Imagery Video Gallery has been updated – 5 new quick tutorials

Quick tutorial videos seem to be very popular with a lot new help systems. Our team thought it would be a great idea to create a bunch of quick tutorials and put them onto our Imagery Video Gallery.

So far we have the following videos created:
- Adding a raster dataset into ArcMap
- Opening the Image Analysis window
- Combining bands using the Image Analysis window
- Pan-sharpening a raster dataset using the Image Analysis window
- Clipping and Masking using the Image Analysis window

This is just what we have created so far.  Please give us any feedback you have about these videos.


Contributed by: Simon Woo


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Product Documentation for Business Analyst 10

 By Lucy Guerra

You may have noticed that a Documentation directory is no longer installed with Business Analyst Desktop at the 10 release. The information that was formerly stored in that directory is now available on the Resource Center. You can easily access this information by going to

Click on Business Analyst Desktop and on the left side of the page you will see links to lots of useful information about the product.


Click on Help to view an up-to-date version of the help system that was shipped with the product.  New information will be added and existing topics updated as it becomes necessary. 

Click on Documentation to see Data Dictionaries, Tutorials, What’s New, and other resources.

Click on Whitepapers to view data methodology and a variable list. Some items in this section are “locked” meaning that you’ll need to use your Esri Global Account to sign in and view.



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Customizing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop Part 2 – Application Configurations

In Part 1 of our series we looked at how to use pre-compiled add-ins to extend ArcGIS Explorer’s capabilities. In this post we’ll take customization a step further by looking at how you can control the appearance and behavior of ArcGIS Explorer using Application Configurations.

Application Configurations make it easy to create customized versions of Explorer that target different user groups or workflows. Using configurations you can do the following: 

  • Re-organize the functionality available on the ribbon.  This could involve removing existing buttons, groups or entire tabs. 
  • Create your own tabs and groups, to which you can add existing Explorer controls and/or custom controls contained within add-ins.
  • Control application permissions (e.g. open maps, printing, adding content, and more).
  • Apply your own branding, such as a custom splash screen or logo.
  • Load specific content when ArcGIS Explorer starts.
  • Specify your own address/place finding or routing services.

Here’s an example of a configuration we designed specifically for a kiosk-style application targeted at school kids:


In the above example the ribbon has been simplified to only include capabilities which are appropriate to the application. The Home tab has been removed but a new Tools tab has been added which has two new groups containing out-of-the-box controls, custom controls, and a geoprocessing tool.

You don’t have to be a programmer to configure ArcGIS Explorer – you create and manage Explorer configurations using the Application Configuration Manager. This is a separate application that is installed during the ArcGIS Explorer installation and can be opened from the ArcGIS Explorer program group available under the Start menu:


After starting the Application Configuration Manager you can choose an existing application configuration to work with, or create a new configuration by clicking Add.


Here are the steps we used to create the application configuration shown earlier in this post:

Step 1 – Create a new Application Configuration
Click the Add button to create a new configuration then click the Modify button to edit the configuration.

Step 2 – General Settings
Under the General tab we defined the map document to open and restricted various application level permissions such as creating, opening, and saving maps. See the general properties help topic for more details.


Step 3 – Display Settings
Under the Display tab we set the application title and specified our own splash screen.


Step 4 – Add-ins
Using the Add-ins tab we specified the add-ins that we wanted to include in the application configuration.  The custom controls contained within the add-ins are then available to be added to the ribbon.

Step 5 – Customizations
Under the Customization tab we re-organized the ribbon, cut down the application menu and prevented the use of many context menus. We started by expanding the items in the left hand panel then used the actions in the right hand panel to add or remove capabilities.


Once the changes had been made we clicked OK and then used the Preview button to try out the application configuration.

Step 6 – Deployment
One of the nice things about an application configuration is that it is a single file (with a .ncfg extension). This makes it easy to deploy to a local or central file system or to distribute via E-mail.

Check out the Application Configuration Manager and other related topics for more information.

In the next post in this series we’ll take a look at creating add-ins using the Explorer SDK.

(Mike Branscomb & Mike Rudden - ArcGIS Explorer product engineers)

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Symbols and styles in ArcGIS 10.0

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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There are some great new enhancements to the way you work with styles and symbols in ArcGIS 10! Finding the right symbol and managing styles is now simpler and easier. Continue reading

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ArcGIS 10 Fiber Tools Enterprise GDB Setup

This blog entry details the recommended steps to create a correctly configured enterprise database environment for use with the fiber editing tools…

The fiber editing tools have been designed to work against file based or enterprise geodatabase environments. To use the tools with an enterprise setup an empty enterprise level database must be configured with the Telecom Object Model schema in the correct spatial projection for your area.

Continue reading

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Using ArcGIS Online basemap gallery in your custom JS apps


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New Election Results Viewer Template for ArcGIS 10 Available

The Election Results Viewer template is a java-script application and configuration of ArcGIS Server that provides election results information to the general public and other interested parties.  It offers a map-based view of election results that allows users to locate an address or voting precinct and review election results that are summarized in a simple bar chart presented in an information popup.

The Election Results Viewer Template

The Election Results Viewer can be used by Clerks, Election agencies, or other local government organizations to deliver a web-based election reporting application. We’ve included voter turnout and several different political contests in the template so you can see how layers can be created for each contest and the results presented in a simple web mapping application.  One of the first things you’ll want to think about when deploying this template, is which political contests should be included in your Election Results application.    

Select a political contest you’re interested in

This template can be used to provide 24×7 access to real-time election results or used to supplement other methods used to disseminate election results.  In local governments that have deployed an automated voting system to tally results, the tabular results can be converted to geographic features that can be visualized on the map. If an automated system is not present in the local government, a simple spreadsheet can be used to automate the election results and to create the geographic features visualized on the map.  

Election results presented in a simple information popup

We’ve provided a geoprocessing script in the template that will help you convert tabular election results into spatial features you can store in your local government geodatabase.  The script reads a simple Excel spreadsheet of election results data and creates a feature class for each political contest with the appropriate election results information.  Each time the script runs, it populates a field called LASTUPDATE with the current date/time so users will know how current the results are when using your Election Results Viewer application.

Converting election results into geographic features

The Election Results Viewer also includes a series of local government map designs used to author the election results web map.  In summary, the web map uses four different map services to present content to users.  The first is a simple county boundary basemap that is cached for performance; the second map is a dynamic service that provides the election results; and the last two services are cached overlays of reference data (buildings, street labels, polling places, etc.) that provide context for the election results.  We’ve provided the MSDs used to author the map services, and the original MXDs so you can review the map designs in ArcMap, in the template download.

The elections results web map

Finally, you’ll notice the Election Results Viewer adds two new feature datasets to the Local Government information model.   The ElectionResults feature dataset contains the election results information used in the viewer.  This content is dynamic in nature and may be updated frequently on election night.  The ElectionAdministration feature dataset contains more static information (electoral districts, polling places, precincts, etc.) used on a daily basis to administer the voting and electoral process.  Many of the features in the ElectionAdministration feature dataset are used in the Election Results Viewer but typically only for reference purposes.  In the future, look for another template to be posted that will help with the maintenance of the election geography contained in this feature dataset.  

Give the Election Results Viewer template a try.  We hope you’ll find it valuable when publishing your election results this November and look forward to your feedback.

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Uninstalling ArcGIS 9.3.1 Before Upgrading to Version 10

Uninstalling any tools that were used with the 9.3.1 version of ArcGIS Desktop


Any programs or tools that were installed to be used with ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 must be uninstalled BEFORE uninstalling ArcGIS Desktop.  This includes any PLTS and solutions (Aero, Defense, etc), or Community Map Tools.  These tools are built on top of the core product and problems can occur if they are uninstalled out of order.


Removing any ArcGIS related tools


  1. Go to Start – Control Panel – Add or Remove Programs
  2. If you have installed the CommunityMapTool, then select that program and hit Remove.
  3. If you have installed RoadNetworkEditAssist then select that program and hit Remove.
  4. Select any PLTS programs and hit Remove.
  5. The first version of AGOLIdentifyOverpassUnderpassSegments.dll will need to be removed by running the Un-Install.bat file that was delivered with the dll. Subsequent versions are delivered in the CommunityMapTool.

Once all the tools have been removed you can remove ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Desktop by using Add or Remove Programs.

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Getting started with Python map automation

ArcGIS 10 provides a new Python mapping module (arcpy.mapping) that
allows you to interact with the contents of map documents and layer
files without necessarily needing to interactively open an ArcMap
session.  The methods, properties and functions available in this new
map scripting API enable you, for example, to automate changing data
sources, modify layer properties, export and print maps, as well as
automate the creation of thematic maps and map series.  Because the new
mapping module is part of the ArcPy geoprocessing framework, scripts can
be used within ArcGIS Desktop but also published to ArcGIS Server as
geoprocessing services making it much easier to make mapping and
printing capabilities available on the server.

The following links are resources that will help you learn more about
arcpy.mapping as well as sample scripts available for download:

  •  A “Python Scripting for Map Automation in ArcGIS 10
    video presented at the 2010 Developer’s Summit is an excellent starting
    point.  This presentation not only introduces arcpy.mapping but also
    demonstrates many of its use cases. 
  • ArcGIS Desktop help has a complete section dedicated to the ArcPy mapping module.  Embedded within the help are over 100 different, practical help samples that can be copied/pasted into your applications.
  • Approximately 20 script tools that perform routine map and layer management tasks, printing and exporting, as well as basic cartographic operations
  • A script tool
    that combines Data Driven Pages, arcpy.mapping, and the ReportLab site
    package to generate a map series that includes index pages
  • A script that automatically repositions a locator map on a page layout avoiding overlap with underlying features.
  • A script that calculates adjacent page numbers to be used for a map series.
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Converting KML to Layer Packages

ArcGIS Explorer desktop can view KML in both 2D and 3D. ArcGIS Desktop
(ArcMap) can export KML, but does not yet enable you to view it. So how do you
view your favorite KML in ArcMap? One way is to use a new capability of the
latest ArcGIS Explorer release and convert it to a layer package. For more information see this post from the Explorer blog.


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