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  • 4170
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    The Measure tool presently allows the calculation of distance between features (with snapping). It would be helpful if the Direction / Angle / Azimuth was also shown. .
     
    Presently,
    - The Near Tool modifies my shapefile, which I don't want and is unnecessary for such a simple calculation
    - The COGO Report tool runs directions counter-clockwise (which is crazy in my opinion). The Ground Correction ability is great, but doesn't correct the fact that the compass is backwards!
    - Military Analyst will measure direction between locations but doesn't snap to existing features - I need to enter the coords. This is unnecessary in Arc10.
     
    If implemented, please use North as the 0° (like Mil Analyst), not East (like the Near tool)
     
    The image below shows what it could look like.
    Measure tool example
     
    I know there is already an enhancement of this type suggested, but it appears to be squashed with the mention of COGO. Unfortunately, COGO doesn't solve this request because it runs the compass counter-clockwise.
    Tags :
     direction, angle, azimuth, bearing, distance, measure, near, military, cogo, 3d mesurements
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  • 30
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    The AREA_ID field that gets created and filled out by Business Analyst while running the Trade Area Wizard - Create New Trade Area - Simple Rings or Drivetimes is only 20 characters long, not nearly big enough.  This field gets populated by the "Store_ID" field that we assign, in my case I like it to be intersections which are unique, and adding _1, _2, and _3 to them per trade area for that point.  This field is important when running demographic reports as it is the default used and it needs to be unique.  BA deciding that this field can be a max of 20 characters is crazy and should be much larger.  This has to be an easy and helpful fix.  Please write comments if you need me to clarify in any way.  Thanks!
    Area_ID
    Tags :
     Business Analyst, BA, Trade Area, Simple Rings, Drivetimes, Drive Time, Area_ID
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  • 30
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    It should be possible to change your license level inside ArcMap as well as you can turn extensions on and off. It's very annoying that you have to turn all of your open sessions down in order to change your license level in ArcGIS Administrator. It would also be good to see what license level you are currently using in the caption of your open document.

    User-added image

     
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     License level
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  • 1550
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    For the next major release of ArcGIS for Desktop, I think it would be integral if there was a GUI designer that could be used to develop custom user interfaces for python tools.  I envision this to be the next generation in python tools boxes.    

    The GUIs could use one of the many form designer languges like wxPython (used in the python add-ins) or Tkinter.

    VBA had one good thing going for it, and that is the form designer.  I would not like the forms to be linked to the map document, but rather more like the add-in system introduced at the 10.x series.


    Tags :
     ArcPy, Python, GUI, wxPython, Tkinter, designer
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  • 730
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    I have used the state tree diagram included in the GDBT tools included in 10.0.  I was dissapointed to find out at 10.1 this diagram is not included.  I spoke with ESRI Reps at the recent developers summit and one of them said that I can still find out the current state.  I do know that there are other ways to find out the current state.  However, the diagram is a great and quick way to find this information.  After a recon post compress or if I want to get a general ideas of who has been editing I can look at the state tree diagram and in 1 second see this information.
    As mappers we tend to very visual people.  Looking at a tree diagram is much like looking at a map to find out information quickly.  I would very much like to see this diagram functionality developed for 10.2 and above and once again included in the ArcGIS Platform.
    Thanks,
    Kirk Webb
    Tags :
     GDBT current state tree diagram 10.1 10.2
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  • 370
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    Out-of-the-box interoperability with GoCAD, Leapfrom, Vulcan, I-site , Blastlogic, Gemcom, Surpac, Geosoft, Rockware.
    3D Analyst user can't read directly the modeling done with 3D modeling packages, it would be great that 3D Analyst can read the data from GoCAD, Leapfrog, Vulcan, Gemcom / Surpac, Geosoft, Rockware Surfer. Also,  these same package could write directly to a SDE Geodatabase (multipatch).
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    9 Comments  |  Posted by :  mbraghin  to ArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsGeodatabaseMining Jun 24, 2012
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  • 440
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    Please add a Null button on the Definistion Query and Select by Attribute windows. This just makes it so much easier when adding queries and using the buttons. At the moment it is double click... click... click... and type. It would be easier and quicker to go double click... click... click... click.... There is also the space for it. I have added the botton, now the clever people just need to add the clever stuff to put the NULL in the text vox :).

    New Null Button on Query Window just inder the Not button
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     null,button,,query,select,definition,attribute
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  • 100
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    The metadata editor in ArcCatalog should have the ability to spellcheck on the fly.  This has been needed for many versions.  This function should also have the ability to allow special characters (such as quotes or copyright characters) which may have been pasted into the document after spellchecking using a third party spellchecker such as MS Word spellchecker.  Currently, if a special character gets entered into the metadata editor in ArcCatalog, it will only give an error message "Invalid Byte" when trying to upload it into SDE (SQL Server database Connection).  This means that each entry field has to be checked for the invalid character(s), which could take hours.  If the metadata editor can't allow special characters it should at least trap them so that they are easier to find or eliminate them all together. This is so a third party spellchecker could be used if ESRI does not have plans to implement a spell checker in the Metadata Editor in ArcCatalog. The lack of a spellchecker is a big impediment to people considering creating and maintaining metadata.

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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  cjohns4  to ArcGIS DesktopUtilitiesArcGIS Desktop Extensions Oct 27, 2014
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  • 10
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    Modify the following command to add an additional option "Force rebuild"
               arcpy.na.BuildNetwork(NetworkName)

    Command would become:
               arcpy.na.BuildNetwork(NetworkName, True)

    Since you can't make a network dirty with python there isn't a fast way to rebuild a network from scratch. 
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  • 50
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    -- Problem
    Sometimes, when I need a license either for Desktop or an extension, it is not available. Sometimes the person who has it checked out is not using it at the time I need it and could make it available if requested.
    ArcGIS administrator does not provide an easy way for a user to know which other users have the license they wish to use checked out. This makes the efficient use of concurent licenses very difficult.

    -- Request
    1) Allow each user to check a box in their ArcGIS Adminstrator that allows other users to see what licenses they have checked out and some contact details etc.
    2) Another check box should "Allow other users to grab my licenses if not in use"
      a) This could be optionally be restricted to a time period, before the license reverts back.
    3) Update ArcGIS Adminstrator to show a user which users have licenses checked out, how long, and whether they are checked out and not in use, how long they have not been in use.
    4) Maybe add messaging into the License Manager to allow users to aid sharing licenses
      a) I'd like to borrow this license now for an hour 
      b) Are you using this ?, I'd like to grab it all next week
      c) I grabbed your Advanced Desktop license, I need it until end of play today
    5) If a user launches ArcGIS desktop, for example, and their Advanced License has been grabbed, ArcGIS Administrator should pop a dialog "Your advanced license was grabbed until 10:30 by user: J Doe 123-456-7890"
     
    So, if I need an advanced license, for an hour, and there are none free,  I can click and find who has that license checked out and not in use, and give them a call, or even message them within ArcGIS Administrator.
     
    Tags :
     ArcGIS Adminstrator, License, User, Admin, Borrow, Concurrent
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  • 990
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    We are a large organization with licenses of various levels of ArcGIS and ArcGIS extensions.
    No doubt, there are enough licenses to allow all colleagues to access, whenever they need a license. But however, as much licenses we will unlock with ELA, licenses are often blocked because users start always the highest level or don’t uncheck the extensions under Customize.

    We would like to have a startup module at which the user every time he starts ArcGIS has to decide the ArcGIS-level which is needed and to check the extensions.

    Here are some conceptions we think about:
    Choose the ArcGIS level

    and if you click the extension button next window should be

    User-added image
    (sorry ESRI, I defaced your intro ;-) )

    Tags :
     ArcGIS Start Extensions
    5 Comments  |  Posted by :  Vinnemann  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jan 21, 2011
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  • 40
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    Add the seconds in the directions window of network analyst 10. This should be a default option, because if you only have  minute it's very hard to discriminate short distance path. Plus it's lack of precision.
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    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  udurazh  to ArcGIS Desktop Extensions Feb 2, 2012
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  • 60
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    Why does Esri think that every GIS professional wants to be a Python code expert? We don't. We have more important geospatial questions to solve than the precise order of code punctuation.

    There are increasingly more and more simple functions that have to be done using Python. Could we please get a tool button or GUI for these, and a better way to organize and manage the tool pallets?

    Thanks
    Tags :
     ArcPy
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  • 730
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    In ArcGIS Desktop, some program operations can take a very long time.  Oftentimes, I find that I've made a mistake in the interface and want to stop some long process that I've accidentally begun.  Unfortunately, it seems like the "cancel" button on -many- geoprocessing tools and in certain other dialogs (export map during data driven pages, etc.) is merely for show.  Cancelling either takes an exorbitant amount of time (5+ minutes) or doesn't work at all because the entire ArcGIS Desktop interface is lagging out.  This is a problem that wastes countless hours for ArcGIS users and is a black mark on the overall quality of the software.

    The cancel button should stop whatever process it's attached to immediately or in a reasonable amount of time (<1 minute).  There's no reason for the entire ArcGIS interface to lag to the point where you can't click the cancel button when doing a mildly complex operation in the software, and there's no reason for the cancel button to be there if it doesn't even work correctly.
    Tags :
     geoprocessing, arcgis desktop, cancel, usability, software quality
    6 Comments  |  Posted by :  msiadak  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Feb 28, 2012
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  • 110
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    The use and availability of 3D printers (even with color) has made much progress recently. Several service bureaus offer the possibility to print 3D files using different technology at reasonable cost. The production of "true" 3D city models is one important area of interest. Additionally the visualization of interpolated surfaces and relief as 3D models could be a great tool for planers and developers to convey their message to decision makers, as a complement to the familiar 2D maps.

    The options to prepare 3D files ready for color 3D printing from ArcGIS and its extensions are not satisfying yet. For example a surface should have a base, but also should be hollow to save material. The model file must be "watertight" and should also fulfill other requirements, such as non-overlapping, non-cutting and non-zero triangles, no T connections in the triangle network, and correct orientation of triangle normals. Most  entrance tests of  production facilities check the correct syntax of 3D files and reject erroneous files before printing.

    Other visual features for 3D models would be necessary, for example the possibility to project a texture onto the surface, such as satellite imagery or maps. Line features should be visualized in 3D as tubes, symbols as 3D symbols. Isolines and isopleths are basic necessities. The representation of lines, symbols and isopleths as pixels in the texture is not satisfying for a high-quality 3D model. 3D choropleths maps would be very nice additional feature.
    Tags :
     3D model, 3D printer, visualization
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  rase  to ArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMaps and Content Apr 12, 2014
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  • 130
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    Image texture (spatial variation) is useful in the recognition of image regions and very helpful in defining regions in calssifying images. Image classification is much improved when textures of a region are considered.

    It can be done using equations and moving windows, but this useful technique could be much easier to implement and would be more accessible to many users if it was included as a texture tool in spatial analyst.

    Tags :
     Spatial Analyst, Raster Functions
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  jwielki  to ArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsImagery Jul 19, 2010
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  • 100
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    At 10.0, the Map Algebra merge function was abolished in favor of Mosaic and Mosaic To New Raster.

    Mosaic and the Mosaic To New Raster model tool are very functional -- but these functions are not available inside the map algebra syntax for efficient use with the Raster Calculator and Python.

    Funny that Mosaic Dataset functions support this - but not arcpy map algebra.

    The two workarounds I know of are 1) use Con and IsNull to grab the first non-NoData cell  or 2) use SOMA or MOMA.

    Please bring it back as a tool (maybe something like Merge Rasters in the Local toolset?)
    Tags :
     merge, spatial analyst, arcpy, map algebra, mosaic
    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  curtvprice  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Aug 22, 2013
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  • 10
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    It would be more accurate and convenient to be able to align a raster based on the coordinates and pixel sizel of a reference raster.

    Let's say I have a raster image (named "image1") with the bottom left pixel centered at 500,000 mE and 600,000 mN with a pixel size of 10 metres.
    Then I have a point map which was rasterized (named "image2") using 10-metre pixels.
    Most definitely, 
    1) the coordinates of the resulting image2 pixel would be dislocated and far from the coordinates of the source point, by at most, just less than the pixel size.
    2) as well, the coordinates of the resulting image2 pixel would be dislocated and far from the coordinates of the nearest corresponding pixel in the reference image1 by probably less than half the pixel size.

    It would be great if there is a raster function to "re-georeference" the rasterized point map so that its cells would coincide with the coordinates of the reference raster.
    In ILWIS (Integrated Land and Water Info system), they use a service object called "Georeference" to solve this issue.

    Thanks



    Tags :
     Re-georeferencing raster, aligning two rasters
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  emaglanque  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsImagery Nov 19, 2014
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  • 190
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    This is a suggestion to improve data reporting tools for feature classes and tables in ArcGIS

    The Problem:
    With more and more authoritative data housed in GIS feature classes there needs to be a way to generate repeatable, highly customziable, and easily configurable reports. Currently the table reporting tool is very anitquated and difficult to use.

    This UI is basically impossible

    Extremely outdated and confusing interface design

    The Solution:
    Implement a more modern, drag-and-drop report creation tool similar to Tableau.

    I don't think that I could come close to creating this report using the current report tools

    tableau


    Benefits:
    Many reporting tools have already been developed in the Operations Dashboard product. If those reporting tools (along with some more advanced configuration options) were migrated to a table reporting tool you'd have a lot of functionality already built.

    Caveats:
    If your organization is willing to shell out the money for Tableau you can use their reporting tools straight from Esri databases. However, we're paying so much for ArcGIS already it's only sensible to include usable reporting tools. 
    Tags :
     reporting, reports, tables, charts, graphs, analysis
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  • 9460
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     I would like to see the Google basemaps integrated  into the ArcMap suite of products similar to Bing. It would be nice to have Google maps as an option as a basemap for ArcGIS Online and to easily load it into my desktop applications.

    I have been told by some of the ESRI Staff that the Google coloring scheme does not make for a good basemap.  I find that most people are actually more familiar and comfortable using a Google map. One of the reasons I do not use the other map options, if I can help it, is because I want my users to already know what they are looking at and not have to guess "Is that a highway or a freeway?"

    Each of the major mapping sites such as Google, Bing, Open Street Map and ArcGIS have their strengths. They all seem to update their data at different rates for different areas. One site may update the imagery this year and not do it again for two or three more years. Meanwhile other sites may have updated more recently. It would be nice to have Google as another option if they have better data. I know ArcGIS has a community basemap program out there so that I can upload tiles to enhance the basemap for an area but that takes time that I don't have.

    In all I just want to have Google maps be another option as a basemap for my desktop and web applications

    Tags :
     Google Maps, Bing, Desktop, basemap
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