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Swiss Hillshade

October 13 2011 | 4 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Map Data, Model Builder

How to use the tool? Sorry but I don't understand how to use it. When I open the toolbox i can select my DEM, without problem, then I have to select the out hillshade and aerial perspective, but I got yellow caution signs and I cannot select or create a raster file. What I'm doing wrong?

I have run the crater model without problem, but it's impossible to make it work with my data. If somebody can help me. I'll appreciate it. Thx.

Mapping Center Answer:

You need to be sure to place the data in a location that you have access to (that is, a directory that you have write access to) and that the raster output name is supported (e.g., not more than 13 characters long).

A couple of other tips for using raster data -- try to keep you path names shorter and do not use spaces in the path names.

some more things to check posted by Michael Norelli on Jun 21 2012 5:03PM
I found that I needed to do the following:

- Unzip the whole zipfile containing the toolboxes to a location I have write access to (I like the My Toolboxes folder for ArcGIS 10.0 on WinXP:
C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcToolbox\My Toolboxes)

- Move the tool for my version (I used Hillshade Tools 9.3) up one directory, i.e. from the delivery folder to the location referenced above

- Double-click the model to run it, but before running the tool, click the Environments button and change:
Thanks! posted by Aileen Buckley on Jun 21 2012 5:06PM
Thanks for these tips about what worked for you! We will be sure to log them!
continued from above posted by Michael Norelli on Jun 21 2012 5:17PM
= change Scratch Workspace to C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcToolbox\My Toolboxes\hillshade_tools\Scratch
= change Current Workspace to anywhere you have write access and where you want outputs to go

- Then rename the path and feature names of the two outputs: Filtered Hillshade and Aerial Perspective

- if you rerun the tool, be sure to delete anything in Scratch folder if anything's there (sometime the tool would crash my ArcMap necessitating deleting files that weren't cleaned up).
Thanks again! posted by Aileen Buckley on Jun 21 2012 6:22PM
Once again, thanks for your tips!

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