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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Cool Tools from XTools Pro

I think XTools Pro from the folks at Data East is probably the finest third party extension available for ArcMAP. Not only is it relatively cheap at $150 US for a single license but this feature rich extension is almost indispensible if you are running an ArcView - ArcGIS license. I orginally picked up a license when I was running ArcView - ArcGIS and needed the "identity" spatial overlay functionality. Once I started playing around with some of the other tools I soon wondered how I had managed without it. Some of my favourite functions are: the Aggregate Features/Records which performs an SQL-like group by aggregation query and spits out either a stand-alone table, shapefile or personal geodatabase; Multi-Delete Fields is another cool tool I use frequently which as the name suggest deletes multiple fields with a couple of quick clicks of the mouse; a younger co-worker of mine might call the Feature Report tool 'sick' which I think is hip-talk for really good...the Feature Report tool quickly generates an MS Word editable (not edible) report of a selected feature, showing geometry, projection and feature attributes like the one shown here>>

If you are an ArcGIS user and want to enhance the functionality of your GIS software without breaking the bank you may want to consider XTools Pro. There's even a trial software download so you can try the cool tools before you buy.

You may not believe it by my hyped up rant, but I don't work for or have any affiliation with XTools Pro or Data East.


  • At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, I use it too. I was using the free download for a while and found it useful. You should also check out Ianko's GIS page for his ET GeoWizard stuff. The free tools are fantastic for misc calculations.

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  • At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    XtoolsPro is a power tool that i know. Especialy, it can export feature class to KML file to import in Google Earth.

  • At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HAve you ever noticed that the Aggregate Features/Records function does not calculate the std deviation correctly?

    When aggregating points to polylines, and asking fior the avg and std dev of a set of values, the aggregation does the avg correctly, but not the stdev. The only correct value returned is the st dev of the first set of point data (ordered by path ID ant time fields)

    Any idea on how to correct this?

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger TN Kais said…

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