How Can I Use GeoExpress With ArcMap?

The GeoExpress Toolbox MenuFor those of you that live in ArcGIS, you'll be glad to know that it's easy to perform GeoExpress tasks directly in ArcMap. You can use the versatile and extensible python toolboxes built into ArcGIS to run GeoExpress commands. We've thrown together a sample GeoExpress Toolbox that you can extend or use as-is to perform a subset of GeoExpress tasks.

Before you get started, make sure that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Verify that you have ArcMap 10.2 installed. (ArcMap 10.1 should also work.)
  • Verify that you have GeoExpress installed.
  • Verify that you have Python installed. Python is included in the ArcGIS installation by default.
  • Ensure that your computer's Path variable includes Python and GeoExpress. To check your Path, use the Windows Start Menu to search for Advanced System Settings and click Environment Variables. In the System Variables list, open the Path variable and make sure that you see the following file paths:
    C:\Program Files\LizardTech\GeoExpress9\bin

To install the GeoExpress Toolbox for ArcMap, complete the following steps:

  • Download the GeoExpress Toolbox here.
  • Move the zip file to the directory where you want to store the toolbox.
  • Extract the contents of the zip file.
  • Open ArcMap, and click Geoprocessing > ArcToolbox.
  • Right-click the ArcToolbox window, and click Add Toolbox.

Arc Add Toolbox Menu

  • In the Add Toolbox window, click the Connect to Folder icon and navigate to the location of the toolbox. Select the GeoExpress.pyt file and click Open.The GeoExpress Toolbox appears in the ArcToolbox window.
  • Start using the GeoExpress Toolbox!
  • By default, the GeoExpress Toolbox creates MrSID Generation 4 files using lossless compression.

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