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hewer of maps, old time techie, newbie developer

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Sep
7
comment Discontinuous or Interrupted map projections?
-1 for mapproj, which (from the docs) only supports the single point form of Sinusoidal, "sinusoidal() equally spaced parallels, equal-area, same as bonne(0)". +1 for Myriahedral which is definitely discontinuous and looks interesting. The software used appears to be private though and not available.
Sep
1
comment No way to De-authorise ArcGIS Server? How to get license back?
Same here with ArcGIS License Manager for concurrent use desktop users. First round of authorizations went okay. Then we purchased some additional arcview and extension licenses. The second batch appeared to authorize okay, but a few days later "just disappeared" from the license pool. I had deauthorize everything and then add them all at once. In the third round, adding another extension license, there was an error message about having exceeded allowable number of authorisations and now I'm playing email and phone tag with ESRI Canada tech support. The new license system is buggy and sucks.
Aug
31
comment unique value symbolize layers from a lookup table
related (v10 specific): gis.stackexchange.com/questions/1466/…
Aug
31
comment compound variables in model builder?
soo, it appears that actual answer is "you can't" :) This works, and I'll use it, but I might as well just skip model builder altogether and do everything in python. Thanks.
Aug
30
comment Legal issues with tracing a map from an image
Reading between the lines, the client may feel like they paid for the work already in acquiring the paper map and feel they're being held hostage for more. Perhaps this why you have the contract in the first place and not the map creator. Advise them to always ensure they get paper and digital deliverables in their contacts. This is something we too learned the hard way, and consequently invested a lot of money and resources re-inventing work in order to be free of future restrictions. For us, it has been worth the investment. Swallow the bitter pill now and be immunized.
Aug
30
comment Legal issues with tracing a map from an image
please spell out or link to a definition of "TSP solution"
Aug
30
comment How to get an address or location from Google Maps?
the drag marker example would be the perfect answer, providing simulataneous street address and coordinates in an easy to copy and paste form, if the marker was placed interactively initially. Perfect for anybody in Eastern Astrailia though ;-)
Aug
30
comment How to get an address or location from Google Maps?
aaaaah, it's not quite so bad: to get coordinates only remove all existing google map directions (decheck anything resembling "directions to" at bottom left). It's when multiple destinations exist that the precise coords are exchanged for the fuzzy "such and such road".
Aug
30
comment How to get an address or location from Google Maps?
this is fastest the most direct route of the answers posted. It is unfortunately unreliable in areas where the street address database is sparse or incomplete. Sometimes it will just pick the name of the nearest road, which may be many kilometers long, when coordinates would be better.
Aug
30
comment How to get an address or location from Google Maps?
In this use case I have neither street address or Lat/Long at my disposal. Just a screen I can point at and ask "where is this?"
Aug
30
comment seeking “Available Sky” implementations
Not enough detail provided to be an answer; I already asked if SAGA could be used for this, in a comment to the Q.
Aug
30
comment Are there open source alternatives to ArcCatalog?
gdal/ogr supports ESRI SDE connections, with some work, and ESRI personal geodatabases. See gdal.org/frmt_sde.html, gdal.org/ogr/drv_pgeo.html. So yes it is possible to add some ESRI formats to an open source spatial catalog browsing utility.
Aug
30
comment finding nearest point to a point
@Nima, click in the grey outline of a checkmark to mark an answer accepted: imgur.com/n48Bs.jpg
Aug
30
comment finding nearest point to a point
this would be a better answer if it included one such example snippet or conversation. We can't rely on links to external sites to remain intact, and if/when it does change this answer will become wrong.
Aug
25
comment Are there any “highly customizable” GIS platforms?
it's not as seamless or complete as a watch file, but the Results tab contains the history of your geoprocessing, which can be drag n dropped to Model Builder or exported to python snippets. I use this as a kind of improved metadata history for datasets.
Aug
23
comment Alternative for ArcGIS for software development
whups, sorry, I didn't notice the "no gui" requirement was added after your post. :)
Aug
23
comment Alternative for ArcGIS for software development
John I recommend adding "for software development" or similar to the subject line to emphasize the "no GUIs please" aspect of the question.
Aug
23
comment Alternative for ArcGIS for software development
those questions are related but not similar. John is looking for a framework for GIS software development not an end user product, and Open Source is not a requirement.
Aug
23
comment Alternative for ArcGIS for software development
the first three don't answer the question, "I'm not interested in anything with a GUI".
Aug
23
comment Are there any “highly customizable” GIS platforms?
there are tasks in ArcGIS which are eminently scriptable and automatable, others which are definitely not, and a range in between. Dito for all other platforms. If you can give examples of the kinds manual labour you wish to avoid there might be some specific helpful answers.