Category Archives: ArcGIS

How I’ll celebrate International GIS Day 2013

This year I will celebrate International GIS Day on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at a daylong function organised by GIS People in Brisbane.

While there I hope to encourage involvement with the GIS Stack Exchange, GeoRabble, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Brisbane Geospatial Network (BGN).

I will also have my laptop with me and am happy to demonstrate a Story Map developed using ArcGIS for Desktop about William Slight who was an early Australian map engraver (and my great-great-great-grandfather).

Naturally, I will also be suggesting that people enter the Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop!

Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop

PolyGeo is offering the chance to win ArcGIS for Desktop Training Days!

*** First winner is Stephen Trent (Qld EHP) ***

Early responders have more chance of winning!

To be eligible for the draws between now and 15 January 2014, you simply need to tick four multiple choice boxes (plus include your name, organisation and email/phone) in PolyGeo‘s ArcGIS for Desktop Training Survey 2013.
To reward early responders, the first draw for a Training Day (valued at $590) will occur when at least one response has been received from 20 Australian organisations.  Those who do not win remain in subsequent draws.
After that, for every additional 20 respondent organisations from Australia, another Training Day  will be drawn.

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Conditions:

  • Each individual respondent has ONE entry in the draw and can win a maximum of ONE Training Day
  • Contact details must be correct to be eligible
  • Training Day must be taken during the calendar year of 2014
  • Training Day is transferable within your organisation
  • The number of Training Days drawn will be:
    • ONE if 1-20 Australian organisations respond
    • TWO if 21-40 Australian organisations respond
    • THREE if 41-60 Australian organisations respond
    • etc.
  • Training Day can be used on any course which is confirmed to run – we will do our best, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate your first choice of course/workshops and locations.
  • Winners must provide own laptop (or PC) with own ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 or 10.2 license
  • Winners responsible for own arrangements and costs if travel required to attend Training Day
  • Training Day cannot be claimed as its monetary equivalent
  • Training Day can be claimed as Self-paced course
  • Respondents from organisations offering commercial ArcGIS Training are not eligible for the draw
  • Maximum of 10 Training Days to be awarded
  • Winners to be announced here, as they happen, before 31 January 2014

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #1: Improved Table Management

After an Australian Public Holiday that helped serve as a drumroll, the final set of improvements, and those I would most like to see in ArcGIS 10.2, are all related to Tables, in particular geodatabase tables:

Before leaving this countdown I will mention just one of the very many worthy ArcGIS Ideas that “missed my cut” which is 64 bit ArcGIS Desktop and currently “Under Consideration”.

With that I will handover to the Plenary presenters to hopefully fulfil more than just one or two of my wishlist.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #3: ModelBuilder & Background Geoprocessing Progress Indicator

ModelBuilder is not the most fashionable part of the Geoprocessing Framework since the advent of ArcPy but it still plays a key role for those who want to visualise their processes in a way that code alone cannot.  Coupled with enhancement of the much maligned background geoprocessing progress bar (which seems to be Under Consideration for improvement) is enough for me to rank it #3.

PS I almost included “Save As” in Model Builder here but am pleased to note that this was implemented in 10.1 – thanks Esri!

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #4: Better PDF Support

At #4 are enhancements that I would like to see related to PDF support.  Most of these relate to “maps on demand” type Geoprocessing Services that I sometimes develop.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #5: Definition Query Improvements

Coming in at #5 are two enhancements that I would like to see for Definition Queries, the first of which looks like it should be simple to implement and very popular:

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #6: Attribute Table window(s) Improvements

Coming in at #6 are just  a few key changes that I would like to see for the Attribute Table window:

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #7: More for your Basic license

First of all I wish to give Esri much credit for opening up the power of ArcGIS for Desktop at Advanced license level (with Extensions) for non-commercial use via its ArcGIS for Home Use at a price of only $100 per annum.

However, I would like to see the bang for buck increased a little for its commercial users by beefing up the Basic (formerly known as ArcView) license level.  Personally, I would like to see the name Basic for such a great product dispensed with, and that level called Standard with more or less the precise level of functionality that Standard (formerly known as ArcEditor) has today.  The key restriction on this new Standard would be that it does not access an enterprise geodatabase only file geodatabases.  The capability to update enterprise geodatabases would be just a paid extension to Standard that comes free with Advanced (formerly ArcInfo).

Some of the key additions to today’s Basic that I would recommend are:

It’s a small thing, but while we are talking about license levels could Esri please Restore license level to window name – it seems bizarre that it was removed.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #8: Opening Esri

I read with interest a recent blog posting by Chris Holmes on Opening Esri and can see similar ideas in many current enhancement requests.

On OGC support I would like to see Esri:

And while we are talking web services, the Connection to ArcGIS Online should be on-demand  to stop the Find tool opening so slowly so often.

It would also be great to have some public domain and open source options for personal geodatabases like SQLite/SpatiaLite and PostgreSQL/PostGIS and it was heartening to see the former demonstrated at the Dev Summit.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #9: More Control Over Text Font & Size

Coming in at #9 are requests for More Control Over Text Font and Size:

First, particularly for the over 40s, please:

Then for all ArcMap users let’s no longer have to use Change Symbol and interact with another dialog to be able to

… plus enable Default Text Properties to be Set

If you are keen to see these too, then follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.