ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2 has close to 900 geoprocessing tools available. It’s close to impossible to remember every single tool that's available, so I thought I’d compile a list of the Top 10 geoprocessing tools you may never have heard of. Here they are, in no particular order:
Send Email With Zip File Attachment - Yes, ArcMap really can send an email for you. Don’t let the name of the tool fool you. It can send any file, not just zip files.
Table to Excel - This tool will convert a table into a Microsoft Excel .xls file.
GeoTagged Photos to Points - This tool creates points based on the coordinates of geotagged photos. It also provides the option of storing the photo as an attachment.
Consolidate Map - Have you ever worked with a map that had dozens of layers referencing data scattered over several different folders? This tool will create a new map document and copy all of the referenced data into a specified folder.
Recover File Geodatabase - If you’ve ever found yourself with a corrupt file geodatabase, this tool is for you.
Create Random Points - This tool will generate a specified number of random point features in a specified extent.
Sort - The Sort tool will permanently sort records in a table.
Feature Compare - Feature Compare will compare two layers and report differences with geometry, tabular values, spatial reference, and field definitions.
Check Geometry - If you ever suspect a feature class of being corrupted, this tool will check for geometry errors and output a table outlining those errors. Errors can then be repaired using the Repair Geometry tool.
Bearing Distance to Line - This tool creates line geometries based on a starting coordinate, distance and bearing values stored in a table.
Are there other obscure tools that you feel should've made the list? I'd love to hear from you.
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