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  • 30
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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
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  rase  to ArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMaps and Content Apr 12, 2014
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  • 120
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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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  • 330
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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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  • 50
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    Producing a profile graph in ArcMap with 3D Analyst gives you a number of options for the X axis including the M axis. This idea requests that the M value refer to the absolute M value in the attribute table, not 0 as is the current default.

    The M value is a distance/routing value. When a feature has an M value assigned I see that the profile graph automatically defaults to this.The profile graph is configured to start at zero, so the only way that this works for a feature is if it coincidentally starts at zero… I think that the profile graphs are hard coded to start at zero and provide a distance along the line (which may be relative to the m-value of the data) rather than use the absolute m-value. 

    The identified workaround for this is to use the Create Routes (Linear Referencing) tool prior to creating a profile graph of your lines. This tool creates routes from existing lines. The input line features that share a common identifier are merged to create a single route. You can use the Make Feature Layer or Make Query Table tools to effectively reduce (select) the number of lines that will be used to create routes.
    http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//003m00000005000000

    The option of using the M-value for the x axis in the Profile graph should refer to the features M-value from the start of the sketch properties. 
    Tags :
     profile graph, 3D Analyst,
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  dparnell  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Mar 24, 2014
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  • 30
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    with the advent of amazing graphics GPU's on the market I believe the time has come for more realtime rendering tools available for analysis. A perfect oppertunity for this implimentation would be a live visualization tool that would move the hillshade light source around the view dynamically. Azimuth angle and altitude angle are changed via sliders and the results are generated instantly on screen. You may have the oppertunity to generate the new surface or series of surfaces permanantly to incorporate into your datasets for use in full resolution analysis or to animate as a canned portion of the map presentation.
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  mpacey  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Oct 7, 2013
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  • 950
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    I would like an option in ArcScene which makes 3D pdf file from my TINs or GRIDs, but mostly the whole sxd with layers and visual settings. Most of my partners can't use or reach GIS or CAD systems, but want to see their data in 3D. And the only extension that everybody can use is PDF I think.
    So please...

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     3D PDF, pdf, ArcScene ArcGlobe export, Mining
    16 Comments  |  Posted by :  reglabor  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining May 17, 2010
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  • 190
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    To display utility pipe segment flow directions, users set the flow display properties such as select which features display flow arrows, the scale and the arrow symbol. But the settings can't be saved in a MXD. Please consider to fix the bug if it is. thanks
    User-added image
    Tags :
     Geometric Network
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  achen70  to ArcGIS DesktopUtilitiesArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jan 26, 2011
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    I experienced that exporting to JPG/PDF would create a blank file if a model is too big.  It will be easier to document a tool created in ModelBuidler if it can be exported to MS Visio chart.
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  charlesdenggis  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Mar 23, 2012
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  • 440
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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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  • 50
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    Currently, in order to test changes to a Python Addin, you have to make the changes to the script or
    config.xml, close the target application, reassemble the addin file, reinstall the addin file and then
    restart the target application. It's awful. All ArcGIS applications take a long time to initialize, so
    when you're doing active development, testing and debugging on an addin, having to test changes
    through that workflow is really really really painful.

    There should be a method in the pythonaddins module to have the target application reload a python addin's config.xml and assembly cache. Under this workflow, we could make business logic changes
    directly to the script  and install test data in the assembly cache directly and debug issues directly
    without the need to reassemble the addin and reinitialize the target application.

    With such a function, we could then just call the pythonaddin reload function from the target application's
    Python Window to reload the required files, identifying the specific addin to reload by its addin ID. 
     

    import pythonaddins
    
    pythonaddins.reloadAddin("{7e18e192-6519-4e55-80d2-8e03b9d318d8}")
    

    The target application should then become aware of and reflect the updates contained in the 
    config.xml and assembly cache.

    The syntax above would identify the folder in both the addin folder located in the User's 
    "My Documents\ArcGIS\Addins" directory from which to reload any changes to the config.xml
    as well as the folder in the target application's assembly cache from which to reload
    changes to the script and any new data.

    A workflow like this, provided that a 'pythonaddins.reloadAddin' function or something similar is
    made available, would prevent developers from having to restart the target application and
    rebuild the addin file with every single change. Once the desired result is achieved, the developer
    can port the neccessary changes to the original addin file, reassemble, do final testing and ship
    without having to go through the arduous pythonaddin debugging process as it stands today.

    Of course, the risk here is that making changes through the proposed workflow would not allow
    for automatic backups of previous iterations, but I believe the onus should be on the developer to
    make sure they are backing up before making changes.

    Please fix this ESRI!

    Tags :
     pythonaddins, debugging, python, arcpy
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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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  • 190
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    In ArcGIS 10 will there be the ability to get a GRID of X and Y coordinated out from and existing GRIDs.  Workstation Arc/INFO (GRID Modlule) used the $$XMAP for X coordinated and $$YMAP for Y coordinated.

    Thanks

    Mike

    Tags :
     Spatial Analyst, Raster dataset
    7 Comments  |  Posted by :  mtuffly  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jul 27, 2010
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    The Attribute Assistant is a powerful extension that provides predefined calcs to be run on tables. Expressions are defined using VB. It would be useful if Python was supported as a scripting language here as it is in just about every other function in the ESRI product line. 

    Tool Download:
    http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=385978c927124489b4dc6110eded38df

    Vote to promote Attribute Assistant in core ArcGIS:
    https://c.na9.visual.force.com/apex/ideaView?id=087E00000004MNGIA2

    Tags :
     Water Utilities Toolbar, Infrastructure Editing, Attribute Assistant, Python, VB, Water Utility Network Editing, DynamicValue
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  larkinp  to Local GovernmentUtilitiesArcGIS Desktop Extensions Nov 14, 2012
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  • 120
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    Landsat is an invaluable raster data resources for educators, scientists, and professionals.  The collection of raster tools in ArcGIS are extremely powerful and a convenient resource for managing and manipulating raster data.  Currently, ArcGIS 10.2 will support Landsat 1-7 data within the mosaic dataset.  Unfortunately, the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) is not supported in ArcGIS 10.2. 

    As a “Raster Product,” Landsat 1-7 imagery can be quickly displayed via the MTL files [link].  This is a powerful way of utilizing the data without much manipulation or the need to composite the rasters into a single file.  While Landsat 5 and 7 are supported, the Landsat 8 OLI is not.
     
    When used within a mosaic dataset, the “Add Rasters to Mosaic Dataset” tool allows the end user to load, manage, and manipulate the data using a powerful collection of tools and functions.  The mosaic dataset supports multiple “Raster Types,” which perform similar in nature to the raster products noted above.  When using the “Add Rasters to Mosaic Dataset” tool, there are multiple raster type template options available [link].  Unfortunately, Landsat 8 OLI is not supported either.
     
    Given the overall success of the Landsat program and utility of the raster capabilities supported in ArcMap, it seems to me that supporting Landsat 8 OLI (as well as its thermal sensors) should be a priority for ESRI.   

    Support the Landsat 8 OLI as a Raster Product and Raster Type.   Workflows depicting techniques and functionality should also be provided and updated as the research community realize new methods for utilizing the band combinations available via Landsat 8.

    Tags :
     Landsat 8, Mosaic Datasets,
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  JDKent  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsImagery Aug 7, 2013
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  • 70
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    For any classified point cloud it's possible to filter ground/non-ground.
    Wouldn't it be great to symbolize the Non-ground points with their relative height to the ground below, using the LAS Datset Toolbar:

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    The application for "Height Above Ground" could be implemented in a wide range of industries, sush as:

    • defence (a look behind ememy lines ...),
    • forestry(canopy height, biomass estimation, tree classification),
    • utility ("right of way"),
    • urban-planning/builiding regulation, 
    • transportation (line of sight/viewshed),
    • 3D-modelling
    • etc.

    Only downside is, you'll never have to leave the office again to messure features ;o)

    User-added image
    Tags :
     LIDAR, LAS, Height Above Ground, Relative Height, Canopy, Right of Way
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  • 500
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    We used to be able to do a "spatial join without creating a new feature class" in AV 3.x.  This would be a most useful tool for everyday use it seems without creating useless feature classes that you have to go back and delete.

    Esri, can't you bring this tool back from the archives for ArcGIS 10.1.x???

    I would really like to see it added to the Toolbox!
    Tags :
     tool spatial join
    8 Comments  |  Posted by :  jakek  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Mar 7, 2012
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  • 510
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    256 Color Ramp Symbology

    Under Consideration

    The ESRI color ramp "Full Bright Spectrum" has a limited number of colors for distribution as standard.

    I would hope to see future versions of ArcGIS 10x and above make a color bar ramps that incorporate the full 256 color spectrum as part of the standard ESRI Style File. I have attached screen captures to illustrate the point.

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    One of the main benefits in having a full 256 color spectrum (histogram equalization) will help illustrate the subtle anomalies or variances within the gridded data.

    With more data detail becoming available to the geologist or geographer using the data, a better analysis and QC can be performed.

    Even though custom color ramps can be designed by the individual ArcGIS user and Style Files can be imported that possess advanced color ramps, it is this additional step that can be avoided if a full 256 color ramp were made part of the standard ArcGIS product suite.

    The screen capture examples utilizes the Geosoft.style File which already contain a full 256 color shaded spectrum.

    ESRI could simply adopt their colors as standard for all GIS users at whatever license level (ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo) in the next version.

    Tags :
     PUG, Color Ramp, 256, symbology, full bright spectrum, geosoft, style file, Petroleum, Raster Display, raster, Spatial Analyst
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  • 40
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    The Overview Map Directory is a map like "folder" where you see a small preview or the extent of another map's (mxd) Layout view in correct geolocation. You can open the file clicking on it or do other file management functions.
    Overview Map Directory
    Tags :
     overview map, file manager
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  bogdanovits  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Mar 20, 2014
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  • 1620
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    Labeling should recognize that a data frame is being clipped to a shape and only place labels where they will be seen in their entirety. The way it is not labels get cut off and depending on the clip, in some places you can seeboth ends of a label but not the middle because it leaves the shape you have clipped to. This results in a sloppy looking map. Example of labels not being drawn within a clipped data frame
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    7 Comments  |  Posted by :  jcibor  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jun 4, 2010
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  • 580
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    WFS v2 support

    Under Consideration

    ArcGIS supports WFS 1.0 and 1.1. It would be nice if support can be extended to WFS 2.0 as well (http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wfs).
    Tags :
     WFS, OGC standards
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