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  • 450
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    Having finally changed all of our old MapBook projects to data driven pages, we have come across a problem when using the scale field to change the scale of a given page. The scale bar, which at 1:10,000 has divisions of 500m, suddenly looks ridiculous on the handful of pages that are 1:25,000. It was very disappointing to not be able to just go "File --> Export" for the whole set of maps. We still have to manually adjust the map elements for some pages.

    We can't be having divisions of "623m" or having the number text all on top of each other  - This is what happens if you set it to "Adjust division value" or "Adjust number of divisions" now.

    We need some sort of Data-Driven Element choice so that we can set Scale Bar (A) for scales of 1:10,000 and Scale Bar (B) for 1:25,000 etc.
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     Data Driven Pages Scale Bar
    2 Comments  |  Posted by :  Lauren_Fagg  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining IdeasMobile GIS Jan 17, 2012
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    I would like to bookmark/wish-list/save any virtual campus courses that I would like to do when I have the time.


    Tags :
     training, Virtual Campus
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  kmayall  to Training Ideas Jan 22, 2014
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  • 180
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    Online help is great when you know what you are looking for, or need just a bit of information.  With Server 10.1, things have changed quite a bit, so I don't know what I don't know.  I'd like to, in theory, read (or at least skim) the whole Server documentation cover-to-cover.  Online help: not so great for sequentially reading an entire help document.

    Out of curiosity, I expanded out the server documentation TOC and pasted it into Word.  At 12 point font, it is 18 pages.  I shudder to think how big a doc that would be with all of the contents printed, so asking for printed documentation might be unreasonable.

    But, how about the ability to generate a printer-friendly document from the online help from an entire section, with sub-folders, of the help?  Say, create a print-friendly (or .pdf) of the entire contents of the 'Publishing Services' section?
    Tags :
     documentation, server, help, online help
    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  DNulph  to ArcGIS ServerService IdeasTraining Ideas Jul 26, 2012
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    allow the 'purchase' of low cost software ($1000 or less) thru the trial subscription process and incorporate the purchase cost into the following years maintenance. Like wise, enroll in a low cost web training, and have that added to your maintenance. As an example I believe City Engine basic costs about $500 and there is a free 30 trial. 30 days typically is not enough time to evaluate any software if you have other work to do,
    What if you could extend that trial to a full year for the software cost have the $500 added to your annual maintenance subscription when that is due? After 30 days, you would be notified that the cost of the software would be added to your annual maintenance unless the software was removed.
    A similar concept that works reversely to this would be to add increments of dollars to your annual maintenance bill that could be used for software or training during the following year(s) - essentially creating a 'credits' system for purchasing software and training.
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     credits training software
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  vtaradams  to Service IdeasTraining Ideas Feb 26, 2014
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    As a javascript programmer, I am finding a 'non-trivial' level of challenge fully conceptualizing and implementing a conversion from 'dojo.require' framework to the new AMD format. Having ESRI's JSAPI braintrust in one room giving helpful hints, encouragement, answering questions, assuaging anxities and so forth would be highly productive in helping developers 'stuck in a rut', such as myself, find a path forward.
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     JSAPI AMD Helping Hand
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  BShears  to ArcGIS ServerWeb Apps and APIsTraining Ideas Feb 25, 2014
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  • 180
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    It would be very helpful to make a short reference guide for people in the field. I understand the reference guide is available online, and that a pdf version has been made, but it is too long and detailed for a field guy to read through the whole thing just to take a point.
           There should be something short and simple like the following:

    Page One: Starting Up: This would describe how to open an existing map, making sure the GPS is Active, making sure the GPS is ready to take a point, setting editable layers, etc....
    Opening an existing project should be on top. If you want to go through all the "Create New.." or "Quick Projects", put them later on or in a different PDF, for the most part it just confuses field people.

    Page Two: Data Collection: Show as simply as possible how to collect data on already established shapefiles. Create Polygon, Polyline, and Point should be shown with their methods of doing each one. As in part one, don't  have the directions of how to create one or do modules etc etc. Keep it short and simple, act as though the user thinks ArcPad is a thing Noah built to make the animals comfy. If you want to show the bells and whistle, make them as suppliments.

    Page Three: Button Layout: Simply show a graphic of all of the buttons in ArcPad and their submenu's and what they are called. If it is not to confusing you could say what they do, maybe just the most used ones.

    I wouldn't be against a 4th page for troubleshooting or correcting errors. Or something really useful to field people

    What I am against is an overly complicated user guide that is complex and multiple pages long which Joe the Plummer refuses to read and calls me instead every time on a cell phone with no reception to walk him through how to just take a point.

    It should also be easy to find and in multiple places on the ESRI website, not buried in a place where you find it only after multiple different searches.
    Tags :
     ArcPad 10 Field Guide Reference User Quick Simple GPS PDF Manaul Walkthrough Create Polygon Point Polyline Button Layout Data Collection
    4 Comments  |  Posted by :  Munsface64  to EducationTraining IdeasMobile GIS Feb 23, 2012
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    The local government data model can be a bit intimidating, yet there are times you'd like to make sure you follow it, but cannot find a category for a very basic governmental layer.  I realize that the purpose is to make our data plug-and-play with the apps and maps on AGOL and extend how folks are currently using their data.  The apps and maps quickly sell themselves at conferences and seminars, however what is not understood is what needs to be to one's data to make it work. 

    So I'm proposing quick how-to videos that basically say here's the pretty app, here's the basic layers that we used and here's where they fit into the government data model.

    Also, maybe a cross reference of basic layer names (or aliases) and where they fit into the LGDM. 
    For example: Parks --(found in)-- FacilitySite and FacilitySitePoint --(found in)-- ReferenceData feature dataset.
    This would take some of the guess-work out of the manual find function on the DataDictionary.htm file.

    The LGDM is still growing and is a good base; I think it could be better utilized with some more available resources.

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     LGDM
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  gisMelissa  to Local GovernmentTraining Ideas Aug 29, 2013
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  • 390
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    Why not to have the “Find and replace” tool in the “interface” of the attribute table?

    User-added image

    As we have much space in the “interface” of the attribute table, I’m wondering why other commands are not yet added to it. For example the “Find and replace” tool is one of the most important tools that better to be stuck there!

     

     

    Best

     

    Jamal

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  • 10
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    I have tried to run ArcGIS online from an ArcGIS home user installation on Windows XP and Windows 7 on my Mac with Virtualbox 4.3.2 running Mac OS X 10.9.1.  It hasn't worked for the last three months.    At the ESRI DC Federal conference, I see one of your presenters is able to use ArcGIS online on Parallels on a Mac.   Not everyone can afford Parallels.  From a training perspective, you need to allow Mac users to use a free virtualization solution on their Mac, such as Virtualbox that only costs a Windows license.    People who are getting educated have very limited resources in terms of spending.     And the Mac has become a key platform.       When I try to run ArcGIS online link from ArcGIS desktop, the application just crashes with an error the moment I select ArcGIS online from any menu, or submenu of the layers.   It asks me to report the error to ESRI.
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     Error Virtualbox ArcGIS Online
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  abrody  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS OnlineTraining Ideas Feb 11, 2014
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  • 470
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    I'd like to see ESRI offer organizations who are entitled to "free" UC seats (but can't use them) the option of using them instead to attend other types of training. This could include the paid online courses, paid ESRI instructor-led training held locally, etc.
    The most equitable way might be to do it hour-for hour, so 1 seat at the UC (which is something like 45 hours of training) would entitle the user to 45 hours of some other kind of (usually paid) training for free.
    Tags :
     ESRI Training, UC Training, Online Training, Instructor-led training
    5 Comments  |  Posted by :  rmontgom  to Training Ideas Oct 4, 2010
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    I think that it would be helpful for new users if there was a list of ArcGIS terms and their definitions. In my organization I am starting to try and prepare training information and although I understand what each item is it would be helpful to have a set of definitions to reference.
    Tags :
     Definitions, new users, training
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  csives  to ArcGIS OnlineEducationTraining Ideas Feb 4, 2014
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    The robotic narrative for the help videos is very disengaging. I just watched two short videos, and I can't handle any more. It sounds like an automated phone service. Who likes those? Not many people I know. We're people, not robots. You should narate them with normal sounding people, similar to an engaging classroom setting. It would make them much more appealing and enjoyable to watch. Creates a total disconnect.
    Tags :
     ArcGIS Online, Help, Videos
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  Gman_67  to ArcGIS OnlineEducationTraining Ideas Jan 31, 2014
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    A learning disability is a defect in the way a persons brain processes information. It's not related to general health or intelligence. Right now, I have not found within ESRI, any accessible formats of EsriPress books that make it just as hard for a dsyslexic person to learn GIS as any other student in the class.

    Overcoming the obstacles of a learning disability takes hard work, sometime 2 to 3 time longer than non LD students.
    LD does not go away as kids grow up. It has to be managed by the student and brought to the attention of the instructor. Print is not accessible for LD people to differnt degrees.  

    Under the ADA, people who have disabilities are allowed to level the degree of difficulty by using accomodations to get around what they cannot do, as documented by medical and schools personnel. One of the best of these is to provide audiobook versions of print books. I am surprised to find that esripress does not include an audiobook for each of the books used for instruction.

    ESRI ought to get ahead of the demand for LD accessible resources create the audiobooks to provide to students as part of their individual Learning Plan.

    Its not a broken leg, but LD sure slows you down. The problem is other people don't experience problems and may not understand what is causing you trouble. So here is some background:

    Dyslexics reading a screen or page see the information but their information processing of symbols is faulty. Its as if the symbols on the page 'xwnd' are scrambled within a word to make 'dnxw'. The person sees the wrong word on the page. It may take 3 times to type in a line of code; once wrong, again to fix and third to find the things you couldn't see the first two tries. The result is that they are still working when everyone in the class has finished.

    Perception defects that often accompany LD dyslexia:
    • letters in a word and digits in a number move to different places. Ex Shakes becomes Snakes
    • Instead of reading a line from left to right, a dyslexic person's eye skips around the page, skipping a line here, reading the same line twice, losing their place on the page. This makes it harder to cut from one window and pate into another. Its easy to miss a few lines on the copy part.
    • Some letters, such as b d q p, look the same because they are the same form reflected or rotated. To read and understand a word with one of these letters, the pattern of the word and the context in which it is used provide clues to which word is most likely to be correct.
    • Its harder to read and be sure you understand with dyslexia than for other people. It takes more time and there's no guarentee its right unless you understand the material and learn the vocabulary. The brain uses the easiest method of identifying a word, something similar, familiar and wrong. Rereading is a workaround for that.
    • Dyslexic people are very good at vizualizing and are creative. However, their sensitivy to the visual environment can cause visual effects which include: Seeing rivers of white between islands of text, letters winking in colors, the words blurring, floating above the page, twisting in distortion and becoming so odd that the person feels disoriented, like someone who has been spun around playing pin the tail on the donkey and  is unsure in their footing. If the effects are intense, the person feels nausea just looking at print and has to take a break, These effects are often precursors to severe headache and the sensation of the room spinning around.
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     dyslexia, learning disability, LD, sec 508, ADA, tech accessibility
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  hglaser  to Service IdeasOther ProductsTraining Ideas Jan 24, 2014
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    Please allow NON-PROFITS to receive discounts on Instructor led training.
    Tags :
     NPO, non-profit, training, discount
    4 Comments  |  Posted by :  mattsil  to Service IdeasEducationTraining Ideas Jun 6, 2013
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    Lecture and exercise manuals for Esri's instructor led trainining often contain great content not included in other Esri documentation. Please consider following Oracle's lead and publish these online for free in PDF format. Those without a training budget or time to formally attend classes will thank you.

    While the classes themselves are terrific, and much of the value comes from instructor/student interaction (naturally), the training manuals are fantastic references. They would be great advertisements for the courses themselves (for those with training budgets who may not yet be convinced of their value).

    This would also help students who've taken Esri instructor led classes in the past for a particular product but would like a refresh on the latest product iteration. It's often tough to justify taking the same course for a later iteration of the same product--and ArcSDE is a great example where you want to keep up.

    The least you could do is disaggregate and sell the training manuals separately apart from the training. The manuals are that good--at least in the case of the ArcSDE classes, they stand very well on their own.

    And finally... Giving a product away may not look great on a balance sheet. But consider the intangible value of more customers understanding complex Esri products more clearly and deeply. Priceless. Don't step over dollars to pick up pennies here.
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     training manuals, arcgis server, arcsde, pdf
    12 Comments  |  Posted by :  dananrg  to Training Ideas May 27, 2011
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    I always get invitations to free web seminars. And everytime I wanted to join, I had to fill up the form to register for the event.

    It would be nice if I wont be required  to fill up all entries all over again everytime I register- once ot twice would be fine, but not everytime.
    Besides I was already invited- so it means that ESRI already have me in its database of invitees,
    and registered ESRI licensees should also not be required to fill up the registration form everytime one wants to join a seminar.

    -Enrie

    Tags :
     Automatic registration, Free Web Seminar
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  emaglanque  to Service IdeasTraining Ideas Oct 23, 2013
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    There is a gap in Esri training offerings. Please create instructor-led ArcGIS Runtime for iOS and Android trainings.
    Tags :
     iOS, Android, Runtime, Training
    2 Comments  |  Posted by :  nita14  to Training IdeasArcGIS RuntimeMarketplace Apps Nov 13, 2013
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    ArcGIS ModelBuilder in Version 10.1 still exports 9.3 python syntax. It's always necessary to convert the syntax with the ArcGIS help to actuell 10.0 or 10.1 syntax. Often you need the actual syntax for example because of the better performance of the 10.0 Map Algebra. The manual conversion takes a lot of time. Therefore I wrote an E-Mail to ESRI support to ask about updating plans. The answer was: "ESRI does not plan to update the export tool to 10.x syntax. It's a low level utility and still in 10.2 it will export 9.3 syntax."

    Python beginners would be vary happy to learn this way the optimal and actual 10.x syntax and even Python Programmers with more experience could integrate new script parts much more quickly, if the ModelBuilder exports the write 10.x syntax for a function, he uses the first time.

    Please update the ModelBuilder export function to actual Pyhon syntax (10.x).
    Tags :
     ModelBuilder export python
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  petra.zieger  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining Ideas Jul 29, 2013
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    Currently there is a twitter account for ArcGIS ideas. it will be great if we have also a "Facebook" Page.

    Facebook is a rich social networking website, where you can upload images, videos, and interactive discussions.

    This page will enable GIS professionals to have more space of dicussion, uploading vidoes explaining ideas.

    Also, ESRI Tech team can upload vidoes about how ESRI is going with the trend of latest Technology ideas and innovation in GIS Field.



    Tags :
     ArcGIS Ideas Facebook Page
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  mousaem  to EducationTraining Ideas Oct 28, 2013
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    When searching for geoprocessing tools you have to beable to spell the tool name perfectly to find it. It would be nice for the searcg engine to intuitively find what you are looking for. 
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  jrlalessi  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining IdeasMaps and Content Oct 28, 2013
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