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  • 160
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    The only way to show the "All Other Values" in a legend are very clunky.  It should be a very simple thing to allow moving the other values up and down, like any other class.  I have never seen a good map with the "others" listed at the top and seperated by a different heading; instead, they are just listed as another class of data, at the bottom of the list.

    ArcMap Legend:
    ArcMap Legend

    Better Legend:
    Fixed Legend

    It is easy enough to convert to graphics and fix the legend; however, this disconnects the legend and results in wrong symbology and other problems.  I hate converting legends to graphics but I have to on almost every map I make.  We have a huge library of maps we produce on demand and make updates as needed, but we make one update to the underlying data and we have to manually change dozens and dozens of map legends manually.
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     Legend
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  themisingcard  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Mar 19, 2014
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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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    At the moment when creating complex Map Templates you have to in effect have two sets of symbology. The Representation Markers for the map face and then the Fill, Line and Marker symbols for the the marginalia. (Sometimes it is not desirable to use dynamic legends.)

    At the moment there are two distinct and mutally incompatible methods of creating symbology in the style library and you cannot simply copy a Representation Marker to the Marker, Line or Fill symbol catagories so you in effect have to redesign the wheel to get these features as Symbols. Although it is possible to "save" a Representation Marker out as a Symbol, this then becomes uneditable so is not always the solution.

    I would like to see Representations to not only be available for use to symbolise features on the map face, but to be able to be reused as symbology for elements in the layout view.
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     symbology representation style
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  JacBond007  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Feb 25, 2014
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    It would be very useful to have an attribute field type be a timestamp field.  In other words, every time a record is updated/created, the current date/time would be populated in this field.  Having the ability to have a field type for USERNAME (using your login from your pc) be an option would be great as well.
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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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  • 290
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     Introduce Effects such as Fade, Glow, Shadow, Emboss, etc etc for ArcMap Layers and Map Layout view in general.
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    4 Comments  |  Posted by :  SolomonP  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Feb 23, 2011
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    Extend map element propoerties to include the ability to hyperlink the element. Map elements generally contain some type of metadata information or broad information such as a company or organizational logo. It would be great to be able to provide linkable map elements so the consumer of the map product can quickly navigate to the originators web site or link to more specific information.
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     map elements, cartography, layout, hyperlink
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  • 490
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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.
    Tags :
     Data Driven Page, Attribute Table, Dynamic Text, Page Layout, Page Definition Query
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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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  • 130
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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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  • 290
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    I think a useful tool would be a grid/graticule wizard option that references a layer in the map to label outside of the map frame the way the current Measured Grid or Reference Grid does.

    I'd like to use it to label townships and ranges outside of the map frame, but the application could extend to the Public Land Survey System, Land Ownership, County Labels, districts, ...anything really! The way I picture it, a polygon that extends outside the data frame neatline would be labeled next to, but outside the neatline. I do this quite often manually, but to be able to have it automatically generated like a UTM grid or a graticule would be so much easier.

    Twp Rge Grid labels

    As motovation for ESRI to do this, maybe it could be included with Maplex if it's too advanced for a base ArcView license.
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     grid graticule custom
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  • 740
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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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  • 80
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    Map output to PDF

    1)  When maps are output to PDF, provide a way to specify the on/off state of layer.  This is especially useful for Data Driven Pages when you output dozens of pages, and want a specific set of layers to be present, but not turned on.

    2)  When image layers are included in a PDF, do not rasterize and collapse the vector layers above the image into it.
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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 :-(


    User-added image
    Plain halo :-(


    User-added image
    Line feature erased from behind numbers :-D


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     label, labelling, contour, contours, mask, halo
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    It would be great if the ability came with standard ArcGIS Desktop to add a North arrow that shows Magnetic Declination, Grid North and True North.  I understand this functionality comes with the PLTS extension but it seems like it should be a standard functionality with a Desktop license.

    Tags :
     magnetic declination, north arrow, declination
    10 Comments  |  Posted by :  lissajo64  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Aug 11, 2010
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  • 380
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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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  • 80
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    The number of projects I have to move from ArcGIS to AutoDesk because I can't easily deal with tabular data on the layout is more than I care to admit. We could feasibly go from a primarly Autodesk shop to an all ArcGIS shop if we could deal with tabular data on our layouts...
    The price point for Production Mapping (which includes many other valuable features to help justify the price) is a deal breaker for us... especially for just this feature.

    Bring tables to maps! 

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     tables, maps, layout, tabular
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    It would be helpful if Data Driven Pages could utilize the Rotate to True North setting that is available from the Production Cartography toolbar > Layout Window > Data Frame Rules > Rotation tab.
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  phragmities  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Jan 29, 2014
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  • 230
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    In DS Map Book, it was possible to export to many file format (png, jpeg, pdf, etc.). Please make them available for Data Driven Pages as PDF. Export to PNG (for example) is only available when scripting with Python. However, not all Data Driven Page options from ArcMap are easy to code in Python.

    So please make available Export to other format than PDF.

    Thanks
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  caroytct  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Jan 7, 2011
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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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