Find a file in slew of folders

Posted by in Data, GIS
Find a file in slew of folders

Used a little dos and excel today find whether or not a certain document, with a consistent filename, exists in all directories and subdirectories in one of my project folders, hundreds of directories. First thing is open the command prompt; windows button>type “cmd”>enter. Now change the directory to the folder you need to search. cd […]

NACIS

Posted by in ArcMap, Design, GIS
NACIS

Decent typography in ArcMap is possible, a crucial element of that is formatting text efficiently. I’ll talk formatting tag usage and syntax, then provide some practical examples, and finish up with some type experiments in ArcMap – including using ArcMap to design a logo. The materials from my talk at the 2014 NACIS Annual Meeting can […]

Labeling photo bearings

Posted by in ArcMap, GIS, Labeling, Symbology
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

Posted by in ArcMap, GIS, Labeling
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

Posted by in ArcMap, GIS, Mapbook
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 […]