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Oct
22
comment What's the value of being GISP certified?
better than "I do not have..." would be something like "working on GISP certification". Even if you have little intention of going all the way, every hour spent working on GIS is going "towards certification" since experience counts in the cert process.
Oct
20
comment What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server?
@dassouki: thanks for giving me the prompt to add thinks like Illustrator and image conversion. Prior to that my thinking was following the crowd trend and not looking to the wider world. :)
Oct
20
comment What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server?
I've used Inkscape a few times for map projects at home. It's okay for small and uncomplicated compositions, but quickly gets very slow and loses responsivity as the number of objects grows. I hope this changes as I quite like the program aside from that.
Oct
20
comment What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server?
I am aware Mapinfo is not dead to the industry, it is not used anymore in my region and those I interact with though so it might as well be - to me. Same caveat for ArcView and ArcInfo (which I still use, but not so much anymore).
Oct
20
comment What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server?
for some operations gdal/ogr is orders of magnitude faster (ref)
Oct
20
comment What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server?
Specifically What can we do to make Community Wiki better?
Oct
19
comment how can i convert an excel table to a shapefile with correct scale in arcmap?
when I follow Jakub's instructions with your file and zoom to the extent of the dots the view scale is 1:86,870. Perhaps try saving the .xls as .csv and try that instead. I used ArcMap 9.3.1. See imgur.com/c3NuR.png
Oct
19
comment Managing ArcGIS floating licenses
Definitely interesting. The full program is a free try-before-buy install, which gracefully degrades to lite mode at the end of the trial period (30 days, which can be extended). Lite mode can be used indefinitely. OpenLM is comprised of a server app that monitors the ESRI License Manager, keeps stats of usage, and reporting functions. Then there is a client app on each workstation that handle the graceful shutdown etc. of idle sessions. At this time (fall 2010) pricing is $110 per ESRI License + 20% annual maintenance.
Oct
19
comment GDAL and Geospatial PDF on Windows
gdal 1.8 is not listed in the package listing, or current versions though presumably it will be eventually. Neither is the critical poppler dependency. I do have gdal18dev.dll in the bin directory but gdalinfo etc. from gdal-dev package do not seem to use it (gdalinfo geopdf-file.pdf gets an error). Question updated to say I'm interested in the end user utilities.
Oct
19
comment Managing ArcGIS floating licenses
Nice succinct wording, added to ArcGIS Ideas
Oct
18
comment Is there a way to decrease redraws in ARCGIS?
by "pause labels" do you mean turn off labels?
Oct
18
comment Plot files in ArcGIS
I suggest asking a new question specifically about pdf and moving text elements (though at I guess I'd say it has something to do with font substition and not embedding fonts). Also please consider accepting answers to your questions. People aren't as motivated to help someone who doesn't appear to be responsive in turn.
Oct
18
comment The arctic circle moves?
Clarification for the last sentence: according to How precise can we be with latitude and longitude? 1 second of latitude is almost 100 feet, therefore the Circles change about 0.5 seconds per year. This works out to 150m every 10 years, assuming constant rate of change, which it likely isn't. 150m is 3mm on a 1:50,000 hardcopy map, which is 3 times more than enough to send one back to the drawing board when one's cartographic-excellence minded supervisor sees it.
Oct
18
comment Why do simple joins on small datasets slow down ArcMap so badly?
@Jay: yes Swingley was the first to put the key stone in place, and got 3 upvotes for it, however you went further and described a method. Everybody wins. :) We seek to build more than just the right answer, but also the best. They are not always found within a single container simultaneously.
Oct
18
comment For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?
Bugs in spatial joins? I'm happy to open another question on known bugs in 9.x spatial joins if the specifics can be described.
Oct
18
comment For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?
In 9.3 this ran swiftly and gave results (readers take note: this alters attributes of input feature class), however the values are not right for this use case. All points in the input layer were said to be X metres from the same individual entity in the comparison feature class instead of the closest polygon. I did not investigate to see alternate parameters would give better results. I accepted the defaults. A reading of the help topic indicates this should have worked.
Oct
18
comment For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?
Thanks, in 9.3.1 this worked provided the destination was within a file geodatabase. Attempting to output to shapefile yields the error "Can't create output feture class. The Field type is invalid or unsupported for the operation.[Overrride]".
Oct
18
comment For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?
thank you for providing info on how to properly use the tool, going beyond "here use this, it works"
Oct
18
comment Why do simple joins on small datasets slow down ArcMap so badly?
@Jay: please add your comment as an answer, because that's what it is (and then it can treated accordingly by the system). :) @Micheal: the same toolbox tools are used for adding indices to all feature types regardless of storage format attrib-index, spatial-index
Oct
16
comment Why do simple joins on small datasets slow down ArcMap so badly?
@Micheal you are factually wrong. File geodatabases have absolutely nothing to do with Access and are sometimes faster than SDE ref You are thinking of personal geodatabases, which are indeed an Access .mdb and quite slow. You are likely correct that adding an index will speed things up (so post it as an answer!)