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  • 100
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    OGC is meeting ISO standards for the weather exchange model WXXM. The aeronautical industries and agencies are standardizing to AIXM. Both are meant for easy exchange of weather and flight data to aerospace traffic control and management. ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop needs to be aware of this standard for editing purposes, while the Server should be able to post a 'service' as gml, in like manner to the kml network link.
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    Create a system that allows the user to manage color so the color they see on the monitor is the same color they see in different devices and in print.  We currently produce maps in PDF, but they are then printed on a variety of inkjet and laser printers, as well as in book/report format.  We constantly have problems with the color that the end user sees in a PDF is not what they get when they print.  Acrobat has such controls, but these need to be built into the GIS, so it implemented and transparent to the user.  ESRI should also provide a mechanism whereby they can print and then scan with a hand-held unit, a series of color tests that allow the system to calibrate its self.  A quick check of Amazon finds 7 monitor color sensor for around $250, easily within reach of anyone running ESRI Software
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     Color Management, Printing, Production, Production Tools
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    Roadway files include many symbol classifications (Interstate, US Highway, State Highways, Local Roads, Ramps, etc.), each of these have a different symbology (color, thickness, label) AS WELL AS a different label (Interstate shield, US Highway shield, State Highway shield, local road name, or <null>).

    When saving symbology as a layer file (.LYR) the label settings are not included, so I have to re-work label settings every time. It's very frustrating and a waste of time.

    Save Layer File (.LYR)
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     Layer, Layer File, Symbology, Label
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    If the DDP index layer is used with a dynamic page definition query, the attribute table reflects the resulting features of the query (correctly).  However, if you add that attribute table to your page layout, the attribute table in layout does not automatically update for each page of the DDP, it will only display the records of the features when it was originally added to the layout.

    It would seem that when using DDP, an attribute table added to page layout would also adhere to the settings for the DDP definition query, but it is not refreshed on each page.  I understand you can use Dynamic Text to display attributes from the table, but it becomes very combersome when displaying multiple attributes, especially if you want them to appear in an actual table, just as they would if you just add the attribute table to layout. 

    My Example:
    I am using the DDP to create a map of individual parcels.  I am using the parcel layer as the index layer, and the parcel ID as each page.  I have two copies of the parcel layers in my TOC, the top layer highlights the parcel of interest, the second all adjacent parcels.  I use a DDP definition query to only show the parcel of interest.  The attribute table will then only show that pages parcel information (correctly).  I would like to see about 6 attributes from this table in my page layout... (ownership information and bundle rights, etc.).  The attribute table in arcmap changes with each DDP page, but when the attribute table is added to a page layout, it does not.  This is what needs to be fixed. If the attribute table added to the page layout reflects the DDP defnition query, then it would then correctly display the ownership information, etc... from the attribute table on each new page.
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     Data Driven Page, Attribute Table, Dynamic Text, Page Layout, Page Definition Query
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    Currently the georeference information saved inside the PDF file appears to contain only latitude and longitude info.  It would be nice to be able to read MGRS coordinates from the PDF when the map is georeferenced to a UTM coordinate system.  Obviously, Esri and Adobe would have to collaborate in order for the Adobe Geospatial Location Tool to be able to display both geographic and MGRS coordinates.
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     PDF, georeference, MGRS, coordinates, Adobe, Geospatial Location Tool
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    Hello,
    Labeling using Key Numbering works well, there is no cotrol to how the numbered list appears on your layout. I think we should be able to configure
    - if the Key Numbering list should be split-up or displayed as one list for all Numberd Lables on the page
    - the appearance of the Key Numbering list box.
    For example, we are currenlty working with a map book in Production Mapping, and the Key Label list is split up all over the place and hard to find. It would be so much better is we could set the Key Labels to appear as a single list in a defined location on the layout with a transparent backgroud to help read it.

    would love to hear comments from others on this

    rica
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     label key numbering format control
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    Currently, to have any type of inset, it must be it's own independant data frame.

    Instead, how about "sub-frames" where the data is still connected, you are just viewing a different area/extent.

    Example: Map of USA, to include Alaska and Hawaii you make seperate data frames with independant symbology, so a change to one symbology requires going in and changing sybology for all 3, or more, data frames.

    Instead: Use the "sub-frames" to bring the other two states into view, with connected symbology and lables and only one layer of annotation that goes over top of it all.
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     layout, data frames, sub-frames
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    In Workflow Manager, when developing reports, there is no way to allow a user of a report to enter their own values, like dates, before the report is run.

    Currently I have several editors and WM is our way to track work.  I need to be able to see how many jobs have been closed over a date range.  Depending on what I'm looking for I may want all the jobs closed in the last week, or I might want them for the last 3 months.  Right now, there is no I'd have to create multiple reports for each of these queries so they'd have the different date ranges.  I would prefer to configure one report, and expose the to and from dates as variables that can be entered when the user runs the report.  Another popular variable would be username or the assigned_to field.
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     Workflow Manager, Report, JTX
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    I want to have a command in ArcMap that allows users view the Area Of Interest (AOI) of a Workflow Manager Job.

    As an example:
    AOI Definition Workflow Manager

    AOIDisplayInArcMao
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     Workflow Manager AOI
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    It's importent (when possible) to add a progress bar (espatily for GP) to control the time foe each step.
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     workflow manager
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  hadas522  to Production Mapping (PLTS) Jun 1, 2014
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    Currently, the Workflow Manager Administration Tools come as a separate and unsupported download from the ArcGIS gallery.
    http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=387ce7914cde4744b549b934959a0b5f

    While these are GREAT tools, especially for automating job creation and integration with python scripts, it would be even better if they came installed with Workflow Manager.  When you download the sample, you have to make sure you Unblock the zip file and run as administrator.  There is a bug in the code that does not register it correctly on some computers.  It doesn't copy the toolbox over into the default tbx location.  And while there is a workaround for that, it's just a hassle, having to remember to install them on each computer that will need the tools.  I've also noticed an issue when running a python script from command line, where the validation of the tool returns an error.  
    I think this toolbox incorporates many core functions that WMX admins need or would like to use.

    Please solidify this toolset into the core WMX install, thusly making them more stable and more accessible.
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     workflow manager, administration utilities, admin
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  court_moe  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Feb 18, 2014
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    Data Driven Pages is awesome. There are so many efficiencies gained from using this feature, but sometimes not every page in the mapbook has every feature listed in the legend.

    My idea is that when Data Driven Pages is enabled, there should be an option for each legend item (in the legend properties) to only list features in the legend that are actually visible in the extent of that page. A checkbox to activate this live legend feature would be ideal because perhaps there are base features you want in the legend regardless of whether they're seen or not (like maybe roads, or streams).

    For example:
    Maybe you have a 25 page DDP mapbook showing wildlife obervations, but Sasquatch habitat are only in 9 of those pages, Jackalope are in 23, and el Chupacabra are in 14. You may only want the features seen in that specific map page in the legend so the map user isn't looking for a feature that isn't there.

    I think this would be super useful, (even outside of DDP). It should be simple, all the tools for this to occur should already be in place... Lets make mapbooking even more efficient!
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     data driven pages mapbook live legend extent
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    It would be quite handy to add an attribute to a map's layout in the form of Dynamic Text.  For example, consider a state transportation map which depicts the maintenance responsibilities of 15 different transportation crews.  Adding the phone number of each crew's supervisor to the legend would greatly enhance the value of the map, but if it is added as a static annotation, you run a very high risk of failing to update the field--phone numbers change frequently.  Using the legend to express the number is feasible, but requires legend manipulation that is a bit tedious. 
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    18 Comments  |  Posted by :  MLF  to ArcGIS DesktopTransportationProduction Mapping (PLTS) Jan 21, 2011
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  • 430
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    True 3D mapping in ArcMap

    Under Consideration

    I work in a surface mine and I map the vertical to near vertical high walls in the mine as we mine off our benches. Currently we are using ArcMap with a mine topo in plan view using point data. I would like to be able to map the vertical walls as I see them using a toe and crest topo then switch to plan view with out losing the data. this would allow you to view the pit in true 3D. I don't know if I am adequately explaining this. Using point data does not always accurately represent what a fault or formation contact is doing vertically. If we could draw in those contacts in the vertical view we would capture the whole story. 
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     3D mapping, Mine geology, High Walls
    5 Comments  |  Posted by :  jvore  to Natural ResourcesProduction Mapping (PLTS)Mining Nov 21, 2010
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    When labelling a contour layer (or any line layer using the contour placement method) with labels ON the line, the line is visible behind the numbering (for example through the hole in a zero). When this is applied on a plain background, a halo matching the background colour can be used to block the line out, however this isn't suitable when an image or other non-plain background is used. To overcome this, there should be an option when using the contour placement for labels, which removes the contour line from behind and immediately around the labels. This also shouldn't require the use of annotation for the labels...

    User-added image.
    No Masking :-(


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    Plain halo :-(


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    Line feature erased from behind numbers :-D


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     label, labelling, contour, contours, mask, halo
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    It would cut design time in half if there was an option to apply symbol properties from any level of the settings. Currently it can take 4-6 windows just to change 1 color of 1 symbol to then find out it still isn’t right and have to go through all of the windows again. When needing to alter many labels and symbols in map this can really slow the design down. 

    Windows to Change Halo for Symbol
    Figure 1: Windows to alter the halo color for a symbol

    Windows to Change Halo for Label
    Figure 2: Windows to change Halo color for a label

    It would also be convent if you could select multiple symbols or labels > right click > and choose what option you would like to change for all of them while keeping the rest of the settings intact.

    Many times I create a whole symbology for a feature class and realize it would benefit greatly if there was a thicker outline on all the simple marker circles, or they would all show better if I added a halo. Or maybe I just spent half a day designing a map using a halo setting around my label classes, clicking through all the windows, to find out my boss doesn't approve of the color choice. I then need to update each one individually. This then gets into the whole need to click through all the windows again wasting more valuable work hours.

    As a cartographer first analyst/programmer second this feature would greatly help me!

    Thanks!
    Tags :
     improve symbol settings, symbology, labeling, maplex, apply all
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  DMakridakis  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Mar 6, 2014
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  • 110
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    Sun Angle Symbology

    Under Consideration

    The ESRI sun angle (illumination tab) currently has no option to be represented in the map layout view.

    I would hope to see future versions of ArcGIS 10x and above have the ability to:
    (1) insert a dynamic vector symbology for the sun angle (declination, inclination) into the map layout view
    (2) insert dynamic text for the sun angle into the map layout view
    (3) allow ArcGIS users to set the sun angle defaults (not everyone wants to utilize a 315 Azimuth and 30 Altitude for their maps as a default)


    This would of course only be applicable when displaying a raster in the final map layout

     

    I have attached screen captures to help illustrate the idea.

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     PUG, sun angle, illumination, dynamic vector symbology, dynamic vector text, default angles, petroleum, raster, spatial analyst
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    I had a idea were it would be nice if you could lock the Data Frame in it's location, so that it would not get moved by accident if you were to select the data frame instead of your intended target.  I know, I know, I hear people saying just hit undo, but If I'm working on a project and it moved just a little were I wouldn't notice until after I printed it then I will not have the ability of using the Undo button, plus I'd rather not have to undo a whole hours worth of work just to have to move my Data Frame Back to it's original position, So I think it makes perfect since that there should be a way to lock the data frame and keep it from moving....
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     Locking, Data, frame
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    When developing custom websites (not using AGOL), I would like to be able to use the tiled ESRI Basemaps with different projections.  Web Mercator is not suitable for all applications.  Desktop is able to project tiled basemaps on the fly, it would be greatly appreciated if any of the APIs could replicate this feat. 

    An accurate scaled print map for northern latitudes can not be produced using the basemaps with either flex or silverlight. 
     
     http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2010/03/05/measuring-distances-and-areas-when-your-map-uses-the-mercator-projection/

    When using the exportWebMap funciton in the Flex API, if a scaled map is generated, distances are measuring at about 1.3x their actual length when using the Basemaps for Northern Ohio.  The USNG misaligns with a 1000m grid by about 300m per grid.

    As is often stated, collect once and use often.  Alot of time and resources have been applied to the development of the ESRI basemaps and they are a great resource.  They would be even more useful if an accurate product could be produced via web applications.  Not only are ESRI basemaps being produced in Web Mercatur, but Web Mercatur is being adopted as the defacto standard.  Not all webusers will understand the issues involved, but if the basemaps are being used to produce printed maps errors can be drastic. 

    If I'm unaware of a method to export a web map with a tiled basemap in a different projection than the basemap, please let me know. 

    Thanks for you consideration.
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  phdjoe  to Web Apps and APIsProduction Mapping (PLTS) Apr 8, 2014
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    Would like to see the ability to save .mxd's and .lyr files into a geodatabase (sde/pgdb/fgdb), flat file structures seems so out of place in this cloud world in which we will be living. 
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