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Measuring data load and redraw times in ArcMap?

Rephrasing of the question slightly to address some issues. Is there are standard way of measuring load times for data, specifically sybolised data, within ArcMap? In particular, we're comparing ...
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Export a Sketchup Model to ArcGIS's Multipatch?

I have a very large model made in Google Sketchup v 7.1. I would like to export this to a Multipatch featureclass, so that I can view it in ArcScene, with other 3D data. I have tried several things, ...
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Ways to visualize multiple large LiDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LiDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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Calculating Raster Area per Polygon using ArcMap and Spatial Analyst

In ArcMap, I have a raster file that contains 6 classes of landcover and a shapefile that is the census data (OA boundaries and their population). How do I calculate the area of each class in each OA? ...
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What are limits on ArcScene and TINs from LiDAR?

I am trying to load anywhere from 5 to 10 LiDAR TINS into ArcScene. I am using ArcGIS Desktop Evaluation (student) 9.3.1. I just built a new computer with a AMD Phenom II X6 1090T six core processor, ...
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Convert from ITM ref to GPS ref?

How can I convert from ITM ref (Israel new map) to GPS ref and from GPS ref to ITM ref? I need any C# sample code or formula for this. For example: 32.086156,34.769239 = 178364,665948 Or : 29.548783,...
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Is it possible to use more than two control point links when georeferencing CAD files in ArcMap?

I'm trying to georeference CAD to a building footprint in ArcMap 10 (although I've had this same problem in earlier versions). The problem is, it won't let me use more than two control point links, so ...
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CORS - HARN transformations - what is the most accurate method

This may not be an issue for many GIS-ers but has anyone else had experiences transforming from modern NAD83 (CORS) to HARN coordinates and vice versa? I realize the discrepancy might be something ...
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Is it possible to have pages in mapbook link to different data frames on 1 layout page in ArcMap?

I am trying to create a map series of approximately 80 sheets, but I need to have 2 sheets per layout page. Basically, I need to know if there is a way to have the pages in the map series go to ...
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Merging DEMs or other raster datasets and clipping Raster dataset to vector line?

I have two DEMs that I am going create a hillshade from, and ultimately want one hillshade clipped to a county boundary. I am running into a couple problems, though. When I try to merge the two ...
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Getting envelope of all features in feature class using ArcMap

How do I get a single envelope of all the features in a feature class using ArcMap?
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ArcMap toolbars always stacking up instead of remaining where placed when opening MXD on multi-monitor configurations?

In ArcMap 9.3, we had issues with our toolbars always stacking up instead of remaining where they were placed. This was mainly an issue on dual monitor workstations and we would occasionally see the ...
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How to style OS VectorMap district data?

Following a question about ways to load OS VectorMap data, I have imported the data into ArcGIS, but now want to style it in a OS-map style. I have searched around, and found various bits of ...
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Optimizing ArcGIS Desktop performance using MXD Defrag?

Does the MXD Defrag program still exist in ArcGIS 10?
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Convert XY points to a line?

Someone mistakenly saved a GPS track as waypoints and then sent them along to me in a .csv file. They want a line back (shapefile). What's the simplest method to convert this to a line? Available ...
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Including multiple layouts in one ArcGIS Desktop project

Is it possible to have multiple different map layouts (like the one accessed by clicking the little page icon at the bottom of the viewing panel of ArcMap) within one ArcGIS Desktop project? I often ...
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How to attribute lines with IDs of touching polygons?

I have two shapefiles: one contains streets of a city and one contains blocks (i.e. polygons bounded by the streets). I would like to have the streets attributed with the IDs of the left and right ...
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Does ArcGIS for Desktop support SpatiaLite?

SpatiaLite is playing an increasing role in my organization. As it stood in 2012, using SpatiaLite alongside ArcGIS Desktop required an amount of importing and exporting of data that was not always ...
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What is ArcGIS for Desktop (and Geodatabase) equivalent to Regions of ArcInfo Workstation Coverages?

Here's one for those who've been around the block a few times. ArcInfo Workstation from days of yore had an intelligent data model called Regions or Region sub coverages. With this model one could ...
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How to Display Coordinates of an Existing Point Layer in ArcMap

I have been asked to provide a list of coordinates for a point layer in our GIS. I am currently using a state plane coordinate system. How do I view/list this data. Below is the data request in it'...
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Vertically docking Tools toolbar to left of map and right of TOC in ArcMap 10.x?

In general, I really like the docking environment in ArcGIS 10. As I was showing off ArcGIS 10 to some of my end-users, I couldn't get the toolbar docked to the left of the map and to the right of ...
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Merging two polylines with programming?

We are currently working on a project where we have to merge sections (polylines) to a route, but the big question is how to do this. We have currently tried adding those two as segmentcollections but ...
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Improving upon ArcGIS Buffer/Dissolve performance?

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced significant performance penalties when using the ArcGIS buffer function with the 'dissolve' option on point features. My dataset is a shapefile of 260 ...
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Where is the ArcGIS ServicePackFinder 9.3 utility found?

Where is the ArcGIS ServicePackFinder 9.3 utility found? I know it's for download, but no amount of trawling can find it.
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Will ArcGIS Desktop support latest Python 2.x or Python 3.x versions?

I'm curious to know whether ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 will support newer versions of Python than 2.6. And for that matter newer versions of NumPy (ie, 1.4, 1.5 etc). I'm sure that this documentation is on ...
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Does using RAM Disk improve ArcGIS Desktop performance appreciably?

I configured a RAM disk on a Virtual PC running ArcGIS Desktop 10 and set my HKCU\Software\ESRI\Output\TempPath to a directory on the RAM disk. It’s hard to perceive any sort improvement with that ...
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How to build topology without Standard/ArcEditor or Advanced/ArcInfo license?

I have a huge dataset that I am capturing that was full of errors previously and I want to make sure that the new version is error free - which can be very time consuming with only a Basic/ArcView ...
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Compound variables in Model Builder?

I'm trying to create a model wherein one of the parameters is a compound variable, that is made of multiple variables joined together. How can this be done? For example: create an insider buffer ...
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Create a projection to emphasize a given direction in ArcMap?

Suppose one had a dataset (centered on a given coordinate) of lines that were very close together in terms of longitude but also had important turns/bends far separated by latitude. In order to map ...
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Is it possible to change spatial reference (and reproject) feature classes in-place, using ArcMap/GeoProcessing?

We have an Esri based system in production; a complicated data model with a large number of feature classes. We need to migrate the data to another spatial reference. The feature classes have class ...
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Data-type detection in ArcGIS table loading

When adding tables layers from Excel files, ArcGIS attempts to guess the data-types: Microsoft Excel does not enforce field types for values during data entry like standard databases do. ...
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Inside buffer with attributes in ArcGIS?

How can I create buffers for polygons that: a) lie only inside the polygon boundary, and b) know who their parent is? An example of where this is useful is First Nation Traditional Territories. ...
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Resolving ImportError: No module named arcgisscripting?

I am trying to run an ArcGIS python script from Eclipse and get the following message: ImportError: No module named arcgisscripting I can run this in IDLE... any ideas?
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What are convenient uml tools to create geodatabase models?

I used to model databases with Microsoft Office Visio, then export the model to xml and import geodatabase schema to GDB with ArcGIS tools. Since Microsoft no longer support Visio export to xml, what ...
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Custom scalebar units in ArcMap?

Is it possible to create a scalebar in ArcMap that shows distances in custom units? I understand how to do this manually, but it would be great if I could define a custom unit of measurement (let's ...
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Building effective heat-maps?

Using ArcGIS, QGIS, Grass, and/or GVSIG: What are some of the tools and processes involved in building effective heat maps? What are the plugins involved? What are the major data requirements? What ...
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Placing all labels in ArcMap non-overlapped by extending arrow/line from label to point? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a way to place all labels on a map non overlapping, but by extending an arrow/line from the label to the point. I've tried the call out box, but I couldn't find a way to ...
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Connecting to PostGIS database from ArcMap for display and query without ArcSDE?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap using ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 and later? I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the results back (e.g. spatial and non-...
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Allow multiple users to share personal geodatabases safely?

We're using ArcGIS 9.3 but for reasons beyond the scope of this question we have to stick with personal geodatabases (MS Access .mdb's) and multiple users. How can we set this up so only a limited few ...
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Are ArcGIS *.lyr and *.mxd data format specs published?

Are the binary formats of *.lyr and *.mxd files published?
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Converting MapInfo TAB and/or MIF to SHP using free tools or ArcGIS for Desktop core product?

How do I convert MapInfo TAB and/or MIF files to SHP using only free tools or ArcGIS itself? I've not had much luck trying to do this in the past and I don't want to have to shell out for the ArcGIS ...
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Creating convex hull in ArcGIS Desktop?

I would like to be able to create a convex hull in ArcGIS Desktop 9.x, but I cannot find an appropriate tool. How does one go about creating one? I am interested in answers for all license levels: ...
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Import71 and file permission in ArcMap

I am making a map for my thesis. While using ArcGIS, I must use Import71 to convert some .e00 files (in this particular case, political boundaries and Hydrography networks). When I select my output ...
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