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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

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     Google Maps, Bing, Desktop, basemap
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  • 140
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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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  • 60
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    The Advanced ArcMap Settings Utility allows changing the location for Templates. This is handy, however it would be much better if multiple paths could be used to enable work group templates to be stored on a shared/nework drive, and personal templates to be stored locally or on personal network storage. There's no need to have an endless list of template locations, but the ability to have at least two or three would be very useful. Just in case you think "Aha! Let's use the Windows 7 Libraries for this!" - DON'T. Libraries require network locations to be made available off line which would kind of defeat the purpose in my opinion.

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     template, path, network, settings utility, multiple path, shared, library, arcmap, layout, mapping, custom, work group, storage, system path,
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  • 280
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    It's well known that ArcGIS only takes advantage of multiple processing threads to allow a single geoprossesing task to occur in the background while still interacting with the GUI. Any further processing is placed in a queue. A signifficant improvement on this (other than making the whole program multi-thread capable) would be to make batch geoprocessing tasks utilise more than the single thread currently used. If I run a batch of 4 Clip processes, there's probably no reason that at least two can't be run on parallel threads on a modern workstation (even my 3 year old workstation has 4 cores).

    This could also provide some relief for the fact that ArcGIS for Desktop is 32-Bit and hence somewhat hamstrung by limited memory access - processing large datasets which run out of memory could be done by breaking them down into tiles and running the required geoprocess on the tiles in parallel.
    Tags :
     parallel, threads, parallel processing, cpu, cores, background, batch, 32 bit,
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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.


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     ArcPy, Python, GUI, wxPython, Tkinter, designer
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  • 70
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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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  • 50
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    The science community likes to utilise Python site packages that are not included with the default installation of python included with ArcGIS 10.3. The science community also likes to write python scripts using a richer editing environment than the IDLE window provided with ArcGIS for Desktop. The science community likes to write python scripts with an advanced IDE such as Spyder.

    The installation of PythonXY ( https://code.google.com/p/pythonxy/wiki/Downloads ) onto a PC will allow users to utilise additional python site packages to those included with the ArcGIS installation and would also provide a much richer IDE for authoring python scripts than IDLE.

    Esri Support state that installing ArcGIS on a machine that has PythonXY already installed is not supported. Despite this, the system requirements for ArcGIS 10.3 do not specify that you CAN NOT install any other software alongside ArcGIS.

    If Esri is serious about supporting the scientific community and serious about how the future of ArcGIS will rely on users working with Python, then Esri should support a  richer Python IDE than IDLE and also support other Python site packages.

    Currently if you install ArcGIS for Desktop and Python XY they do work togethor. If you install the Data Interoperability extension though, ArcGIS breaks.

    Whilst 10.3 will include additional site packages, it doesn't include 'all' the site packages included with PythonXY and it also doesn't include a richer IDE for writing pythonscripts such as Spyder.
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     PythonXY, Python
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    I don't have the Maplex extension but I noticed there are some neat features in it.  I can't see forking over even more money to buy this extension.  What I would like to see is expanded options to the basic labeling engine.  It seems that surely some of the maplex options could be added and not necessarily all of them.  I have a number of instances where it could be helpful but I feel that it should be standard on the software. 
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     maplex, labeling
    2 Comments  |  Posted by :  ksjosh82  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jan 25, 2011
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  • 70
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    I need a Dissect Overlaps tool for ArcGIS similar to the Arcscript that William Huber created for the ArcView 3x software (http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=11126).  It would analyze and remove overlapping polygons, converting them to a theme having no overlaps. Each overlap would be cut out of the overlapping polygons and made into a new feature. All new features would be provided with identifiers (id), area (area), and a count of the number of overlapping polygons (count) that each new polygon represents.
    In the past, this capability has been especially useful in analyzing the wildfire histories of adjacent areas (the number of times that each polygon has burned).  It would likely reveal similar geographical patterns of repeated impact for other natural disasters such as post wildfire debris flows, tsunamis, floods, avalanches, landslides, hurricanes and possibly tornados.  It could also be used analyzing territory overlaps for many classes of competitors, including large wildlife predators, inner city gangs, third world warlords, and the territorial waters of nations.
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     "dissect overlaps","polygon overlap","fire history","analyzing overlaps"
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  glennstoddard  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Oct 3, 2012
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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!
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     Python, Publisher, PMF, Extensions
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  knapp  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jun 19, 2013
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  • 170
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    The Add Data Dialog Box does not recognize folder shortcuts. I create many shortcuts to project folders where I store personal geodatabases or shapefiles. It would be extremely useful to be able to see existing shortcuts I've created and go directly to the data source. This is a basic functionality of any Windows open dialog. I'm not sure why this is not already possible.
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     Folder, Shortcut, Add Data Dialog Box
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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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  • 170
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    (1) Ability to list all Source Layer(s) mapped to Target Layer(s) so I can choose which ones to unmap and (2) ability to bulk select matched fields to remove.  Our feature layers and tables have 30+ fields and I have to select and remove one matched field at a time if that particular Source and Target layer isn't to be mapped anymore.
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    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  YikMing  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsGeodatabase May 17, 2010
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  • 160
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    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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    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  mbraghin  to Natural ResourcesArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Jul 2, 2013
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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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    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.

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     PUG, Color Ramp, 256, symbology, full bright spectrum, geosoft, style file, Petroleum, Raster Display, raster, Spatial Analyst
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    It would be nice if you could see which license server you were getting a license from when viewing the "About ArcGIS" dialog box.  I think that this functionality existed at one time in an older version, but appears to have been removed.


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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  aaddison  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Sep 3, 2013
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    Topology rules that check for 3D issues in feature classes with z-values are needed. For example, '3D gaps' that exist in polygon data because of vertices with differing z-values are not identified with existing 2D topology checks.  Additionally, 3D polygon features without any 2D topology problems (e.g. gaps and overlaps) can exist on different planes because of differing z-values.  3D topology checks that identify these types of issues in 3D data would be useful. 
    Tags :
     3D, 3D topology, topology, topology checks
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  AViveiros  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jan 7, 2015
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  • 150
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    Even in  ArcGIS 10.1 version, I don't see the ability to populate the database domain's codes and descriptions of a feature class's field  meta data automatically. It is possible to edit metadata and add domain code and description one by one. Instead manually doing, is there a way to get/import/populate domain code and description automatically into metadata of the feature class? I did not find any auto population possibility unless export domains in to a table and edit an exported xml file and importing it back.
    I wish if there is a way to get domains auto populated as it is a heavy time consuming task to do manually, if there are many feature classes and many domains to maintain good metadata.
    Hope ESRI experts will address this in future. Thank You.
    Tags :
     Matadata Field Domain
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  • 90
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    It would be beneficial to incorporate OCR technology into ArcScan so that we can work more efficient when using this extension.
    Tags :
     ArcScan, OCR
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  • 510
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    ArcMap allows HTML popups to be used in addition to / as an alternative to the traditional identify tool.  This is a good way to create a custom view of information and include pictures, videos, etc.

    Using HTML popups in ArcMap also supports this function in ArcGIS Explorer when packgaging layers.

    ArcReader has no support at this stage (at version 10) for HTML popups. 

    To streamline the support of both of these ESRI viewers, I think it would be a good idea if ArcReader was able to view the HTML popups contained in an mxd that was published to a pmf.  The format / syntax / structure should be the same in both ArcGIS Explorer and ArcReader (and desktop for that matter) so the same HTML popup can be used in all of these ESRI products.

    (We use a mix of ArcGIS Explorer & ArcReader as our older computers don't run ArcGIS Explorer, map layout with traditional map elements is not a strength of ArcGIS Explorer, and for users who do not have access to a fast network)

    Thanks.

    Tags :
     ArcReader, HTML Popop
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