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  • 90
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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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    I would like to know the remaining time of running process or percentage. If I run tool from toolbox (for example Identiy (Analysis)) I can see that process is running, I can see in Results message Executing:..., Start and End time of tools. Is there any possibility to implement time or percentage of progress?
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     results; processing; remaining time; executing
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  mopy  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions 3 days ago
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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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  • 70
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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.
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     3D model, 3D printer, visualization
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  rase  to ArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMaps and Content Apr 12, 2014
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  • 20
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    When downloading the map packages, the data originally in folders following the requirements of no spaces, etc will be extracted into new folders with 50+ characters and spaces resulting in errors if especially performing spatial analysis and causing havoc in file management especially when managing a classroom of students.

    Please resolve issue in unpackaging map packages into original folder.  If folder of same name perhaps have it prompt for replacing or simply add a '1' or '2' appemded to the end of the folder if one exists already rather than adding 50+ characters and spaces.
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     map package, file management,spatial analysis
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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
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     ArcPy
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  • 400
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     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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  • 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.
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     geoprocessing, arcgis desktop, cancel, usability, software quality
    6 Comments  |  Posted by :  msiadak  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Feb 28, 2012
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  • 190
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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.
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     3D polygons, geology, fault plane, Petroleum
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  marcoticci  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsMining Aug 7, 2012
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  • 70
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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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  • 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!
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     python addin, debug, breakpoint
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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.
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     direction, angle, azimuth, bearing, distance, measure, near, military, cogo, 3d mesurements
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  • 320
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    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.
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     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!
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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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  • 140
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    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).
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     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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    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

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     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. 

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     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.
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     3D new featureclass xyz 3Dshapes
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  mprojo  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop Extensions Nov 15, 2013
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  • 80
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    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. 

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     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.
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     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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