## What’s new in ArcGIS 10.6.1 and 10.6

What’s New in ArcMap 10.6

ArcMap 10.6 is primarily a quality improvement release focused on increasing performance and fixing bugs.

Updates to ArcMap 10.6 include

  • New and updated 3D Analyst tools for working with LAS datasets.
  • New Network Analyst tools for creating network dataset layers from other layers and templates.
  • Support for the PostGIS geography type to store spatial data in PostgreSQL databases and geodatabases.

              # See Whats New in  ArcGIS 10.6

GIS Tip # 06: How to Move/Shift an annotation to new XY Location

In this tutorial we will learn how to move/shift an annotation to new XY location. This is similar to Move option in ArcMap.

Follow the below steps:

Open new ArcMap

Step 1:  Select “New Text” Option from Drawing Tool as shown in the below screen shot. ( You can find Draw tool Left side bottom of the ArcMap Window)

Draw Tool

Step 2:  Place “New text” any where in your ArcMap (Note: Name changed to “Move this text” for this tutorial). I consider this location as Point “A” and i want to move this text to new location Point “B”.

Move this text

Step 3:  Select the “Identify Tool” from Tool bar to take new XY co-ordinates to move/shift annotation (Move this text) to Point “B”.

Step 4:   Click on the Point “B” Location.

Step 5: Copy new XY coordinates form Identify tool.

Step-3 ,4 & 5

Step 6:  Now Use “Select Elements” from Tools Menu to change the XY Coordinates for an annotation ” Move this text“.


Step 7: Right Click on the “Move this text” and click on “Properties“.


Step 8: Click on “Size and Position” tab from the Properties window and change X and Y Co-ordinates as copied in the Step 5 in the available boxes. (Note: Make sure to enter XY co-ordinates in the same format as below)


It’s done an annotation is shifted to the desired location.


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GIS Tip # 05 : How to Connect New Folder in ArcMap

Here is the procedure to “Connect to Folder” in your ArcMap.

Open Windows Explorer and Choose Desired Location:
(Ex: D:\ Create New Folder )

Step 1:   Go to File -New – Select Folder to Create New Folder for this Tutorial

Step 2:  Change Folder Name to ” GIS Tip#5 Connect to Folder

open explorer

Step 3:  Open new ArcMap or Use Current Map to Click “Add Data” Button.

Add Data

Step 4:  A New Window Will Appear and Click “Connect to Folder”  Button As Shown in the Below Screen Shot.

Connect to Folder

Step 5 : A new Sub Window Will Open there we need to locate folder which we Created Earlier for this Tutorial, Select it and Hit” OK”  button to Add Folder.

Select Folder

Make sure our New Folder “GIS Tip # 5 Connect to Folder” is appear now in Arc Catalog Tree.

Make Sure

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ARCGIS 10.2 Released


ESRI Announced the release of ArcGIS 10.2,  I’m very excited with this new version as there are many new enhanced updates and upgrades on existing functionality.

Here are few interesting features for example:

Improved Geo-processing tools :


3D Analyst toolbox : Added new tools in 3D Analysis toolbox which enables to users to create 2D or 3D detailed models directly from ARCGIS and ease access to export 3D models and sharing them via GIS Online.

Conversion toolbox : Converting Excel  spreadsheet to Table and  Table to excel spread sheet.

Data Management toolbox > Geo Tagged Photos to Points : This tool records directional information for a photo when it captured  and supported by the capturing device.

Spatial Statistics toolbox : A New Optimized Hot Spot analysis tool has been updated in this version it enables to identifies the set of weighted features, statistically significant hot spots and cold spots using the Getis-Ord Gi* statistic.

ArcGIS Server : Geo processing tools are now more faster than the previous versions on average of 25 percentage due to file input/output optimization.

Signing in to ArcGIS Online from ArcGIS for Desktop: It allows user to access their content,Organization’s data and applications, and public content from ESRI,communities, and users. It includes enhanced security improvements to the process of signing in ARCGIS Online.

Reports : It includes now Mailing Label templates from data in a Layer or table.

CAD :  Support  has been added for AutoCAD 2013 DWG files.

ArcGIS Portal : the key concept of ArcGIS 10.2 as a hosted application with Citrix XenApp which allows users to share and access the organizational geographic data such as maps,applications and other information through the web site.

Here you can find more details on  What’s new in ArcGIS 10.2  – Link

Here you can Download ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 trail version for 60 Days –Link

Here is the question for you – how long have you been used  ArcGIS 10.1 or ArcGIS 10.0.?

GIS Quick Tip # 04 :Secrets of Using the”Go To XY” Tool in Arcmap

There are many ways to Converting and Displaying Coordinates in Arcmap, but there is one uncovered secret tip to convert your co-ordinate system very quickly and easily using “Go To XY” tool in Arcmap.

If you have set of coordinates then you can simply switch one into one another Using “Go To XY” tool.

Open the Go to XY tool from the toolbar.


Select a coordinate system of your pair (Ex: we are going to use X and Y pair so select Meters format), then Type (or paste) the coordinates into the text box and click one of the buttons to Pan to, Zoom to, Flash, Add a Point, Add a Point Labeled with Coordinates, or Add a Callout.


The Go To XY tool keeps a record of recent locations, which you can return to by clicking the Recent button and selecting the previous location from the list.You can use this option to convert your coordinates from one format to another. To do this, select your coordinates from recent locations and pan to the location, Then select your new output format and select the coordinates from the recent button a new converted co-ordinates will appear in the text box.

Make sure a new system (Decimal Degrees) will appear on the task bar.
New System
Again click on recent button to access converted coordinate system in the text box.
Converted system
Finally, you can now access them in the text box area and click one of the buttons to Pan to, Zoom to, Flash, Add a Point, Add a Point Labeled with Coordinates, or Add a Callout.
Text box
You can also convert them into available systems appearing in the list, so try to convert them into any other systems and please leave your comments in the commented area.

Try to convert

GIS Tip # 03: Analysis Selected features in Arcmap Using Statistics

Following procedure will help us to do the analysis for the Selected Features in Arcmap.

  • Counting number of features. 
  • Find out the Minimum and Maximum feature.
  • Sum of the total selected features. (Ex: Total length for selected route)
  • Mean and Standard deviation.

1 )  First You should have already selected some features in Arcmap, if not you can select them by using Selection Tool or you can add features one by one   in the selected list using Interactive Selection method.

2) After Selecting all features then Go to TOC and Click  Selection tab to see the selected features ( In this example we are calculating actual length between two site locations (site 1 and  site 2))


3) Right click on the Selected feature class (NE.TRANSMEDIA) and click on “Open Table Showing Selected Features”


4) Attribute table will open with “Selected Features” then choose your field to start doing analysis for the selected features, In this case we are using  “LENGTH” field to calculate the total length, Right click on the “LENGTH” field and then Select “Statistics”


5) Again a new window will open with the details of the selected features,So the Total length between two sites is 2170 m.


GIS Tip # 02: Converting Labels to Annotations

In this article we will discuss about how we can convert labels into Annotations. This useful tip allows us :

  • To Manage more fields names in congested Areas.
  • To Manage overlapped fields.
  • To Access existing field names as a labels features.
  • To adjust more fields while printing efficient maps.

1) To enable Labels in the Map, Right Click on the “Layer” file in which you want to display and Select “Label Features”.


2) Now you can see the enabled field names In the map, here some fields are overlapped in the map to arrange them follow the below steps.


3) You can Change the filed name as you want to display in map by Right Clicking the Layer File and select “Properties choose “Labels” tab in the properties window and select your “Label Field” name in the “Text String:” Options area and Click OK.


3) After displaying your fields in the map Right click on the layer file and then select “Convert Labels to Annotation” a new window will open here you need to select “In the map” in Store Annotation Options, and select “Features in the current extent” in Create Annotation Options and  click “Convert”,  Now you can access them in the Map as a label features and you can  now adjust them as you like.


4) You can now move them any where in the Map by using “Selection tool”.



GIS Tip # 01 : Adding Online Base-map files into your ArcMap

This article will teach you how to effectively add Online Base-Map/Imagery files into your ArcMap and projecting them with  appropriate Co-Ordinate  systems.this is very useful tip when your organizational basemap servers gets down or not updated latest locations  in working basemap files, It happens for us many times and we used to refer “Google maps” and “Google earth” but we are not comfortable with that because one need to manage multiple applications simultaneously to get the desired results, so after some research I find out the solution that why don’t we use  our own “ArcGIS Online Basemap” files provided by ESRI, but I found some mismatches with our existing data when I tried to them into Arcmap then I understand that I’m trying to view data from two different Datum’s (Coordinate System) so I need to perform Transformations to make it as one Datum. Below is the step by step procedure how I applied transformations to change basemap view into Qatar Coordinate Systems.

This demonstration is using ArcMap 10.0, steps are almost same for the older versions.

1 ) Open blank ArcMap .
2) Go to File Menu and Select Add Data | Add Basemap. (For Arcmap 9.x users  Go to File\ Add Data From GIS Online\Select Imagery from Esri website)
Add Data From Online
3) Select Imagery and click Add button to add files automatically into your arcmap.
Selecting Imagery

4) Ensure that you have added Basemap layers files into your Arcmap as shown.


5) Now  Add any other shape files or layer files from your Geo database (Ex: I’ve added Ways street map layer) and zoom to any visible area to find out the mismatch in two files It looks like moving up Imagery file a little bit approximately 100m difference between files In Arcmap, so we need to apply couple of transformations to align them properly, to do this Right click on the Arcmap screen and select Dataframe Properties.


6) New property window will open now, Select Coordinate System tab and choose Layers in the select Coordinate system area and choose Imagery layer and then click Transformations again a small linked window will open for Geographic Coordinate System Transformations and now select Correct Datum In  Convert form: area In which you want to converts from In this example I’m selecting GCS_WGS_1984 and click drop down list in Into: area and choose your coordinate system in which you want to convert into in this case I’m selecting Asia\Qatar 1974 and using: Qatar_1974_To_GCS_WGS_1984_3 method and Click OK and hit Apply.


7) Now check your map is aligned and adjusted properly with your Ways street map.If not aligned then go back to the Arcmap and re-open Dataframe Properties/Coordinate system now you need to select Projected Coordinate Systems / National Grids/Asia/Qatar National Grid and  hit Apply.

Now Check your data it should be aligned perfectly as below screen shot.


If you face any problems when performing these above steps Please feel free to leave your comments below.