleasure of changing out the 100mbit NICs. On the other hand it didn't change how we work that much, whether we eat our dinner remote or local. The most substantive change has been how much we pile on our plates. And even with gigabit in our building, the connections between us and our branch offices are substantially less, let alone the Great Cloud There. I fully expect that someday location will not matter, I just don't see that someday as "tomorrow".
Dec
20
comment Converting File Geodatabase Table to Access 2007 ACCDB table programmatically?
@dklassen, in that case what about using table-to-table to export and then suck them in on the Access side as linked tables? If the table names are predictable or static every time the Access db is opened they'll be current.
Dec
14
comment What's your view on the direction of GIS?
To answer the subject line, the direction we are moving is to the cloud. I'm not sure that is what we should be doing, wholesale. I'm happy to make use of new "out there somewhere" resources and tools. However I don't think it wise to replace desktop with cloud without taking a careful and thoughtful look and what is lost and gained for the particular problem domain.
Dec
14
comment What's your view on the direction of GIS?
@Hairy, our office uses an end to end gigabit network, and it's too slow to source all of the data on the network servers (which are less than 100m from our office). There are still significant processes that need to be done locally.
Dec
14
comment What annoys you about your GIS Environment?
Some time ago I analysed how much of my time during the previous year was spent munging data from one format to another, and often back again because no one application does everything we need. The answer? Fully 65%.
Dec
8
comment Speed of various raster data formats
+1 for the point that random access, or read of arbitrary location, is very different from a sequential one after the other until the whole file is done read. I may be off base, but I think Geotiff also supports tiled-storage and arbitrary access, it's just that by strip/row is the most common and widely supported. Also these days "very large files" in GIS tend to be in the multi GB range. ;-)
Dec
8
comment Why does ArcGIS “forget” my specified default GDB for a map document (mxd)?
re: "default default" can never be changed, please see and vote for Ability to permanently change the default location of the Default Geodatabase
Dec
7
comment How can we protect GIS data?
I wrote an answer, then decided my answer was more of a debate, so sent it to chat instead: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/2637119#2637119
Dec
6
comment What projection appeared in the NYTimes this morning?
There's a little bit of discussion on the Cahill-Keyes projection at gis.stackexchange.com/questions/1775/…
Dec
6
comment How thick in ground units is this line on a printed map?
very nice, thanks! It would nice to have it at a stable location. If you're amenable to the idea I'll look into what it would take to host it on the GIS.se blog (I'm not sure if we can put in arbitrary javascript).
Dec
6
comment How thick in ground units is this line on a printed map?
@whuber, point taken. That said, I would still find such a table of common scales useful. I guess 'cause I'm not very handy with math (given the up-votes, I have company). For example while composing this post, which took 30 minutes or so, I had a spread sheet open in which I started putting together a scale table. My table didn't arrive at the same number a dmahr's answer below. I also had at least twice as many calculations involved, which likely contributed to my wrong results. ;-)
Nov
14
comment Is there a way to decrease the auto-hide delay for dockable windows in ArcMap 10?
@JayCummins, I'd post and accept that as the answer. True it doesn't address the Q as asked, but sometimes the best answer is one the comes from outside the initially conceived scope. ;-)
Nov
14
comment GeoTIFFs made in GDAL don't have min/max range when loaded in Arc/QGIS
Hi Cyrus, welcome to GIS.se :) While correct your answer is unlikely to attract votes for two reasons. The arcpy calculate statistics tool puts the stats in an external .aux file and the poster asked for "into the geotiff directly". Secondly, although Arcgis is mentioned in the title, the body of the question and it's tags indicate the poster is really more interested in a gdal/qgis solution. In any case, thanks for contributing and please keep it up. It's a bit of learning curve to get started but I think you'll find over time that the effort repays itself.
Nov
10
comment Tools/processes that avoid the need for raster to vector converstion?
As whuber notes the general thrust of the post is interesting and bears exploring. It's a quest though, which is distinct from a question. I think you need to break it down into a series of questions to get answers which are truly useful.
Nov
9
comment Why does PDF fail to print in ArcGIS10?
I consider PDF creation very much in scope. It's the standard for exchanging print files, and cartography is all about printing (yes even in this web map world). Cartography is a superb litmus test for the quality of the data model. If you can draw international, national, state, provincial and territorial boundaries, each individually symbolised, from a single feature class you have a good, rich data model that also supports multiple types of analysis. If not, well, there's some work to do. ;-)
Nov
9
comment How can I export raster data from Arcmap to an R *.grd file format?
Thanks @whuber. It helps to be reminded to look at the text of what's actually presented, and contrast it with the meaning I've built up in my head over time. There's been some continental drift!
Nov
9
comment Want to use GDAL in Arc10 toolbox via subprocess call
Rich, which of the two methods outlined worked for you? (just curious)