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  • 470
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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
    3 Comments  |  Posted by :  Lauren_Fagg  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining IdeasMobile GIS Jan 17, 2012
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    It would be nice if there was a free 1/2hr or 1hr training on how to use the maplex labeling tools. There are lots of options in maplex  and it would be nice to understand everything instead of experimenting or search through help everytime I have a map with many different labels.
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     Maplex, labeling
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  leb7782  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining Ideas Aug 5, 2014
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  • 80
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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).
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     ModelBuilder export python
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  petra.zieger  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining Ideas Jul 29, 2013
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  • 20
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    In ArcGIS 10.x, the metadata editor allows the user to change the value named, "Label," on the Fields Page, under "Entity and Attribute Information," for each listed atribute.  The metadata element called, Label, is actually the FIELD NAME, taken from the data.

    If the value is changed, "to fix the label," it breaks the link between the stored metadata and the feature class.  The metadata tags commited to the geodatabase [or XML file] do not have the same name as the actual field in the feature class.  As a result, the saved metadata for the attribute is lost and the metadata will not validate.

    To fix this...

         1.  Do NOT call the metadata element in the metadata editor, "Label."

         2.  Do NOT all ow teh user to edit the Attribute [Field] name!
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     metadata, description tab, ArcCatalog, attribute, validate
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  JimLaDOTD  to ArcGIS DesktopGeodatabaseTraining Ideas Jun 22, 2014
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  • 40
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    Current Condition (7/30/2014):
    http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis-for-home/common-questions

    If I purchase ArcGIS for Home Use, would I get software updates?  No. If you would like to get a new version of the software you will need to purchase another 12-month term license for that version.

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    The home use program would be more valuable for me and for Esri if the 12 month subscription included software updates. 
    • Benefits to me:  easy access to the current version of the software for learning, improving skills, and performing personal projects during my paid 12-month subscription term
    • Benefits to Esri:
      1. 1. I'd be willing to pay more.  Let's say $125/yr instead of $100.
      2. 2. I'd focus more time and attention on the Esri GIS software and less time and attention to become familiar with competing offerings such as the Boundless technology stack when I let my Esri HUP subscription lapse until the next release of ArcGIS software.
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     hup, home, use, program, subscription, term, software, update, ArcGIS
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    I like to read the ArcGIS documentation on my IPad mini where I do most of my reading these days.  It is clear, portable and can access most every thing I need.  The font used in the Esri docs is clear but rather small.  It would be helpful if the ArcGIS documentation could be downloaded in a format that a Kindle or Google Play reader can display such as a MS word doc.  Making the documentation available in this way would give the Esri users the flexibilty to resize or change the font type without needing to copy and paste from a browser.
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     Documentation
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  • 50
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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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    To support development staff & teaching of ArcObject / Python programming the ~code behind methods previously available in ArcView 3.3 would be great to activate in ArcMap...
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    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  JeffThorn45  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS EngineTraining Ideas Jun 16, 2014
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  • 200
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    An in depth guide book, like the one for python add-ins, would be great for learning the power of python toolboxes. An explanation of best practices and debugging would be great.

    An example of dynamic tool validation would also be great. For example, a tool that pulled the current data driven page record into a value table or record set for user interaction would be very helpful. 

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     python, pyt, toolbox, guide book.
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  g3martin  to ArcGIS DesktopTraining Ideas Oct 24, 2012
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  • 20
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    I've starting programming web applications, but I've found my lack of understanding of the dubugging process really slows me down.  It would be nice if there was an online course that explains the dubugging process.
    Tags :
     Dubugging, We applications, programming
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  mping  to ArcGIS ServerWeb Apps and APIsTraining Ideas Jun 17, 2014
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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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  • 50
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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.


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     training, Virtual Campus
    0 Comments  |  Posted by :  kmayall  to Training Ideas Jan 22, 2014
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  • 400
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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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  • 20
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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.
    Tags :
     Error Virtualbox ArcGIS Online
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  abrody  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS OnlineTraining Ideas Feb 11, 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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  • 20
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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.
    Tags :
     credits training software
    1 Comment  |  Posted by :  vtaradams  to Service IdeasTraining Ideas Feb 26, 2014
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  • 10
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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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  • 10
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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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  • 20
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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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