Monthly Archives: March 2011

ArcPad 10.0.2 Beta out now

The ArcPad release cycle is changing. We now will have more frequent releases, meaning we can deliver useful features and enhancements to customers more often.


Those of you who went to the Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit in Palm Springs will have seen some great improvements to ArcPad that are now ready for all of you to try out:



  • Improved annotation and graphics layer support

  • Customization of toolbars from within ArcPad

  • Ability to create ArcPad Apps

Apply to download ArcPad 10.0.2 beta now!



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Using ArcGIS Mobile 10

My name is Chris O. with Esri Support Services, Redlands, CA. ArcGIS 10 introduced a new way to create Mobile projects and to be able to serve them out to the Web, as well as use them in a non-server environment. Today we’ll take a step by step approach in this purely Desktop approach.



  1. Prep your client


    • Open the ArcGIS Mobile client and click the menu button, choose Settings and Application Settings. This is where the default folder locations are located for your projects. Feel free to add folders you want to use to store your projects.

  2. Prep your geodatabase


    • There are two kinds of layers in Mobile- Operational layers and Basemap layers. If you are using Operational layers in the field, you can make edits to it as long as you have GlobalIDs set. This can be done by just clicking in ArcCatalog on the feature class and choosing Add Global ID.

  3. Build your map


    • Add your data in the map and modify the symbology to make it easier to use in the field.

    • You will need to set the extent of the map by going to the Data Frame Properties > Data Frame tab and choose ‘Other:’ in the Extent Used by Full Extent Command. You can pick the current visible extent, an outline of one of the features, or a custom extent you choose. This will set the boundary for your project.

    • Save the map.

  4. Create the Mobile Map


    • Open the geoprocessing tool in Mobile Tools > Create Mobile Map

    • Load the map and set the output folder where you want the mobile cache to be created. This folder can then be used or moved to the mobile device.

    • Choose the layers you want to include (by default if none are checked, all will be included).

    • Run the tool.

  5. (optional) Move the newly create project (.amp file and MobileCache folder) to the location on the device as set in step 1.

  6. Open your project in ArcGIS Mobile


    • You will see it available in your list of projects on the device.

    • Create, modify, or delete any of your operational layers.

    • Changes made are tracked through the Manage Edits area in Mobile.

  7. Check in your edits


    • When the desired changes are made, or when the field crew returns, copy the Mobile Cache folder back to the server.

    • Use the Synchronize Mobile Cache geoprocessing tool and choose the same original MXD that was used in Step 4. Browse to the updated cache folder and choose the layers you want to check in.

  8. Now the edits are back in the geodatabase and the map will be updated.


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Why are my Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst toolbars gray?

Hi all, my name is Jeff and I am a member of the GeoData Raster team at ESRI Support Services located in Charlotte, NC. As more and more users make the switch to ArcGIS 10, one of the most common calls that I have received is a complaint that the toolbar for Spatial Analyst or 3D Analyst is not working correctly.



From a Support perspective there is a standard troubleshooting routine that I follow,



  1. Open the ArcGIS Administrator and check to see that the tool is authorized. (Be sure to close ArcMap or it will not open.)


  2. Check to see that the extension is turned on in Customize > Extensions.


You have done both but the toolbar is still gray? In order to make the toolbar active there is one final step. And what is that final step to make your toolbar ‘light up’ you may ask? Well the final step is to add a raster. For the Spatial Analyst toolbar tools to be activated, a DEM (or raster that can be used as a DEM) must be added to the ArcMap document. The tool buttons on Spatial Analyst control the Contour and Histogram tools and without a raster appearing in the drop-down interface those tools will remain grayed out.


For 3D Analyst, the buttons control the Create Contours, Steepest Path, Line of Sight, and Interpolation features and Profile Graph. Without a DEM or raster with elevation data, the toolbar buttons will remain inactive. However, the buttons that launch ArcScene and ArcGlobe will be active if the extension is turned on.


Fear not, even if the buttons are not active, as long as the extension is enabled and properly authorized you will still be able to use any of the 3D Analyst or Spatial Analyst tools in toolbox.


Jeff S., Geodata – Raster Team, Esri Support Services



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ArcGIS Beta Community Launched

This week Esri launched a new Web Site called the ArcGIS Beta Community during the Esri Partner Conference/DevSummit in Palm Springs, CA. The ArcGIS Beta Community is a place where GIS developers and GIS users can access, and then test, early versions of Esri’s newest products and services in beta.


To join the community, all that is required is an Esri Global Account, and a willingness to provide feedback to us.


Benefits of Joining:



  • A portal for all things beta at Esri

  • Test workflows and prepare for upcoming upgrades

  • Explore innovative solutions and develop best practices

  • Provide feedback to influence final products

  • Prototype applications and product solutions

  • Weekly tasks and surveys to keep testing focused

  • Stay informed of new developments within the GIS industry

Visit the ArcGIS Beta Community today to learn more about available beta programs. You can apply for a specific beta program by logging into the site, completing a short survey and agreeing to the terms of use.


The following products are available today in public beta, with more opportunities coming in the future!



  • ArcGIS for Android 1.0 Beta

  • ArcGIS API for iOS 1.8 Beta

  • ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight 2.2 Beta

  • ArcGIS API for Microsoft WPF 2.2 Beta

  • ArcGIS API for Windows Phone 2.2 Beta

  • ArcGIS Viewer for Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Beta

In the ever evolving world of GIS, stay ahead of the trend by joining the ArcGIS Beta Community!


Joseph M., Tech Writer, Esri Support Services



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Changing up the way a TIN is rendered

Many GIS users are probably familiar with triangulated irregular networks (TINs) and how they bring together a set of vector points into a continuous surface. TINs can be used in ArcMap or ArcScene and can be rendered in a variety of ways.


When a TIN is added it is usually symbolized with the basic green faces. This can seem boring and just does not show the data in the way that you may want.



Even the Layer Properties dialog box of the TIN does not seem to provide many options for changing the symbology. Sure, you can change the color of the faces, but there does not seem to be many other choices.



Well, there are several options beyond just rendering using the faces or edge types. By clicking the Add… button as indicated in the screenshot above, the following render types can be added as the symbology of the TIN:



  • Contours


    • Contour with the same symbol

  • Faces


    • Face elevation with graduated color ramp

    • Face slope with graduated color ramp

    • Face tag value grouped with unique symbol

    • Faces with the same symbol

  • Edges


    • Edge type grouped with unique symbol

    • Edge with the same symbol

  • Nodes


    • Node elevation with graduated color ramp

    • Node tag values grouped with unique symbol

    • Node with the same symbol


From the Add Renderer dialog, choose the desired renderer. The same renderer can be added multiple times along with the combination of other renderers. After adding in a new renderer, click the Dismiss button to close out the window. Now the TIN’s symbology can be modified in the Layer Properties dialog.



Renderers can even be combined to form all sorts of combinations. Just turn on the renderers you want to display. You can even change the drawing order as well.



By using other renderers you can add some life to your TINs. Get away from the old green symbology and show more with your data. For additional information on TIN Surface renderers in ArcMap and ArcScene please see Display options for TIN surfaces .


-Timothy H., Support Analyst – Geodata Raster Group, Esri Support Services – Charlotte, NC



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Everything in its right place

 

What does your data look like? No, I don’t mean spatially… What does your data model look like?

When was the last time you really took a good look?

Various tools exist to model data for later import into ArcGIS. UML has been leveraged extensively in the past but there are newer, alternative methods available for data modeling at no cost that provide many of the same tools in a more intuitive package. My personal favorite, and one I have used extensively in the past, is ArcGIS Diagrammer. ArcGIS Diagrammer is a visual editor for Esri’s XML Workspace Document, available through the Resource Center. I am excited to announce that a new release has been made available for use with ArcGIS 10.

ArcGIS Diagrammer enables a comprehensive set of tools to access, edit, and design geodatabases for your organization, including the ability to:

  • Create, edit, or analyze geodatabase schema

  • Export or import XML to/from any geodatabase

  • Create detailed HTML data, schema, and XML reports

Don’t just take my word for it, check it out on the Resource Center and the Developer’s Blog for more information on this remarkable tool…

ArcGIS Diagrammer for ArcGIS 10

http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/arcobjects-net-api/details?entryID=F12ADF8F-1422-2418-34B2-C276C6BCCF98

Developer’s Blog

http://kiwigis.blogspot.com/2010/07/arcgis-diagrammer-for-arcgis-10.html

**Previous releases exist for 9.2 and 9.3 as well.

Jonathan D. – Geodata Support Analyst


 

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