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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cool Tools continued…

An anonymous comment on my previous post suggested that I should check out the free ArcGIS extensions from Ianko’s GIS page. The company is now called ET Spatial Techniques and I have actually used their free Easy Calculate tool which is an excellent add-on for ArcGIS ArcView users. From the http://www.ian-ko.com/ website:

EasyCalculate is a set of expressions (currently 110) for the ArcGIS field calculator. The expressions can be loaded in the Field Calculator and when executed calculate some spatial characteristics of the features, edit the shapes, add records to a target layer, draw graphics etc

I haven’t tried Ianko’s other tools yet like ET GeoTools, ET GeoWizards, and EditTools and the other free stuff like the Watershed delineator but it looks like the focus is primarily on enhanced editing and manipulation capabilities as well as surface generation tools for ArcGIS ArcView users. The tools are all available for free demo and the cost to buy seems reasonable at $110 US for EditTools, $140 for ET GeoTools and $180 US ET GeoWizards. As is the case with most software the price goes down with the number of licenses purchased.

One of the things I have found most difficult about the transition from the command line ArcInfo world to ArcGIS is the editing capabilities in ArcMap versus ArcEdit...anything that can make editing in ArcMap more intuitive and easier is definitely worth a try. The next time I have to do some editing I will definitely take a look at Ianko’s GIS page.

Thanks for the tip “Anonymous”…Keep them coming!

10 Comments:

  • At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ET Geowizards is a great set of tools. I've been using the free versions for years, and I am currently waiting on my license key for a full blown version. The best part is that you can call any of the tools from either VBA or python very easily, so using them for automated tasks works great. And the documentation ain't bad either. Ian is da man.

     
  • At 7:16 PM, Blogger ArcVancouver said…

    Hey there
    I got a blog myself so that you and I could talk. I was the one who originally posted about IainKo's website. Email me and I'll send you some more good stuff I've found over the 'Net.
    Cheers
    CS

     
  • At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Lawrence said…

    The Easy Calculate Tools are just awesome! Thanks to Ian and pple like you who spread the Gospel..we can spend time doing what really needs to be done, the work

     
  • At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yea, ET Geotools and Wizards are great extensions. We do quite a bit of polyline editing and 'cleaning.' GeoTools knocks the time required down by easily 50% or more. The Tools aren't fool-proof and there are errors, but once you get used to the nuances you can cover a lot ground in a hurry.

     
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