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    ArcGIS Tips / Tricks & Tools

    An assortment of everyday usable stuff that may increase your productivity or just make others say WOW!

    we believe in making use of what others will let us borrow - we don't

    have programmer resources available often, or for gis projects, so much of what we

    do is 'borrowed' or out of the box or modified from existing code. there are lots of

    things you can do with existing resources, things to make doing the gis activities

    you need to do easier for repetitive tasks, and that with a little know-how and

    resourcefulness there is a whole lot more potential to GIS that you can offer your


    Everyone has things they take pride in, maybe they made something themselves

    or got a group of people using. Often they improve productivity while using existing


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    Bryan Townsend

    GIS Administrator, York County, SC

    Brad Barnell

    GIS Manager, Greenwood County, SC

    Shane Sprouse

    GIS Analyst, Greenwood County, SC

    Sandra Ellenberg

    GIS Analyst, Greenwood County, SC

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    Blogs? (lots of info nuggets here) (david maguire) (Brian Goldin)

    Getting Started with GeoChat Richie Carmichael

    (like the website news for nerds, stuff that matters, but with geospatial twist)

    Why read blogs? Latest in GIS happenings; news, product reviews/issues, ways to use gis

    There are numerous ESRI Staff blogs. David Maguire (esri Director of products)

    SpatiallyAdjusted links to other blogs -

    More GIS/ESRI Staff Blogs.

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    Places to start when you need help extensions, scripts forums, downloads -- ESRI Developer Network

    Try searching when you have an issue. Someone has likely had

    your same problem and posted how they fixed it. If you run into an issue where

    nobody has posted, pay it forward when you resolve it by posting how you solved

    your issue.

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    Other Resources (tips) Tips and Tricks

    Connecting to an Excel Table for use in

    ArcCatalog and ArcMap (*out-of-box @ 9.2)

    Recover your identify results window or any other

    window that has accidentally gotten moved off

    your screen

    When researching tips and tricks for this session I knew we would present what we

    knew well and were already using. There are a few others who have put together

    materials similar to this and the next few slides provides a summary of these

    tips/tricks that were discovered.

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    Other Resources (tips)

    Vermont Center for Geographic Information

    ArcGIS and Tech tips

    Lots of ArcScript suggestions, some tips and tricks

    (location of normal.mxt, calculating field tips), a

    listing of free tools & other tools

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    Other Resources (tips)

    ESRI Wisconsin User Group (EWUG)

    2004 presentation ArcGIS Tips and Tools Geoprocessing wizard toolbox, recognizing ArcInfo interchange

    files, working with tables, generating a report, common calculation formulas using vbScript, Shortcuts, thumbnails

    cartography (transparency, clipping data frames, templates, printing/exporting maps)

    work performance tips (grouping layers, data frame focus, new layer visibility, cancel drawing, pausing the drawing in ArcMap,removing buttons, create graphic circle with specific radius, calculate area of graphic in ArcMap, count features within graphic area),

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    Other Resources (tips)

    Utah AGRC Tips and Tricks (technical document section)

    About Fields in the ArcGIS 9.0 Geodatabase

    Field definition, field name, field types, issues with

    loading and exporting data (using the simple data

    loader, exporting from pGDB to shapefile)

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    Where did we find it?

    Key for Tips and Tricks

    (O) - Out-Of-The-Box

    (A) - ArcScripts

    (H) - Home Grown

    (S) - /

    (C) ESRI Class

    Level of Difficulty or User Experience Needed

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    1. (Brad) AXL File Hacks (Creating & Labeling a Major Roads Layer)

    2. (Brad) Shareware JavaScript optimizer to reduce the size of an ArcIMS website

    3. (Sandra) Parcel editing tools (line editing toolbar, zipper task, map book)

    4. (Shane) TerraserverGP download tool

    5. (Shane) Multiversion Spatial view in RDBMS to display edits in the adds table

    6. (O) Change Data Source of ArcMap Doc. / Find & Replace Pathnames

    7. (O) Why DownloadShare using ArcIMS!

    8. (S) ArcIMS Performance: Analyze Log Files

    9. (A) Log Concurrent License Use

    10. (C) Export all Layer Files from ArcMap using simple VBA

    11. (H) Organize Data by Layers

    12. (S) Archive Data Model: All deleted features archived in a history FeatureClass

    13. (H) Set up a Spatial View in your RDBMS: Take advantage of hyperlinking

    14. (O) Custom ArcPad data collection using Out-of-the-Box Geodatabase Design

    15. (A) Geodatabase Diagrammer

    16. (A) NPS Metadata tools

    17. (O) System Monitoring with Big Brother/Hobbit

    Lots of tips / tricks and tools here. Way more than advertised in the title of the session. This ppt will

    be posted on the ineternet.

    A few more not included

    (A) - download and use xTools Pro, it has many free tools you dont have to pay for. Delete

    fields, calculate acres.

    (O) Package data with ArcPad or Disconnected editing toolbars. ArcPad toolbar extracts

    images to MrSID files, both clip to extent and produce a map document retaining layer properties

    including view extents and symbology.

    (H) NPS Metadata Tools Extension, custom toolbar from that wraps up the

    USGS mp.exe FGDC metadata parser and validator, allows you to spellcheck your metadata

    with MS Office, lets you export to 5 different formats, and best of all is FREE.

    (S) Geocoding development kit

    (A) TerraServerGP Download DRG, DOQ or Urban Area imagery from MS TerraServer. Uses

    extent of features in layer (county boundaries, makes individual images for each county

    boundary). It is added as a tool in the Toolbox.

    (A) - GeoDatabase Reporter

    (C) - GeoDatabase Toolset

    (A)(0) Build image catalog from a directory of images within ArcCatalog, use vb Replace()

    function to remove the path and leave the file name in another field using ArcMap. replace(

    [IMAGE] ,"G:\chester_orthos_sid_out\tiles_20\", "")

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    Creating a Major Road Layer


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    Labeling Based on Area


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    Labeling on a Predefined Scale Value


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    Compacting JavaScript Files


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    Compacting Options


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    Compacting Results


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    Some of you may think the the ArcScripts and Developers Samples are just for the Gurus.

    Please explore the many options out there. You will be amazed at how easy these tools will be.

    Dont be afraid to call ESRI support.

    Read the User forums.

    Other new Users have the same questions.

    Bonus Tip For Attribute Transfer Added to this presentation.

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    Line Editing Toolbar:

    This set of code contains a toolbar with six commands for the editing of lines and three additional commands for displaying characteristics of lines (vertices, dangles, and directions). The purpose of the toolbar is to provide some additional functionality for editing of line work. Some of the commands are similar to what can be done with ArcEdit.

    I missed the features of ArcEditing coverages when we changed to ArcGIS editing.

    So I was glad to find a great toolbar that offered the things I had come accustomed

    to using. This way I can turn on the vertices for my lines and see the directions etc.

    Go to ESRI support to download

    this script (filename

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    Functionality in this toolbar includes:

    1. Display vertices and end points.

    2. Display directional arrows.

    3. Display dangles.

    4. Split at midpoint.

    5. Divide lines.

    6. Proportion lines.

    7. Remove dangles.

    8. Create intersections.

    9. Flip Command.

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    Map Book

    We had a need in Greenwood County for a Map

    Grid Book. Our first version was created with

    AMLs. This Map Book script has been very helpful

    in creating grid books for Law Enforcement, EMS,

    Dispatch and even Public works uses.

    DS_Map_BookVisual_Basic creates a Map Series

    that can be exported out to jpg or pdf.

    We had a need in Greenwood County for a Map Grid Book. Our first version was

    created with AMLs. This Map Book script has been very helpful in creating grid

    books for Law Enforcement, EMS, Dispatch and even Public works uses.

    This Map Book Developers Sample is found



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