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    Robin Zhang
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    Default Where is the Generate tool in ArcGIS 10?

    I have a text file that contains X,Y coordinates. I hope to create lines using these coordinates. I used to use Generate. Is that tool still available in ArcGIS 10? If not, what is the shorted route to accomplish that without much editing in the text file? Thank you.

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    Default Re: Where is the Generate tool in ArcGIS 10?

    Try XY To Line tool under Data Management Tools > Features.

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    Thanks for the reply. It seems that tool creates lines that have only two points (start and end). My lines have multiple points. Is there another option?

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    Do your lines have a common ID that links each vertex to a particular line? You could try creating a point feature class with the make XY event layer tool and then using Points to Line.
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    Default Re: Where is the Generate tool in ArcGIS 10?

    You can try the Create Features From Text File in this Samples toolbox:
    http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/...0-04188EBD33A9
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    Many thanks for posting this link Dan

    I often rue the passing of GENERATE and UNGENERATE from ArcInfo Workstation and planned someday to write replacement Python scripts for them.

    It's great to see that Jason did this already - I only wish that I had found them sooner.

    I think Create Features from Text File and Write Features to Text File make great candidates for sharing via ArcGIS Online with tags that include "generate" and "ungenerate" respectively.

    Or alternatively vote for this ArcGIS Idea to try and have them restored as OOTB functionality.

    - Graeme
    Last edited by graeme; 05-17-2012 at 04:30 PM. Reason: Added link to ArcGIS Idea

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    Dan Lee

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    Default Re: Where is the Generate tool in ArcGIS 10?

    You are welcome, Graeme!

    Thanks for your comments and your post at the ArcGIS Ideas - good way to go! In fact, based on the large number of downloads of these two sample tools, we are looking into the possibility for the return of these two tools to the toolbox in a future release. So, stay tuned.
    Dan (Geoprocessing)

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    Default Re: Where is the Generate tool in ArcGIS 10?

    I'd like to thank you all for helping me out. I got it to work. Generate and Ungenerate had been very handy to me in the past. I would certainly welcome them back to future ArcGIS releases.

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    I hear all of you and will follow up. Thanks for voicing your requests.
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