Getting Back to a Normal ArcMap Interface

ArcMap Hell My friends, there are many types of ArcMap Hell.  The type I want to help you with today is an interface beyond redemption.  This can happen for a number of reasons: Someone made a mess while in customize mode – removing tools and buttons from their normal places. A toolbar or dialog window…

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The Art of Making Globes by Hand

Today we offer you a fascinating article about a small company in England that continues to make globes by hand.  Enjoy!  Read the article here.

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Create & Populate a Custom Toolbox in ArcMap

GeoProcessing Tools Galore Here’s a pop quiz:  In which ArcToolbox toolset will you find the Feature to Point tool?  Or how about the Define Projection tool?  With hundreds of tools scattered among dozens of toolsets whose structure changes with each new software release, it is an exercise in futility to remember where your favorite tools…

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Moving a GPS Point in Pathfinder Office

Bad GPS Data It can happen.  Despite your best efforts at collecting quality GPS data, you end up with wildly inaccurate positions.  One reason is because of multi-path error. GPS is line-of-sight technology.  Your GPS receiver needs to be able to see the GPS satellites in order to determine your XY location.  Multi-path error occurs…

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Creating a Weighted Suitability Model in GIS

GIS Suitability Analysis, Revisited In a previous blog and video, I showed you how to use ArcGIS for Desktop to perform a binary suitability analysis.  I wanted to find suitable locations for a new cafe in Tucson, Arizona.  The results from the binary analysis are a simple yes/no – either a location meets your criteria…

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New Collector Training Video

New GIS Training Video for Esri’s Collector GPS Mapping with Esri’s Collector App Boulder, CO, May 11, 2015:  GeoMattix is pleased to announce the latest GIS training video course.  GPS Mapping with Esri’s Collector App is for anyone who wants to learn how to use Esri’s Collector app on an Apple or Android smart device…

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New Training Video for Esri’s Collector

GeoMattix Offers Training for Esri’s ArcGIS Collector Learning a new field GIS workflow on your own is frustrating and time consuming.  Sure, Collector is easy to use in the field, but the whole workflow from ArcMap to ArcGIS Online to Collector and back is fraught with snags.  We make the process so much easier!  Our…

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Creating a Binary Suitability Model in GIS

GIS Suitability Analysis A common GIS task is to find the best location for something.  The ‘something’ could be anything from a new restaurant, fire department, communication tower, and so on.  You have something that needs to be placed in the environment, GIS is your power tool to find the best place for it. This…

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Geocoding in ArcMap

From Address to XY Coordinate I spent a lot of time at the post office this past holiday season.  Each time I gave a package to the teller, he or she would enter the address into the computer to make sure it was valid – essentially a form of geocoding. Geocoding is the GIS process…

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Create a GIS Study Area Polygon

Where to Begin a New GIS Project? For just about every GIS and GPS project I’ve worked on, one of the essential ingredients is a polygon that defines the boundary of the study area.  I quickly learned that this is the best place to begin when gathering data for a new project. Why Do You…

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