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Nov
3
comment Best practicies when employing a file geodatabase that is going to be used and edited by multiple users?
A good approach, except I'd dispense with personal gdb's altogether for simplicity and performance sake (unless you need to access the data with non-esri tools, in which case p-gdb or shapefiles are your only options). Also nobody has answered the obvious, "No, you can't have multi-user editing in a file geodatabase of the same feature dataset/class."
Nov
2
comment What is a good plotter that works well with ArcMap?
...and I give both Epson and HP a solid rap across the knuckles for making it so damnably hard to figure out their product lines amidst the bewildering array of model numbers that sometimes march backwards or sideways instead of doing what numbers do: count up. For example which of these do you suppose is the successor to the workhorse HPDJ 5500?
Nov
2
comment Best practices for organization and tidiness - How do you deal with multiple copies of layers?
@Tim I believe Feature Datasets are the conceptual decendant of ArcInfo coverages, namely they're to be a means of grouping disparate geometry types that describe a common "thing" into a single basket. So you can have for example watercourses (lines), waterbodies (polygons), and rocks-in-water (points) together. I don't know why they're not presented more directly to the programmer.
Nov
2
comment Hardware and software for capturing bathymetric lake elevations?
that's a good paper, covers data quality analysis as well as setup. Not sure why I didn't find this earlier, thanks!
Nov
2
comment Hardware and software for capturing bathymetric lake elevations?
any further information you could unearth on this setup would be appreciated. It sounds interesting.
Nov
1
comment Hardware and software for capturing bathymetric lake elevations?
I'll ask about post-processing in a follow up question, e.g. how to identify and avoid capture and avoid interpolation errors, etc.
Nov
1
comment GPS to map workflow, for non-GIS folk
Got the skinny on ArcGIS Mobile: it requires ArcGIS Advanced Server, a $50k touch, to set it up and give it marching orders. It does have all the other desired attributes; even so colour me Not Interested. :)
Nov
1
comment GPS to map workflow, for non-GIS folk
@zwaap our in-house data is file-gdb and geotiff. I'm sceptical bitmap base maps would work. The vector file-gdb's are 1.5gb, any raster representation of that will be many times larger.
Nov
1
comment GPS to map workflow, for non-GIS folk
An API is uninteresting because we have no developers on staff. I've been looking into ArcGIS Mobile this morning, from which it appears the esri phone apps are built from, but it's unclear whether it can function disconnected from a network, or if it can be installed on regular laptop or pc, or if it can download from gps (e.g. do more than just live gps display/capture), or can be use without ArcGIS server.
Nov
1
comment Is there an architecture for distributed geoprocessing?
the comment was tongue in cheek. This is clearly a domain where deep focus and extended concentrated study is required. :)
Oct
30
comment Is there an architecture for distributed geoprocessing?
So we have one experienced fellow saying Map Reduce is not good for this kind of problem, and another saying it is good. :) Oh dear, I guess we'll have to wait for <strike>Kirk</strike> someone to try both and report back.
Oct
30
comment Best practices for organization and tidiness - How do you deal with multiple copies of layers?
keep in mind this system grew to be like this over the course of 15 years or so, and is tailored to how we work. There should be some portable elements though. As for interoperability with CAD, keep on ESRI's case to honour their commitment to publish an open API to the file geodatabase.
Oct
27
comment How to prototype GIS workflows in Sketchflow?
I now wonder whether I was expressing just my own personal view, rather than a general community guideline. Please see meta.gis.stackexchange.com/questions/195/…
Oct
27
comment Best practices for organization and tidiness - How do you deal with multiple copies of layers?
I lightly chastised someone yesterday for posting something too big and long, and here I go and do the same thing, just without the pictures. What do you think, is it better to present a cohesive whole or break things into modular pieces, which can each voted up/down on their own merit, but possibly break or hide their integration with the others? Talk about it on meta: Long and cohesive or short and modular
Oct
27
comment How can I upload an annotation featureclass to ArcSDE using C#?
It would also help to have more information, an error message for example, the version numbers of ArcSDE, ArcGIS, etc.
Oct
26
comment Producing multiple PDF plots of mapsheets specified by shapefile key from ArcGIS Desktop?
Arcmapbook, what I call my bundling of DS Mapbook, is not that different from the developer sample. It's primary difference is having everything (documentation, user to user help, bug reporting) in one place. There have been some minor bug fixes and improvements to the install/uninstall process. I've also collected together some of the more noteworthy development extensions but a person needs a VB6 to take advantage. VB6 is hard to acquire, accounting for the glacial pace of improvement. I expect Arc10's data driven pages to eventually supercede everything, though it doesn't do that yet.
Oct
26
comment GPS to map workflow, for non-GIS folk
@underdark, thanks. I've updated the question.
Oct
26
comment How to prototype GIS workflows in Sketchflow?
Thank you for sharing your results Mathias. I'm sure people will find it useful. I didn't know about Sketchflow and will be checking it out. I think the level of detail is too fine and the number of images too many though. This kind of step by step tutorial is better posted on your own blog and then referenced from here in summary. Long detailed answers tend to curtail contributions from other people, the page simply gets too long.
Oct
26
comment How do I change geotiff “no data” color to white/transparent rather than black?
thanks David :)
Oct
26
comment GPS to map workflow, for non-GIS folk
I'm aware of Mark Cederholm's GPSLayer for ArcReader, and we use it, however it doesn't allow the end user to connect ArcReader to their GPS and download the data themselves.