Labeling photo bearings

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Labeling photo bearings

The problem – portray photo point locations, the compass bearing on which the picture was taken, and label the photo ID. The tools – ArcMap 10.1 and maplex. This turned out to be a fun challenge. The data used here are field collected photo points with attributes for photo ID and photo bearing in the […]

ArcMap leader tolerance illustrated

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ArcMap leader tolerance illustrated

One concept in ArcMap that took forever to stick in my head was setting up leader tolerance for dynamic labels. It’s hard to connect the two conceptually because the settings directly correspond but are about a dozen mouse-clicks apart in the UI. I’m on ArcMap 10.1, using maplex in this demo. To add a leader […]

Calculating index rotation angle

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Calculating index rotation angle

You’ve built your index layer and it might look something like this. If you’ve rotated these features manually and want to used them to control page rotation in data driven pages, you’ll need a field containing the page rotation value. This layer already has an angle field that I’m going to use to demonstrate how […]

2 (or more) maps, 1 mxd

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2 (or more) maps, 1 mxd

This is a production technique I use to create multiple maps in one mxd utilizing data driven pages. The cool part about this is that I’m creating truly different maps here, not a series of the same map in different places. The first step is to create an index layer that controls the map title, […]

SQL definition query list

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Here’s a quick one, I see a lot of sql expressions written like this: Name = “Roosevelt” OR Name = “Jackson” OR Name = “Jefferson” OR Name = “Lincoln” OR Name = “Franklin” OR Name = “Washington” This can be written using the IN function. This is a little more legible and easier to compose […]