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U.S. Maps Based on Where Baseball Players Were Born

Just in time to enjoy during the League Championship Series, Slate a has new maps showcasing where baseball players were born:

Since 1900, the states where the most baseball players have been born are California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, and Texas. The states with the least are Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska. Here’s a map of America if we were to divide the country into 50 states with the same number of baseball players born in each:

Gooseland is an empty wasteland of frozen ballfields and broken dreams. I grew up in Trammellia which probably explains why I’m blogging about this map instead of being in it.

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Cartography in ArcGIS 9

You can now edit cartography features in 9.2 just as you would with the datasets themselves. Many times the symbology of ArcGIS just doesn’t display correctly, but now you can edit how the symbology is displayed. It is kind of hard to describe this, but if you think about how a product such as Adobe Illustrator works with vector lines, you now have this and even more control over how lines and features look and store them in your Geodatabase. You no longer have to massage GIS datasets so they look good, but work with the symbology. The backend dataset stays the same. I hope ESRI will put up a demo online so you can see what this looks like. Override symbols right from the view, you don’t have to edit the properties anymore. Very impressive!

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ArcGIS 9.1 Legend Properties

A nice new change is the ability to changes the text symbols for all legend items at once. Before you had to apply them to each layer in the legend as well as the legend title. Now all you have to do is set the text color and font, then hit apply. I spent hours two weeks ago messing with these settings on 9.0.x to match the documents type font and colors. A very nice improvement if you ask me.

ArcGIS91 Legend

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ArcGIS 9.1 Legend Properties

A nice new change is the ability to changes the text symbols for all legend items at once. Before you had to apply them to each layer in the legend as well as the legend title. Now all you have to do is set the text color and font, then hit apply. I spent hours two weeks ago messing with these settings on 9.0.x to match the documents type font and colors. A very nice improvement if you ask me.

ArcGIS91 Legend