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Conefor Inputs

Last Modified:   Revision 1.0.218, April 9, 2016

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On-Line Manuals

(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Conefor Inputs Tool for ArcView 3.x  (284 KB)

 Conefor Inputs Tool for ArcGIS 9.x (3.3 MB)

Conefor Inputs Tool for ArcGIS 10.x (3.5 MB)

Manual in Letter (8.5 x 11) page size

Manual in A4 page size

Note:  This ArcGIS extension is a stand-alone tool that works independently of Conefor, but it is designed specifically to export data suitable for analysis in Conefor Sensinode 2.2.  Please visit the Conefor website at for more information.
Attention!  Tom Dilts of the Great Basin Ecology Lab has written a tool to bring Conefor outputs back into ArcMap.  To quote from Tom's text,

Visualizing outputs from Conefor in ArcMap involves several steps that can be tedious, and although ArcGIS extensions for importing GIS data into Conefor exist (Jenness 2011), no tools are available for exporting data to ArcMap. This tool fills that void by generating point shapefiles that show the centroids of patches, and line shapefiles that show varPC/dPC as well as the direct probability and maximum product probability of dispersal. From these shapefiles it is possible to make stick diagrams as an efficient way to display node and link importance in a habitat graph.


For additional Great Basin Landscape Ecology Lab tools from Tom Dilts and Jian Yang, see

Jeff Jenness

Wildlife Biologist, GIS Analyst

Jenness Enterprises

3020 N. Schevene Blvd.

Flagstaff, AZ, 86004   USA

(928) 607-4638 

This tool will calculate the distances between all features in one or more feature classes, optionally restricting the analysis to only features within a specified distance of each other.  Output options include a dBASE table with the number of features within the specified distance, a dBASE table listing the pairwise distances between each pair of features, and/or an ASCII text file listing the distances between each pair of features. 

These outputs may be useful for many types of analysis, but they have been specifically formatted to be used within the Conefor Sensinode Habitat Connectivity tools (see

Requires:  ArcGIS 9.1 or better (at any license level) or ArcGIS 10.x.

For detailed instructions on installation and operation, view the on-line PDF version of Conefor Inputs Manual.        


Version 1.0

bulletBuild 1.0.118 (July 24, 2008)
bulletAllow for batch processing of multiple feature layers.
bulletBuild 1.0.123 (November 10, 2010)
bulletAdded ArcGIS 10 Installer
bulletCorrected an intermittent bug that caused "Type Mismatch" error at line 86 of the "frmWithinDistance" form.
bulletBuild 1.0.133 (December 3, 2010)
bulletAdded options to calculate distances from feature centroids in addition to feature edges.
bulletBuild 1.0.146 (March 14, 2011)
bulletFixed a bug in which the tools were not registered correctly within ArcGIS 9.3.
bulletAdded additional ArcGIS 10 registration instructions to manual to handle Windows 7/Vista and Windows 32-bit/64-bit issues.
bulletBuild 1.0.150 (June 9, 2011)
bulletGeneral updates to error-checking code.
bulletBuild 1.0.162 (June 27, 2011)
bulletFix an error in which operations done by Spheroid and Spherical Centroid were using the centroids from only one of the features, and the edges to the other feature.
bulletWrote a workaround for an ArcGIS bug that triggers a crash in rare instances, producing an “Automation Error” message at line 456.
bulletModified some functions to increase processing speed.
bulletBuild 1.0.217 (November 18, 2012)
bulletAdded option to save connection lines.
bulletBuild 1.0.218 (April 9, 2016)
bulletModified tool to provide information and instructions if it finds the extension is not registered properly.

Enjoy! Please contact the author if you have problems or find bugs.

            Jeff Jenness                            

            Jenness Enterprises                

            3020 N. Schevene Blvd.                     (928) 607-4638

            Flagstaff, AZ  86004


Please visit Jenness Enterprises ArcGIS Tools site for more ArcGIS tools and other software by the author. We also offer GIS consultation services for both ArcGIS and ArcView 3.x to help you meet your specific data analysis and application development needs.