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North Arrow enhancement

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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.

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     magnetic declination, north arrow, declination
    Posted by   lissajo64  to ArcGIS DesktopProduction Mapping (PLTS) Aug 11, 2010

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ebowman 
May 14, 2012
Now at 10.1, you can add the declination to the north arrow.  Can  we add fonts to the standard Esri style that will make this easier to create the graphic on the map?


 
tonylocandro 
Jun 15, 2011
I agree, I would doubt I would get PLTS just for the ability to add a North arrow that shows Magnetic Declination, Grid North and True North. I would simply do it another way. I do not see how keeping this from the basic ARCGIS desktop induces users to buy PLTS.


 
Captain 
Apr 7, 2011
I have PLTS, but everyone needs this.

As a geologist, licensed Merchant Marine, Emergency Responder (search and rescue, amateur radio - APRS), avid hiker, and 15 year GIS professional, can't see why this hasn't been available.  Instead, relies on the proactive map maker to do the calculating, drafting, and pasting of an image to the map.  Not against a GIS professional doing this (more importantly, to have the knowledge of declination and variation), it simply leaves a gap that is usually filled by the naive to exclude such an important map component.

Most every profession/entity using ArcGIS needs this north arrow.  Please implement and leave the simple north arrows to the car GPSs.


 
cokinos 
Feb 7, 2011
I agree, a north arrow with the magnetic declination is essential at the basic license level of ArcGIS.

See screen captures.

User-added image

User-added image

Source: Total Magnetic Intensity (TMI) Anomaly maps.






 
DKRussell 
Sep 22, 2010
As a member of the emergency management community, I agree that this function of your mapping processes should be included as a standard.  This allows your company to become a leader and promoter of the USNG process, which is a standard in emergency response.  Magnetic Declination, Grid North, and True North are keys to any end product.  What a kudos for your company to include this as part of your package without additional costs to the consumer base.


 
danbarnett813 
Sep 21, 2010
 I agree. This should be a standard feature.


 
lesliec 
Sep 21, 2010

 I agree wholeheartedly.  This should be part of the package!!!!!!



 
bwmaydwe 
Aug 25, 2010
I agree, since it's an emergency response standard to use the USNG, this would be a great function to move to the core desktop.


 
david.lock 
Aug 19, 2010
I agree this needs to be a basic function in ArcGIS


 
jwarzi 
Aug 12, 2010
I agree, a north arrow with Magnetic Declination, Grid North and True North is a key part for any US National Grid Map Booke.  Have this functionality in core Desktop would be a great way for ESRI to support the adoption and use of US National Grid within their products without additional costs to users.


 

 

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