Add "DROPLINE" like functionality to ArcMap

06-14-2010 09:59 AM
Status: Open
New Contributor III

It would be nice to have the option to drop the lines between polygons that have the same values for a specified field.  This functionality used to be available in ArcPlot  as the DROPLINE command and was widely used as a way to avoid creating a new dataset with the dissolve command.

There is currently a workaround available in ArcMap that is about 18 steps and only works in certain situations.  I'm sure the programming wizards at ESRI could provide a simple 2 step solution for this problem.  Just add an option to Features on the Symbology tab that allows you to select a field from a dropdown list.  ArcMap could then dissolve on-the-fly the lines between the polygons with matching attribute values.

sounds like a  fine idea
I send in an enhancement request a couple years ago on this one.  It is one of many things (functionality)  from ArcInfo workstation (ArcPlot) that still hasn't been added to ArcGIS.  It should be as easy as cartes outlines above.