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Sep
28
comment Calculating area of larger polygon containing smaller polygon of same feature class inside it using ArcGIS for Desktop?
Would you be able to edit your question (there is an edit button beneath it) to explain whether you are using a geodatabase or map topology, please? If it is neither, can you provide more details about whether you perhaps just have one soil type polygon sitting on top of a larger one and you want the smaller one to "cut through" the larger one, please?
Sep
27
comment mxd.saveACopy(outMxd) not working
You say it is an "an intermittent error" but do you mean intermittent in terms of different pathnames, or does even the one pathname you give in your example work sometimes and not others?
Sep
27
comment How to automate exporting map for many fields in the same layer?
Would you be able to edit your question to include the GIS software and version that you are using, please?
Sep
26
comment Preventing ArcPy from changing MXD extent?
If you code in ArcObjects then that is an option but not one I can help with.
Sep
26
comment Can I create rasters from points with values based on a related table?
Would you be able to edit your question to include the GIS software and version that you are using, please?
Sep
26
comment Preventing ArcPy from changing MXD extent?
If it is a bug then I can think of no workaround to it. I'm assuming that you are actually using ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 SP5. If not, I recommend upgrading to at least that.
Sep
26
comment Preventing ArcPy from changing MXD extent?
@AndyArismendi It sounds like when you run my procedure at 10.0 you are observing different software behaviour. If so, this sounds like a bug that was resolved between 10.0 and 10.2.2.
Sep
26
comment How to create Map from jpeg in Arcgis 10
I think you should look into georeferencing first and then edit your question to let us know if how to do that is where you are stuck.
Sep
26
comment Running x64 bit geoprocessing Python in Python IDLE 2.7.6 x64 error
@KHibma When you get a chance it would be great if you could copy/paste from your comment(s) into an answer. It looks like the asker is keen to accept.
Sep
26
comment Avoiding ImportError: No module named numpy?
To make your error message available to future searches would you be able to edit your question to copy/paste its text rather than just a picture, please?
Sep
25
comment How to avoid or deal with “unable to save” errors within ArcGIS ModelBuilder?
Over the years I have done a lot of editing of large models (with around 500 elements in them) in versions from about 9.3 to 10.2. I have definitely seen the "failed to save" error that you and the asker describe but it has only happened to me on I think two days, and on those two days it happened repeatedly and inexplicably. I think the version I was using at the time was 10.1 or 10.2. Taking frequent copies/backups is the way I guard against it but it is a nasty and unfortunately non-reproducible problem that nevertheless does occur (and I wish would disappear).
Sep
25
comment Using ArcGIS and QGIS together in multi-user editing environment?
I've not done it either but there is some help here that suggests to me that you just need to change an ArcMap setting to enable nonversioned editing of ArcSDE data.
Sep
25
comment Using ArcGIS and QGIS together in multi-user editing environment?
I could be wrong but I thought versioning was optional with ArcSDE for PostgreSQL.
Sep
25
comment Error 000725 importing Python (Arcpy) script into tool of standard toolbox?
Please do not be put off by me closing this question as a duplicate and then merging its answer with the earlier question because doing that helps direct future visitors to our site to one source of answers to the same question asked in different ways.
Sep
25
comment Acrgis 10.2.2 make a specific query with IF
Would you be able to edit your question to include where you are storing this geodatabase (e.g. file, personal, Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, etc), please?
Sep
25
comment Cumulative field calculation using Python in ArcGIS for Desktop?
Can you include some records from the table you are trying to run this on showing their initial state and what you want them to be updated to, please?
Sep
25
comment Identifying certain polygon from overlapping set
I suspect that the focus of this question should be how "to identify the ID of the 2nd smallest entirely overlapping polygon from a different shapefile which overlaps with the first". If you can clarify just that part in this question then I suspect it will become easy to answer, and then if you are still stuck on any remaining parts they can be researched/asked separately.
Sep
25
comment Changing order of parts in multipart geometry using ArcGIS for Desktop (or ArcPy)?
On this help page (resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//…) there is a note saying "Insert Before and Insert After cannot be used when the vertex list is being sorted by selected vertices since it does not reflect the actual vertex order". In any event I suspect that you will need to read the multipart geometry out into one array per part, rearrange the order of the arrays, and then write the geometry in that new order.
Sep
25
comment User input and passing variables with ModelBuilder
I think you should break this question into two parts because, while I think passing variables between tools is not too hard, I think the other part of accepting user input while a model runs is not possible. For that you may need to get into Python and tkinter to do something like this: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/59328/…
Sep
25
comment Testing point in polygon overlay performance of Intersect, Spatial Join and Near in ArcGIS for Desktop?
@radouxju Although I didn't mention it I ran my test with the Intersect first a few times, and then the Spatial Join first a few times, and Intersect was always the winner on this data.