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Geocoding Improvements and Deprecations in ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 and ArcGIS Pro 1.4

With almost every new release of ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS for Server, there are changes that aim to improve software quality and performance; sometimes, these changes require you to update your workflows. The improvements and deprecations made for geocoding in ArcMap 10.5 and ArcGIS Pro 1.4 may break some existing workflows or require you to prepare before installing ArcGIS 10.5. In this post, we’ll give you an overview of these changes.  Continue reading

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Changes to default geocoding locator options at ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1


Starting at ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1, the default locator options for geocoding have changed. The only locators that appear in the list of default address locators (populated from the DefaultLocators.xml file) after the install of SP1 are the ArcGIS … Continue reading

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Have you checked out ArcGIS Online yet?

Subscriptions for ArcGIS Online has officially launched and is now available for purchase or a 30-day free trial.

With ArcGIS Online, organizations can create feature and tile services, publish their maps and data in the Esri cloud, and leverage all of the existing basemaps to create great looking maps that can be shared with others. With an ArcGIS Online account, administrators can also manage user accounts, permissions and content.

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ArcIMS Geocoding: Quick Hints


Esri Support occasionally receives calls from customers that need help setting up geocoding in ArcIMS because it is different from geocoding in ArcGIS Desktop.

If you planning to geocode in ArcIMS, here are some things to know or consider that might save you a call to Esri Support.

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ArcGIS 10.0 SP2 Geocoding General Maintenance Patch Released

The ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 2 (Desktop, Engine, Server) Geocoding general Maintenance Patch is now live at the Resource Center.

The patch addresses issues with locators in ArcGIS Desktop, Engine and Server that can cause the application to hang when an address contains specific characters. It also addresses an issue in ArcGIS Server, where the output spatial reference of a locator sticks and overwrites the default spatial reference of that locator.

For more details and to download the patch, please visit:


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Using the OutSpatialReference property: Putting the points where they belong

How many times have you tried to geocode a point somewhere in the continental United States and the point appears off the coast of East Africa? For example, you call Esri Support and we tell you that the locator is giving you lat/long but your map service is using a projection other than WGS 1984, Web Mercator, for instance. Solution? Re-project your geocoded results: from Geographic to Web Mercator. If your map service uses a spatial reference other than Web Mercator, then you would need to use a Geometry Service to do the reprojection.

OutSpatialReference (Silverlight, Flex, JavaScript). This is the keyword that is going to make life easier for you. A new property of the Locator task (or of AddressToLocationsParameters class in Silverlight) introduced in the ArcGIS Server 10.0 REST API and henceforth in the 2.x Web APIs allows you to set the spatial reference of the output geometries.

For example, setting the outSpatialReference in JavaScript API
locator = new esri.tasks.Locator(“http://<SERVER>/ArcGIS/rest/services/<LOCATORSERVICE>/GeocodeServer”); locator.outSpatialReference = new esri.SpatialReference(102113);

This property is available only with ArcGIS Server 10.0 and later releases. So, make sure that in your 2.x Web API application, you are working with Locator services hosted on a 10.0 machine.

- Kripa J., Esri Support Analyst – SDK group, Esri Support Services

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Haunted by geocoding? Brew up something new with version 9.3.1 locator styles in ArcGIS 10

Happy Halloween

halloween picture - jack o' lanterns

It was a dark and stormy night in Redlands, and the Esri Support Services Analyst, Cassandra, was working late, getting caught up on all things new in ArcGIS Desktop version 10.

Suddenly, an apparition appeared – the ghost of locators past! Shaking his chains of Excel files and lookup tables and murmuring something about data standardization, he told Cassandra to share his secrets of how to use version 9.3 locator styles in version 10.

Okay, enough ghost stories. Hello, this is Cassandra again, brewing up new geocoding locators. While there are lots of improvements and enhancements for geocoding in ArcGIS 10, did you know that you can download and use version 9.3.1 locator styles in version 10?

To download the version 9.3.1 locator styles, go to the following Web page, download the zip file, and copy the .LOT files into C:Program FilesArcGISDesktop10.0Locators* folder: 9.3.1 Locator Styles.

*or wherever ArcGIS Desktop 10 is installed.

Once you’ve added in the version 9.3.1 locator styles, you should see all of the version 9.3.1 locator styles and the new version 10 locator styles in the ‘Select Address Locator Style’ dialog box when selecting an Address Locator Style on the ‘Create Address Locator’ tool:

Select Address Locator Style dialog box

Using the version 9.3.1 locator styles can also help you work around a known issue with the version 10 locator. For more information on this issue, please see the following Esri Knowledge Base article: Bug: Geocoding does not match anything when a locator is built with no city, state, or zip fields mapped.

Once you have the version 9.3.1 locator styles installed, you can create a new geocoding locator in version 10:

Create Address Locator dialog box

Back to my ghosts! With my new locator created, I can geocode all the haunted locations in Redlands and map them out…boo!

Redlands Haunts.mxd

For more information on what’s new for geocoding in ArcGIS 10, please see the following: What’s new for geocoding in ArcGIS 10.

- Cassandra L., Desktop Support Analyst, Esri Support Services

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Getting the most out of Esri Web Help


Hey there! This is Emeline, an ArcGIS Server and Desktop Analyst with ESRI Support Services. I wanted to take a minute to share a few tips for getting the most out of the ArcGIS Desktop Web Help:

    • Use the tutorials. It never hurts to get a step-by-step introduction to a new concept. Getting oriented with the new tools and terms couldn’t be easier.
    • Check for Common Issues. Most sections of the help include a section about the most frequently encountered issues or a list of common tasks. Here are a few examples: Geoprocessing, Geocoding, Geodatabases, and Editing.
    • For information about less common tasks use the Help button in ArcGIS Desktop. Aren’t sure if that button is the tool you are looking for? Not sure what to input into a parameter box? Use the What’s This tool or button to get a quick help bubble to get started. In geoprocessing tool dialogs, click Show Help to get more information about each parameter in a tool dialog, so you make the right decision the first time.
    • Look it up in the GIS Dictionary and bookmark the link for a quick lookup of GIS terms.
    • Use the search options. ArcGIS is a big product! In order to get the best results when searching the web help, click search options and choose the Subject Areas and Topic Type that best suits your task. Check the Using this Help System topic for more information about making the search work for you!
  • Give us feedback. The Support Center can always be better, so if something doesn’t work for you, let us know.

Emeline R.Emeline R., Server/Desktop Analyst, ESRI Support Services

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