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Hi,

Just a couple of extremely minor points but when I took my GIS program we were always told to make the scale text something whole, so instead of your 1:378,000 make it 1:380,000 or 1:375,000. Minor I know but something I was taught.

One other thing a Pro Cartographer recently told me is that with the scale bar it is always better to use something like 60-80% grey instead of black. It's a trick of the eye that using black makes distances seem longer as there is a black line to seperate distances.....if that make sense. Basically, grey makes things appear more exact to the eye.

Minor but just something to think about perhaps!!

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Just a couple of extremely minor points but when I took my GIS program we were always told to make the scale text something whole, so instead of your 1:378,000 make it 1:380,000 or 1:375,000. Minor I know but something I was taught.


I'd go even further and leave the scale factor off. As soon as somebody copies that map and applies some scaling, the scale factor is off. A scale bar on the other hand will always be the correct size.
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Just a couple of extremely minor points but when I took my GIS program we were always told to make the scale text something whole, so instead of your 1:378,000 make it 1:380,000 or 1:375,000. Minor I know but something I was taught.


I'd go even further and leave the scale factor off. As soon as somebody copies that map and applies some scaling, the scale factor is off. A scale bar on the other hand will always be the correct size.

I didn't want to have the written scale, but I was told to include it by my boss. I'll bring it up again, and see if I can remove it.

... with the scale bar it is always better to use something like 60-80% grey instead of black.

Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.


Thanks for the suggestions.
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It drives me crazy that ArcMap doesn't have a spell check.


Yeah! This is an excellent question. If one is to "finish" a map (adding textual-content, legends, and other map furniture) using ArcGIS, it ought to have a spellchecker. I don't think I've heard this request before, but I am sure ESRI has over time. It's a good one.


There's a script, at least for the layout text : Spell Check for Text Elements Within Layout.

I didn't try it, but it could be useful. I think it must use MS Word Spellchecker.



I have used the ArcScript for spell check and it is ok. However I find it easier to just copy and paste my text into Microsoft Word and back.




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