Charlie Frye

I am Chief Cartographer at Esri, and manage the Cartographic Projects Group on the Content Team. I have been with Esri in Software Products since 1994. I am currently the author of Esri's Ecological Land Unit services, global ecological content, and the World Population Estimate Services. Contact me at with questions or feedback.

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Quick & dirty method & tips for creating building footprint features

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer From time to time we've had to create some building footprint data. A colleague was in my off...

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Some best practices for working with DEMs

Most of us use digital elevation models (DEMs) which are raster data sets that represent a continuous elevation surface in which each cell

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How to scatter stacked or clustered marker symbols for point features

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer One of the most frequently recurring topics on Mapping Center is what to do with stacks or cl...

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Maplex: Leader lines and labels for small polygons

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer Whether you’re labeling soils, buildings, geologic units, lakes, or parks; you’ll eventua...

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Migrating Illustrator files (.ai) to ArcGIS

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to the USGS’s Digital Mapping Techniques (DMT) conference.

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Symbolizing rivers and streams with proportional symbols

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer Last week we received an interesting question on Ask a Cartographer about how to create taper...

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Can you read me now?

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer Text and imagery have had an uneasy relationship since the day they met. Satellite imagery an...

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Showing parcel hooks/ties with representation symbology

Is there a way to create parcel hooks with ArcGIS 9.2?

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Python script tool for selecting polygons for maps at smaller scales

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer Which are the 30 or 500 most important of Minnesota’s famous 10,000 lakes?  Next, think ab...

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