I have a shapefile lines representing historical flight paths of aerial photography. I have the number of photos taken for each path and the number of the first and last photo, plus the ID of the flight path. I can do this manually with the "construct points" tool in ArcGIS, Spatial Join and some grunt work but I want to make this an automated process. Task includes:

  1. Make points along lines with equal intervals, including both ends, with information on the # of points from the lines shapefile.
  2. Get LineID from the lines shp to the pnts shp (Guessing Spatial Join is the only way to go).
  3. Allocate photo-numbers to points from only knowing first and last photo-number for each line, and the direction of the line.

If nothing else, getting the points on the lines would be a good start.

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    Did you have a look at the QChainage plugin in QGIS?
    – ArMoraer
    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:31

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In QGIS there is a tool that can create points along a line.

You can find it in the Processing Toolbox under GRASS commands.

Activate the Processing toolbox, if need be:

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Open the Processing toolbox:

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Activate the advanced interface, if need be:

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And then navigate to the GRASS commands, and you will find v.to.points:

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