We’ve all known for a while now that we can open CAD data, AutoCAD’s dwg and dxf formats and Microstations dgn format, and most of us have probably at least looked at Conversion Tools and noticed the ‘To CAD’ toolbox but how many of you have gone all the way? If you are curious and want to streamline the process it could be time to read on.
Now draftees aren’t as different as they seem, they’re particular about accuracy and they love layers or levels depending on your preferences. And don’t we all.
In the past you may have used the ‘Export To CAD‘ tool and sent them on their merry way. They have then had to go back and work on that outputted cad file making changes to suit their standards. Now we can actually be much kinder than that with very little effort.
Most of the projected coordinate systems we use to create maps of the World use the Greenwich meridian as the prime meridian. From time to time my clients ask me whether this can be changed and how to make a map centered on the International Date Line rather than the Greenwich meridian or how to center the ArcMap’s data frame on Australia. Let’s have a look at how to achieve this in ArcGIS for Desktop.
To add some fun to this task let’s also rotate the map upside down so that Australia will be displayed on top of the World. I’m sure that most of you saw The Upside Down World Map, which is very popular among tourists and even I have one hanging on the wall at home. So how did they make this map?
Unfortunately, the ArcSDE geodatabase cannot be renamed in SQL Server.
This also applies to moving or copying an ArcSDE geodatabase from one server to another using SQL Tools such as Detach and Attach, Backup and Restore, or the Copy Database wizard.
The ModelBuilder tool has been available in ArcGIS for Desktop since 2004 and it quickly gained a reputation of an easy-to-use application. It which can help the user to execute an entire geoprocessing workflow by adding and connecting tools and input/output datasets together in a graphical environment. Models created in the ModelBuilder are executable workflows that string together sequences of geoprocessing tools, feeding the output of one tool into another tool as input.
Such a workflow can be executed as a tool (if you right-click on it in the catalog window in ArcMap), or it can be exported to a python script and be incorporated into a larger script later on. And of course, you can trigger the execution of the model from within the ModelBuilder Window.
A model can have parameters – the elements that a user marks as “parameters” – so that they appear in the tools dialog if a model is executed as a geoprocessing tool using the tool’s dialog. You can find some information to get started with the ModelBuilder here: >>
Today I will show you one of the ways to turn your geoprocessing models into interactive geoprocessing tools by using the Feature Sets.
I’m sure you’ve seen this option when choosing to “Register As Versioned”, and if you have wondered…”What does this option do?”…let me explain.
Esri have released a free ‘Development and Testing’ ArcGIS Online subscription to get developers creating apps using the platform. On top of being able to create and host their own feature and tiled services; developers can access a range of services to integrate GIS functionality into their custom apps (Native and Web).
- Directions and Routing
- Basemaps (No credit usage)
- Feature Services
- Data Enrichment
- Spatial Analysis Services
- World Traffic (No credit usage)
As a technical support analyst and software trainer I am in constant contact with GIS users in Australia (predominantly in Queensland as I’m based in Brisbane). From time to time I realize that some of my clients are not aware of some of the simple improvements that the software developer implement with version upgrades. So I decided to make a brief overview of the “top five things” that my clients were not aware of or haven’t used in the new v10.2 software release.
So, if you’ve got ArcGIS for Desktop v 10.2, check out these hidden functions: