Thursday, January 28, 2010

RIA ArcCatalog Tools

Ever needed to copy the names of the feature classes within a GeoDatabase to a text or MS Word Document. It is actually quite difficult to do. Never fear, we have written a simple but extremely useful tool which will make your life a lot easier: The RIA ArcCatalog Tools.
Version 1.0 of the RIA ArcCatalog Tools Toolbar has been uploaded to ArcScripts (yes Chris I know, finally!). You can download it from here.

Basically what the tool does is copies the names of any selected objects from the ArcCatalog Contents window to the clipboard. You are then free to paste those names wherever you like.

Let us know what you think of the tool. Any feedback is appreciated.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Using ArcPad Training - Gold Coast 3rd March 2010

With the upcoming OZRI/APUC Conference scheduled at the Gold Coast, March 4-5, RIA Mobile GIS are planning to run a Using ArcPad Training Course on the Gold Coast on Wednesday 3rd March.

To register your interest or to obtain further information about the course, please contact RIA on (03) 6223 4919 or email

Following the Training Course, attendees of the OZRI Conference can head along to OZRI welcome drinks at Conrad Jupiters from 6pm onwards.

Stay tuned for Course venue details.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Patches and Service Packs

I have recently been working on a project for a client where we have written some custom ArcPad check in tools, which firstly deposits all edits into a Staging File GeoDatabase. After a manaual verification has taken place, we then upload all edits to a Versioned SDE Master GeoDatabase. The tool is written using ArcGIS Geoprocessing tools and Python scripting.

In doing my testing, I found an issue with appending the edits to the Versioned SDE GeoDatabase. It worked fine to an unversioned database, but not the versioned one. An error was appearing telling me I could not edit the data outside of an edit session (which is not possible from the Geoporcessing script).

After doing a bit of research, I found that this was a bug with ArcGIS 9.3.1, and (thankfully) there was a patch available from the ESRI Support Center website.

This serves as a good reminder to keep your software up to date, and if you are having problems, check for patches and service packs. Also check the user forums - chances are someone else has experienced exactly the same problem you are facing.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Rugged PDA from Getac

The Getac PS236 is a new release ruggedized PDA with a number of integrated features including GPS, 3MP camera, RFID, 1D Barcode Reader, compass, altimeter and optional HSDPA.

A review of this unit by RIA will be coming soon, stay tuned. In the meantime, independent product reviews can be found at: