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ArcGIS Pro Tips: Why Undo is Underrated


My favorite keyboard shortcut is definitely¬†Ctrl+Z. Undo. It can be comforting to know that a couple taps on a keyboard can quickly undo any typos or unwanted actions. Trial and error is an essential part of the scientific process, and … Continue reading

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Animation with the ArcGIS Pro 1.2 SDK: The Millennium Force Coaster at Cedar Point


3D GIS animation is an exciting capability of ArcGIS Pro, and now even more so with expanded functionality with the Pro 1.2 SDK for .NET. There is already a rich set of animation features you can leverage directly from the … Continue reading

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Sharing (functions) is caring

red is urban core, green is suburban, black is rural/no population

Last week I showed how you can use functions to identify core urban areas. Building off of that, there are a couple of other things that you can do. One is to use the same logic and map out suburban … Continue reading

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Map projection animations

By Dr. A Jon Kimerling, Professor Emeritus, Oregon State University

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There are many ways that we can think about similarities among map projections. We can group projections as similar in map scale or as serving similar user communities. Cartographers often take a different approach and group projections by similar geometrical properties or by similar mathematics underlying their construction. Grouping projections into cylindrical, conic, and azimuthal classes is an example of grouping by similar geometrical properties, whereas categorizing projections as conformal, equal area, and equidistant is an example of grouping by similar distortion properties that are a consequence of the mathematics underlying the projections. Continue reading

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New ArcGIS Server Tips-n-Tricks videos

In case you haven’t seen them yet, several new videos were posted on ArcGIS Server’s video page to help you get started with some of the features in ArcGIS Server 10:

And, here’s another couple new videos:

There are many more videos available via the Resource Centers, among the most popular are the DevSummit technical and user sessions. So, be sure to check them out.

Last but not least, be sure to subscribe to the video page’s RSS, such as this RSS feed for ArcGIS Server. That way you get automatically notified whenever a new video is posted. 

 -Andy (@agup)

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Adding animations to your map with notes

In an earlier post we looked at how you can add live Web cams to your map using the live Old Faithful cam at Yellowstone National Park. Continuing with that theme, let’s look at how we can add some of the animated media found at the Park Web site to our map.

First, let’s zoom to the boundary around Yellowstone National Park. We found the boundary for Yellowstone National Park at the NPS Data clearinghouse and downloaded it as a shapefile. Then added it to our

We added a point note, placing it in the middle of the Park. The note popup automatically opens in edit mode, and we’ve already changed the title.

Now let’s go to the Yellowstone Web site. We found a link on the left of the main page titled Nature & Science which we followed, eventually taking us to the hotspot page with hot spot theories and some really spiffy flash animations.

All we need to do is copy the URL of this page and paste it in our note.

That was easy, and worked out great. And here’s how it looks.

But what we wanted was just the animation. The Park site doesn’t provide a direct link, so in this case it’s a little more of challenge to grab just the Flash animation. So we had to do a little investigation and use a little HTML and Web site knowledge. Here’s how we figured it out.

First we right-clicked on the page to view it’s source, and found the spot in the document where the flash animation is referenced. It was in the midst of  another set of code to launch the flash player, and here is what that looked like.

Now the path, highlighted in yellow above, is relative, so we had to figure out what the public URL would be to the animation. Looking at the URL to the main Park site, we could figure it out pretty easily. Here is the URL to the main page.


So we just added the root of the URL above to the relative path in the URL we found in the page code.

Then we just pasted everthing including the EMBED tags into our note.


And here’s the final result – just what we wanted, just the Flash animation in our popup.

It’s easy to use HTML in popups to do very interesting things.

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