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Problem: There are inconsistencies in the Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tutorial documentation

Description

At ArcGIS 9.0, there are minor inconsistencies between the Quick-start tutorial documentation in the Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst book and the software.

Exercise 1:

"Adding data to your ArcMap session" -- page 14
INCONSISTENCY:
The order of the layers added to the ArcMap session that is shown in the image is different in the software.
PROCEDURE:
Click elevation in the table of contents and drag it below landuse.

Exercise 2:

"Reclassifying slope" –- pages 28 - 29
INCONSISTENCY:
The ranges in the Old values column in the graphic of the Reclassify dialog box on pages 28 and 29 are different than those produced with the software.
PROCEDURE:
Continue with the exercise. The rest of the tutorial is not affected.

"Reclassifying landuse" –- page 34
INCONSISTENCY:
The order for the values in the Old values column in the graphic on page 34 does not reflect the order in the software.
PROCEDURE:
Continue with the exercise. Use caution when setting New values that each New value is set for the correct Old value.

"Weighting and combining datasets" –- page 38
INCONCSISTENCY:
The final result generated by the software is slightly different than the result displayed in the graphic.
PROCEDURE:
Continue with the exercise. The rest of the tutorial is not affected.

Exercise 3:

"Creating the source dataset" –- page 43, step 26.
INCONSISTENCY: The step states to "Click the Create new feature dropdown and click Create New Feature". This step should read "Click the Sketch tool".

"Reclassifying landuse" -– page 46
INCONSISTENCY:
The order for the values in the Old values column in the graphic does not reflect the order in the software.
PROCEDURE:
Continue with the exercise. Use caution when setting New values that each New value is set for the correct Old value.

"Performing cost weighted distance" –- page 49
INCONSISTENCY:
The cell size parameter displayed in the Cost Weighted graphic is no longer present in the software.
PROCEDURE:
Continue with the exercise. The rest of the tutorial is not affected.

"Labeling the roads" –- page 53
INCONSISTENCY:
The Labels tab is improved in the software. This is not reflected in the graphic.
PROCEDURE:
Continue with the exercise. The rest of the tutorial is not affected.

Cause

This tutorial was not updated at 9.0. At 9.1 there is a new tutorial available as a PDF.

Solution or Workaround

Follow the workarounds in the Description. The overall flow of the tutorial is not affected.

For ArcGIS 9.1 and versions thereafter use the updated Using_Spatial_Analyst_Tutorial.pdf in the ArcGIS_Extensions folder on the ESRI library CD. This tutorial teaches how to use ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tools through the Spatial Analyst toolbar, and also the Spatial Analyst toolbox, including building models to implement a workflow.