Must-have GIS Tools and Extensions
Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:56 AM
forgive me if this very topic has already been addressed (in which case please point me in the right direction). As I read each days' new posts in the GIS thread, I continually come across great advice for downloading a free extension that will do such and such. It makes me think that perhaps a good resource for us all to have is a single good starting point for the free extensions and toolsets (perhaps even low-cost) that this forums GIS'ers couldnt do without.
Sort of a dont-leave-home without it list.
For example, I just found two references for the Hawth Tools and it looks very useful for the stuff many of us do. Also the ARD Toolbar.
If this idea is agreeable, then let's start compiling and hopefully by the end we'll have a good resource ready, which I'll try to aggregate at the very end. Many thanks in advance!
1) Hawth's Tools for ArcGIS 9.x
2) ARD Toolbar
Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:19 PM
Thanks Hans, but I think what I had in mind was extensions to or applications within ArcGIS 9.x
Ah, but we're talking GIS tools here, and there's more to GIS than just Arc
Even so, FME works along with ArcGIS (Data Interoperability Extension).
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:43 PM
Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:45 PM
Also: ET Geowizards is at the top of our list.
Would also like to note that some of the best GIS tools out there are the ones that don't run within ArcMap. We use a number of other "free" apps to do spatial analyses, etc. without the thousands of $$$ investment required to do it within ArcGIS. These would include: SAGA GIS, MapWindow, JUMP, GRASS, to name a few.
Posted 18 March 2009 - 03:26 AM
Posted 18 March 2009 - 07:07 AM
And I'm also learning ArcObjects so I'll be able to add my own tools to the list...
Posted 19 March 2009 - 11:52 AM
Arcscripts is where its at!
Posted 19 March 2009 - 12:09 PM
I really appreciate the value of ArcScripts and also the spirit of sharing. I think it's unfortunate that profiteers have copied and repackaged free things for quick cash. I understand the motive and the justification for compensation - I just think it's unfortunate.
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:15 AM
I very rarely look at ArcView 3 these days, but I often go back to ArcInfo workstation, and primarily GRID. I have a lot of brain power invested in these old tools, and I appreciate the very clear topology concepts in old-school ArcInfo, and the clean (but quirky) command-line execution. It makes it so easy to tweak and and repeat a process later. But the real power there is ArcInfo GRID - raster calculations are so intuitive (and powerful) when written just like formulas.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:32 AM
I find it interesting that we power-users resort to the outdated tools to get the real things done. I feel like ArcGIS - from 8 and onwards, has still not caught up in usability (with all that power underneath), and I find the user interface quirky at times.
For what I've been told in class, ESRI counts a lot on the the fact that users can customize the application and share their work... it helps the company to concentrate their efforts someplace else...
Posted 20 March 2009 - 12:10 PM
Topology in ArcMap 9.3 is better than anything else before it.
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