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  • 30
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    We have Delete Colormap and Delete Raster Attribute Table - why not Delete Pyramids? 

    This workaround is pretty kludgy:

    As it is it's a trivial Python script (see below) but users need this outside of scripting/modelbuilder.

    def ZapPyramids(ras):
        xenv = arcpy.env.pyramid
        arcpy.env.pyramid = "PYRAMIDS 0"
        arcpy.BuildPyramids_management(ras)
        arcpy.env.pyramid = xenv

     

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     pyramid, pyramids, raster
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  curtvprice  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Sep 24, 2014
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  • 50
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    I would like to request an enhancement to the Workflow Manager Custom Step 'SendNotification'.  Currently the step only allows emails to be sent to a hardcoded list of users on a particual notification type.  I would like to be able to specify a single email adress in the step itself so that it is dynamic.  This is because we are starting to use WM to create jobs for individual requests from staff throughout our organization.  When each job is complete, I want that original requestor to receive an email saying we've completed their request.

    The email we would use would probably be a token stored on an extended properties table.
    Tags :
     Workflow Manager, Email notification
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  • 70
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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!

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     pythonaddins, debugging, python, arcpy
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  • 110
    Points


    The pythonaddins.GPToolDialog() function should offer the ability to communicate progress/completion of the tool back to the python add-in (or any other place it is called from). When a tool dialog is called from a python add-in, the python script should be able to communicate with the tool that was launched, rather than losing communication. This will enable the python script to wait until the user has entered inputs into the tool dialog and either hit "OK" or "Cancel" and/or geoprocessing is complete. As things stand with 10.2.2, the pythonaddins.GPToolDialog() launches the tool dialog and the python code in the add-in continues to run (i.e. no communication), which causes problems if there are a sequence of tools to be launched that rely on the geoprocessing to happen in a sequential manner, or simply if the add-in relies on the geoprocessing of the tool immediately after the tool is complete.
     
    One idea is to specify whether or not the tool should be run as “MODAL” or “NONMODAL”. Effectively mixing the functionality between 10.2.1 and 10.2.2, but adding “gptool” object for communication.
     
    gptool = pythonaddins.GPToolDialog(toolbox, tool_name, {“NONMODAL”})


     
    Tools called with pythonaddins.GPToolDialog() launch as “MODAL” in 10.2.1, which means that the user can interact with the tool until “OK” or “Cancel” is pressed. It also means that the python script will wait until the tool is complete to execute the code that follows pythonaddins.GPToolDialog(), which is desirable.  In 10.2.2, the tool launches as “NONMODAL” so that the user can interact with the map/other tools while the tool dialog box is still open. However, the python script does not wait for completion, which is undesirable. Both modal and non-modal functionality are useful for particular situations, so having the option to use either would greatly increase user flexibility.
     
    The “gptool” object would provide a much needed means to communicate between python and the tool, much like a multiprocessing “pipe” or a “queue” (see python “multiprocessing” module). The object could have multiple methods and information associated with it, and would represent enhanced functionality of the pythonaddins.GPToolDialog() method.
     
    To summarize, having the option to be modal or non-modal, and have communication about progress/completion between python and the tool is would be fantastic.
    Tags :
     python, pythonaddins.GPToolDialog(), python add-in
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  Eddie63  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jun 2, 2014
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  • 750
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    With the the LAS Dataset for ArcGIS 10.1, the need for LAS files have increased. Off-shore industries, Oceanic and Coastal Authorities etc. have vast archives of xyz data stored in ascii, txt, xyz files originating from bathymetric suyveys (mulibeam).
    A conversion tool (like LASTools) that writes XYZ to LAS, enables these "sleeping giants" to come alive in ArcMap/ArcScene.
    Fast contouring is vitial, and very
    Bathymetric data is very dense, often +100 xyz pr. meter square, which, stored in a feature class, is very slow/impossible to visualize.
    LAS Dataset is fantastic, but without LAS data, really no fun.
    Tags :
     LAS, LIDAR, XYZ, Bathymetry, Hydrographic Survey
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  • 690
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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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  • 460
    Points


    In pre-10 releases of the desktop software, I utilized a set of tools in Catalog that allowed the user to generate seperate xml documents of Domains, Relationship Classes and other behavior and business objects.  It was very handy for modifying these objects and then re-importing them back into the geodatabase without having to re-run a CASE, Diamgrammer or Workspace XML-

    Thanks!
    David
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    4 Comments  |  Posted by :  dcoley  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsGeodatabase Sep 29, 2011
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  • 20
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    Adding a text editor, Line and Polygon drawing tool to ArcReader would be incredibly helpful for our fieldstaff to make legible mark-ups, otherwise it looks like young children drawing on figure edits.

    The highlighter/pen tool works ok for now, but an update to the tools would go a long way.




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     ArcReader, text, editor, polygon, line
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  • 60
    Points


    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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  • 120
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    It would be great to be able to convert the ArcGIS Layout map with the symbolyzed layers, labels and graphics, i.e legend, title, northarrow, scale bar etc as an Autocad layout. Cad layouts are provided for vessel navigation and it would be nice to have to prepare a layout only in ArcGIS. The data in Autocad should be transferred as per layer definition in ArcGIS.
    Tags :
     PUG, ArcGIS Layout, AutoCAD
    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  narmina  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsPetroleum Aug 13, 2012
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  • 90
    Points


    It'd be great if you could extract raster values to shapefile or geodatabase polygons, not just to points or graphic shapes. For now you have to use 'zonal stats as table" (which is super buggy in 10) and join the table back to the polygon layer , or convert your polys to raster 'zones", or use Hawth's Tools.  Hawth's Tools is the easiest by far, and it should be a snap for the ESRI programmers to implement in SP1 or SP2.
    Tags :
     Spatial Analyst, Zonal, Extraction
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  jdavies  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Oct 26, 2010
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  • 9330
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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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  • 390
    Points


     Currently, we can build a network but we cannot Create a new Network with Python.  If we have separate Departments where one department maintains the street layer and the second uses the street network, we need an automated process for creating a network when extracting the data from the department that maintains the street layer, so that this process can be automated.  Currently, I see it as a manual process.
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     network, network dataset, network analyst, network server
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  • 20
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    I would like to be able to customize the QuickProject wizard properties in ArcPad to disable the recording GPS tracklog option, rather than having to manually uncheck it.  I've set up templates for our ArcPad users and would like to make as few clicks as possible.  Some of them scare easily :)
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  shgahler  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMobile GIS Jan 10, 2014
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  • 190
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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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  • 100
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    Often times, it is necessary to create a network dataset that is identical to another network dataset. Right now, doing that requires that I take lots of screen shots of the network dataset wizard, copy and paste the text of larger expressions and scripts to Notepad, and then step through the new network dataset wizard.  It would be great to be able to load network dataset properties and attributes from an existing network dataset and/or save and load network dataset properties and attributes from a file.
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  dbzedler  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jul 26, 2011
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  • 60
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    There should be a default exception handler for Addins.
    Currently if an unhandled exception escapes the addin developer's code, the addin will crash ArcMap.
    ArcMap should run all Addin code within an exception handler to protect addin users.

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    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  rsarwas  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Jul 28, 2011
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  • 980
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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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  • 3320
    Points


    i don't want to have to drive down into other toolboxes to find the tool i'm looking for.  Lets bring back the index where we can easily see what tools are available!  The search function is okay now but i don't want to search on everything in desktop just the tools.  Why take away something so useful?
    Tags :
     Search, Index, UI, Usability
    36 Comments  |  Posted by :  Judkinsdr  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Aug 13, 2010
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  • 30
    Points


     
    Actually WMS legends  published by ArcGIS server 10.2 are not interpreted by many web/desktop GIS clients.

    The reason is that the "GetLegend  operation" is not present in the WMS Capabilities published by ArcGIS server


    OGC WMS getlegend operation is not mandatory, otherwise WMS Legend is a basic and essential component for any use of WMS services.

    Please add this capabilities.
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