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Systematically moving polygons away from a point

October 16 2007 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Effects

How do you move all the US state polygons outwards from the middle of the map so that none of
them are touching. Essentially you are exploding this layer from a centerpoint.

Mapping Center Answer:

There’s no way to do that automatically, so you’ll need to do this one at a time. In the customize dialog (view menu -> toolbars -> customize) on the commands tab, the Editor category has a couple of tools that will likely help. First is a move command which allows you to move features a specified distance, which could come handy if you move the outer states a given distance, then the next set of states another smaller distance. The Scale tool will allow you to make some adjustments to the size of the polygons, which you may deem needed given that Rhode Island will look even smaller as an island.

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