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  • 710
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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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  • 40
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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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  • 60
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    I really want to be able to add breakpoints into a Python Add-In for debuggin purposes.  Being able to look around at the variable values and see what's going on would save sooooooo much time.  As it is, this can only be done with print statements in the code.  But when you don't know what is going wrong, it's really hard to write a print statement that will tell you what you need to know without some experimentation.  Every time a statement is changed, there is a 3-4 minute process of
     - compile the add-in,
     - install the add-in,
     - close Arc,
     - reopoen Arc,
     - run the add-in,
     - realize you misspelled the variable name,
     - repeat...
    Please find a way to use breakpoints in Python Add-ins!
    Tags :
     python addin, debug, breakpoint
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  • 9410
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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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  • 4090
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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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  • 320
    Points

    Make Feature 3D Layer

    Under Consideration

    We miss an alternative of Make Feature Layer tool for 3D data. If we want to convert many 3D shapefiles into multipatches, there is no automatic way to do this because  Make Feature Layer tool does not recognize 3D data. Therefore Layer 3D to Feature Class is useless in ModelBuilder. The only way is to add few (memory limits) 3D shapefiles to ArcScene and run batch Layer 3D to Feature Class manually. Very time consuming at the moment.
    Tags :
     3D Analyst; Layer 3D to Feature Class; Make Feature Layer
    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  jborovan  to ArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Feb 14, 2011
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  • 80
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    With VB disappearing, I'd like to see an ArcPy class/module that would allow the Publisher functionality of exporting to a PMF. Used in combination with Data Driven Pages, this would be a pretty powerful tool for some of our clients!
    Tags :
     Python, Publisher, PMF, Extensions
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  knapp  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jun 19, 2013
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  • 140
    Points


    Currently, if you try using the "Construct Points" tool on a 3D polyline feature, it only considers 2D distance when creating the points along the line. This is inadequate.

    For instance, this 3D polyline feature...
    Side View

    ...does not measure in Z space, only XY space. So it's basically creating points as if it were only a 2D feature like this...
    Overhead View

    The end result of running the current Construct Points tool at 500' intervals looks like this...
    XY Measurement Result

    ...when it should look like this...
    Requested Measurement Result

    Please add functionality to allow for the tool to measure 3D distance (also known as surface distance).
    Tags :
     3D Analyst, Construct Points, Surface Distance, 3D Distance
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  jeffpickles  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Oct 25, 2011
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  • 1220
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    Our idea is to enable interpolation of discrete data points in 3-dimensional space.
    In the picture below a set of air temperature data from NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis was displayed over a digital elevation model in order to demonstrate the thermal variability over Europe in a different geopotential height levels. Being able to estimate air temperature values in between these points, a kind of basic 3D model of the temperature distribution in the troposphere over Europe could be created.


       User-added image

    Tags :
     3D Analyst, atmospheric modeling, vertical air temperature profile
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  • 240
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    I'd like to see a tool that allows the creation of a 3D plane given a point (or a coordinate pair) and direction and inclination angles. This would be very useful when using geologic field data, such as bedding measurements, which are point locations with associated dip (inclination angle) and strike (direction, between 0 and 360).
    The tool would also need an input for the size of the output plane, either as dimensions (length and width) or provided by an existing polygon feature.

    This could be similar to the existing editing function that allows to create a line of a certain length and angle from a starting point but would also need information for the third dimension. It could be even more useful if this were a tool that can use a point data set with appropriate attributes as input data. 

    Tags :
     3D plane, geology, bedding
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  marcoticci  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Aug 7, 2012
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  • 40
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    TIme to create features in 3D and not in 2.5D. for lines were able to save data in real 3D (XYZ). But this ability is not possible with polygons and perhaps it shouldnt be able to either. Though why not implement a new feature class?

    insteaf of point, polylines, polygons, we could have something called 3Dshapes perhaps, where we actually can save duplicate x and y but with another z value.

    this feature class would be able to be viewed in arcscene as true 3D objects. also if it was possible to convert 3Dpolylines to this new class then we could start collect real 3D data to easier make an city model.
    Tags :
     3D new featureclass xyz 3Dshapes
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  mprojo  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Nov 15, 2013
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  • 80
    Points


    Many times there is a need to show 'plumes' within ArcScene based on the X,Y, and Z contaminants.  Rather than have to create a TIN or grid of the surface of the contanimants it would be great to have a way to generate 3D plumes within ArcGIS.  Often, other vender's software (Volo View, Rockworks, etc.) are used to generate these plumes, and then an attempt is made to bring this into ArcGIS as an export if possible. 

    Tags :
     3D Analyst, 3D contaminent plumes, ArcScene
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  jennyr  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Mar 29, 2011
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  • 200
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    Exporting 3D geometry from ArcScene to 3d rendering software (e.g. 3ds max, Rhino, Sketchup... ) is very useful option to have. This has always been hindered by 1) very limited support for 3D file formats in ArcScene and 2) a number of errors in exported geometry from the VRML option available.

    When you export simple vector shapes like an extruded grid or an extruded zone map in ArcScene to VRML, then the majority of faces are the wrong way round, which spoils the rendering in standard 3D software. Reversing the faces to fix this problem is tedious process. Please fix this!

    Reverse faces problems can also affect 3d surface exports, although this issue is generally much easier to fix.

    It would also be great for ArcScene to support some more 3d formats like 3ds as VRML support is increasingly limited.
    Tags :
     ArcScene, 3D, export, VRML, reverse faces
    2 Comments  |  Posted by :  D_A_Smith  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jul 2, 2012
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  • 180
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    I'd like to see more functionality for the 3D intersection tool, which currently is available only for multipatches.
    It could be useful to be able to intersect two 3D polygons, which would output a 3D line.
    Additionally, I'd like to be able to intersect a 3D vector polygon with a raster such as a DEM. This could have applications with geologic data, like intersecting a 3D polygon representing a fault plane or a stratigraphic surface with a DEM representing the topographic surface to obtain a 3D line. This line would represent a fault or contact where it is exposed at the surface.
    Tags :
     3D polygons, geology, fault plane, Petroleum
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  marcoticci  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Aug 7, 2012
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  • 150
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    The option to lable ArcScene layesr should be available. If I want to drape some prominent buildings over a 3D Dem, and I want to show my client, see this building is this, I have to pick the identify tools or rely on teh symbology tool.

    Rather I should be given the option of labelling my features , Shouldnt I  ?

    Please review my suggestion !
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    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  Intellgis  to ArcGIS Desktop Extensions Dec 10, 2012
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  • 30
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    It would be nice to be able to edit LiDAR point clouds in the 3D Profile view for zip line creation or any feature creation/editing necessary within the 3D Profile Viewer.
    Tags :
     LiDAR, 3D Profile, 3D Editing, 3D View,3D Feature Editing
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  lsavage  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsGeodatabase Mar 15, 2013
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  • 130
    Points

    3D web scene offline

    Under Consideration

    Since ESRI is pushing for the 3D web scene as alternative for sharing 3D models, we need this technology enabled to share 3D models offline, like 3D PDF does.
    http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=640a410464fc4654ab8812d80e397a90
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    2 Comments  |  Posted by :  mbraghin  to Natural ResourcesArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Jul 2, 2013
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  • 30
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    It would be very helpful if you could enter multiple values when using the "Vertical Offset" tool found in the context menu of 3D editing.  Currently the tool only appears to accept a single value.  Could this tool be modified to allow multiple values in a comma separated format?

    Thinking something like this:  

    User-added image
    Tags :
     Desktop, 3D Analyst, 3D editing,
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  aaddison  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jul 11, 2013
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  • 30
    Points


    It would be nice if the recording tool could be used to create scene frames instead of just camera frames. I just needed something quick and creating the individual frames is time consuming.
    Tags :
     ArcScene 3D Analyst Animation Record Recording
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  • 550
    Points

    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.

    User-added image

    User-added image

    User-added image

    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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