Change default extent on the Watershed tool, density tools, and distance tools

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05-13-2019 01:02 PM
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ThomasDilts
Occasional Contributor III

In general, intersection of inputs is the default extent for all tools.  There are many tools involving points where this leads to truncated output.  In these cases it would be more appropriate to have the default extent switch to something larger.  In the case of the Watershed tool it should be the Flow Direction.  For distance and density tools it is less clearcut, but it would make sense to buffer the points by a percentage of the extent or a fixed distance or something similar so that the user doesn't end up with truncated datasets.  This could even be added as parameter in the tool overwriting the default extent.

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KoryKramer

I believe what you're requesting should already be in place for the Distance tools: https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/spatial-analyst/analytics/whats-new-for-spatial-analyst-an...

This is what you'd like to see expanded across other tools that have a similar workflow, correct?

ThomasDilts

Hi Kory,

I didn't realize that this had been implemented in 10.6.1.  It would be extremely useful to change some of the default extent settings for the other tools, watershed in particular.  Thanks