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Learning ArcGIS Geodatabases by Hussein Nasser

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Using the model builder

Besides Python scripting, the model builder is a nice way to aggregate multiple geoprocessing tools without the need to have programming skills. If you found it difficult to write Python scripts, you can always use the model builder to create interesting models. In this section, we will use the model builder to build a sample model to create a file geodatabase and a feature class.

Creating a model

You can create a model from either ArcMap or ArcCatalog. To create a model, perform the following steps:

  1. Create a folder in the c:\gdb folder and name it myTools.
  2. Open ArcCatalog, point the cursor to the Geoprocessing menu, and then click on ModelBuilder.

    Note

    You can also use ArcMap to work with ArcToolbox.

  3. Bring up the ArcToolbox

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