A collection of various GIS related links, information and other GIS blogs.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Yule to one and all! All the best for a happy holiday season and a great New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2005

ArcScripts - Rejecto 1.0 (ArcGIS 9): "Rejecto allows you to troubleshoot problems you may experience while loading data into ArcSDE. Rejecto will allow you to convert a vector data source (e.g. shapefiles, coverages, pGDB featureclasses) into an ArcSDE featureclass (in a featuredataset or not). Features that are rejected by ArcSDE do not cause Rejecto to fail. Rather, Rejecto writes these features to output files of your choosing. You can then examine the output to determine what the problems were. Includes installation program, instructions, and source code."
ArcScripts - PIG 1.0 (ArcGIS 9): "PIG allows you to push selectionsets across relationshipclasses. Unlike the native functionality in ArcMap, PIG pushes selections through all relationshipclass chains to their end points. In other words, the selections will traverse nested relationshipclasses. Includes setup program, source code, instructions, and a sample project."
ArcScripts - Next'em: "Next'em allows you to select some features in the target edit layer and assign sequential values in a range of your choosing. It works inside an edit session in ArcMap. The zip file contains the source code, instructions, and an installer program."
ArcScripts - Fence Select 9+: "Adds a tool to ArcMap that allows spatial selection based on a user-drawn polygon, rather than a box. Improvement from the earlier Fence Select tool: hold down shift to add to the selection, hold down control to subtract from the selection. Zip file contains setup, documentation, and source code."
ArcScripts - EditorID 1.4: "EditorID allows you to track who edits the features in your geodatabase, and at what time they were last edited. As you edit, a field called 'EditorName' will be updated with the current editor name. And a field called 'LastUpdate' will be updated with the current date and time. Optionally, with ArcSDE, EditorID can populate a 'VersionName' field, if you wish to track the version in which the edits occur."
ArcScripts - Draw Tyme 1.0 (for ArcGIS 9.1): "Draw Tyme allows you to quantify the draw time of feature layers in ArcMap. It is not designed to work with rasters or other non-feature layers. The zip file includes (1) an install program, (2) instructions, and (3) source code."
ArcScripts - Coveragesque 2.0: "Coveragesque 2.0 works inside an edit session in ArcMap, ArcGIS 9. It lets you specify a list of editable layers to be split by linework that you draw with any 'create feature' type of operation. It will allow you to split lines and polygons that are intersected by the line features that you create. Coveragesque is not a sketch tool; you can use an sketch tool with it. Coveragesque is not an edit task; you can use it with any edit task that creates a feature. The name of this program is meant to signify that your line work is placed in a way that is reminiscent of linework in coverages. In that format, all lines where split at intersections, and all line work created 'atomic' polygons. This program should work with any editable layers (shapefile, personal geodatabase, multi-user geodatabase) in ArcMap. The download includes a set-up program, the source code, and instructions. "
ArcScripts - ArcGIS (FLEXlm) License Manager Log Analyzer v1.1: "ESRI License Manager can be set to write log files about the usage of different products. The log file can be analyzed using this software for licenses that have been checked out and in. This program can be used to analyze: peak usage times, pattern of software usage, hanging licenses, listing of individual users, listing of users denied licenses etc. New features at 1.1: - append or overwrite output file. - automatically archive output after a certain size threshold. - list users categorized by software product. - list users who were denied a license. - list users, who were denied a license, categorized by product used. At this time only Arc/Info, ArcEditor, ArcView, StreetMap, Publisher, ArcPress, BusinessAnalyst, Grid, and TIN licenses are analyzed. ArcGIS 8x and 9x license logs have been tested."
ArcScripts - Add Date stamp to layout: "ArcGIS 9 New and improved. Now added the ability to turn on/off various automatically generated spatial information parameters. A slightly different take on the normal layout stamp tool. This one will create or update a text box with the following information: Prepared by: (optional) Printing Date: April 7, 2005 Projection: (optional) Spatial informaiton can be provided manually Datum: (optional) or spatial information can be provided automatically File: (optional) Company name (optional)"
ArcScripts - Add Acreage: "Adds and populates ACREAGE and/or AREA field to the attribute table of a dataset. Will properly calculate acreage for projected data, regardless of the linear units (meters, feet) used in that projection. Some other scripts I've seen DO NOT account for the projection and will give you wrong results. Tested on ArcGIS 8.1 thru 9.0."
ArcScripts - ArcGIS 9.1 Idle TimeOut Utility: "This utility detects ArcGIS idling and close it. If ArcGIS is idled for more than 30 minutes then this utility will automatically shut down ArcGIS Desktop Applications (ArcMap and ArcCatalog). Before it shuts down ArcMap it will save the current edits and current MXD. The saved mxd location is at c:\IdleBackup.mxd. This is a utility to automatically close idled ArcGIS therefore free up ArcGIS license for organizations with only limited ArcGIS licenses. "

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support: "ArcGIS 9.1 Service Pack 1 We recommend that all ArcGIS 9.1 customers download and install this Service Pack, at their earliest convenience, to ensure the highest quality experience when working with ArcGIS 9.1."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

ArcNews Fall 2005 Issue -- ArcGIS Enterprise Security Controls White Paper Available: "ArcGIS Enterprise Security Controls White Paper Available ESRI is providing a white paper describing enterprise security controls for ArcGIS client/server, Web application, and Web services architectures entitled ArcGIS Enterprise Security: Delivering Secure Solutions. It can be downloaded from the ESRI Web site (www.esri.com/enterprisesecurity). Effective enterprise security can be a challenge for the IT architects and security specialists who design, deploy, and support mission-critical solutions. Until the last few years, entire IT systems were frequently designed around a single mission objective and 'community of interest.' The result was physically isolated systems, each maintaining its own data stores and applications. Integration was accomplished through complicated interfaces that replicated and synchronized data among the various systems. Security was generally enforced at the perimeter; any authorized user, once granted entry to a system, could access all data and applications, including GIS applications, resident in the system. Maintaining such 'islands of automation' is expensive and inefficient and does not offer the flexibility or, in many cases, the in-depth security that organizations are seeking."
ArcUser article - Making More Information Available in Emergencies: "Making More Information Available in Emergencies GIS Aids Communication, Collaboration, and Coordination In an increasingly urbanized world, the effects of disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis are more acutely felt. As coastal areas, in particular, become more densely settled, more people and property are threatened by these events. GIS benefits all aspects of the emergency management cycle from planning, mitigation, and preparedness through response and recovery by integrating complex data in a geographic framework that produces actionable information."

Monday, December 19, 2005

ArcGIS Explorer: "ArcGIS Explorer is a geospatial information viewer that offers a free, fast, fun, and easy-to-use way to view geographic information in both 2D and 3D while performing queries and analysis on the underlying data. ArcGIS Explorer integrates the rich world of GIS datasets and server-based geoprocessing applications. It does this by accessing the full GIS capabilities of ArcGIS Server including geoprocessing and 3D services. ArcGIS Explorer can also use data layers and services from ArcIMS and ArcWeb Services. It supports Open Geospatial Consortium WMS and Google KML data, making it open and interoperable. With ArcGIS Explorer, you can - Explore data for the entire world in 2D and 3D seamlessly. - Fuse your local data with data and services from ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, Open Geospatial Consortium WMS, and ESRI-hosted ArcWeb Services. - Perform GIS analysis using tasks (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search). - Answer geographic questions about the maps you generate and share the results with others. - Use maps and data from your own secure servers. "