Get user input text in arcpy

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06-07-2012 11:12 AM
WilliamIde
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I want to ask the user what name to give to a report.  I could use Tkinter to do this but it seem there should be something in arcpy to do it.   Just pop up a little dialog ask for some text and return that text as a string.  Is there something like that?

Thanks.
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NobbirAhmed
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Use raw_input to get user input in command line:

in_txt = raw_input('Enter your value :')

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JoelCalhoun
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You could easily do that in a script tool, but I'm not sure of your workflow.


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NobbirAhmed
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Use raw_input to get user input in command line:

in_txt = raw_input('Enter your value :')
WilliamIde
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To be clear.  I want a dialog by that pops up and asked the user to enter some text and press OK.   Then I return the the main program and use the text create a report heading.  raw_input gave me an error "EOF found while reading."
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JasonScheirer
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This isn't supported from ArcMap directly, the way for Python to interact with the user in the desktop environment is through GP tool dialogs. That is, write it as a script tool with the report name as a parameter.
NobbirAhmed
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If you really want a pop-up dialog you can create a script tool. For your convenience I'm attaching a python script tool as a zip file.

When unzipped, you'll see following files there:

PopUp.tbx - a toolbox containing a script too and a Model.
pop_up_script - the source script of the tool.
calling_script - how to call the tool from another stand-alone script.
python_window.txt - how to call the tool from Python window.

In ArcMap, browse to the location of the toolbox (unzipped folder). From the toolbox open the script tool - whatever text value you enter will be returned as a text. For this particular tool, it changes all character to upper case and returns it. If you need help - start here:

http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#/A_quick_tour_of_creating_script_tools/...
lego8126
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Dear NobiirAhmer

I m workin with arcgis 10.7. I am trying to use your application.

I run  arcpy.ImportToolbox(r"C:\0voltmp\PopUp.tbx") and works fine, the tool is imported but

when I run result = arcpy.PopupInputBox_popup("A message from popup box") no window pop up. Se picture below

can you help me. I dont kno why it not work. Thank you

Gabriel

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WilliamIde
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I didn't get the zip file.
NobbirAhmed
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Sorry - here it is.
WilliamIde
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Ok I got the Zip file and am working with it.

I still can't get it to work.

In the code of calling_script.py  (I change to path to where I have it.)

You have:

try:
    arcpy.ImportToolbox(r"D:\Myprojects\Arcscripts\POPUP\PopUp.tbx")
    result = arcpy.PopupInputBox_popup("A message from Popupbox")

the "PopupInputBox_popup" is not resolved and the script won't run.  Also the test model has a Red "X" in it and won't run.

What now.

This is much harder that using Tkinter.
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