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Ever wonder how long your Desktop application takes to render mapped features on a layer to layer basis? Or have you ever needed to know the time it takes to edit mapped features from a particular edit version?
There are several differences between the ArcGIS 9.x environment and editing in version 10. These changes include a new ‘Create Features’ window, a redesigned editor toolbar, a new snapping interface, new edit sketch properties and attribute windows, new geodatabase topology rules, an editing geoprocessing toolbox, and new parcel editing functionality. This blog post provides an overview of the new Editing and Snapping interfaces and explains how to revert to the ‘Classic’ 9.x interfaces.
In ArcGIS 10, the new editing environment allows the use of feature templates and includes a new ‘Create Features’ window that appears on the right-hand side of the ArcMap window. This window provides a streamlined editing experience and allows users to interactively define the types of features to be created. There are some situations where features will not be added to the ‘Create Features’ window. Layers that are not visible in the table of contents, that are beyond the visible scale range, or that do not satisfy a definition query will not show up in this window. This is further explained in the Best Practices for Using Feature Templates section of ArcGIS Desktop 10 Web Help.
As with any new functionality, this new way of editing may take some getting used to. The good news is that there is a way to revert to the editing environment used in previous versions of ArcGIS. The following is a brief overview on how to switch the editing and snapping features in ArcGIS 10 to the ‘Classic’ version 9.x format.
- Close ArcMap and ArcCatalog. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the ArcGIS folder, which is located at ‘C:Program FilesArcGIS’ or ‘C:Program Files (x86)ArcGIS’ (on 64-bit machines).
- In the ArcGIS folder, go to Desktop 10.0UtilitiesAdvancedArcMapSettings.exe. Double-click on AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe.
- In the AdvancedArcMapSettings window, go to the Editor tab and uncheck ‘Create features using templates’ as indicated below.
- Click ‘Apply’ and the close the window.
- Start ArcMap 10. The editor toolbar now appears in the ArcMap 9.x format.
See figure 2 and 3 below for a comparison between the editing environment in ArcGIS 10 and 9.x.
In ArcGIS 10, the snapping interface has changed significantly. The new ‘Snapping’ toolbar in ArcGIS 10 can be turned on or off for certain types of features including points, endpoints, vertices, and edges. At certain times, it may be beneficial to revert to the ‘Classic’ Snapping Environment from previous versions of ArcGIS, so that snapping can be turned on and off for individual layers.
To Revert to the ‘Classic’ Snapping Environment:
- In ArcMap, start an editing session.
- In the Editor Toolbar, click ‘Options’ in the editor menu.
- Under the General tab, check ‘Use classic snapping’ as indicated below.
- Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’.
- Point to ‘Snapping’ in the Editor menu and click ‘Snapping Window’. The ‘Snapping Window’, entitled ‘Snapping Environment’, appears on the right-hand side of the ArcMap window.
- In the ‘Snapping Window’, click the vertex, edge, and end boxes for the layers you want to snap.
- Check the boxes located at the bottom of the ‘Snapping Environment’ window to enable snapping to either ‘Edit Sketch’ or ‘Topology Elements’.
- Once the layers you wish to snap are selected in the ‘Snapping Environment’ window, it can be closed or kept open while working. Any settings that have been changed are saved automatically.
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David C. and Jake P., ArcGIS Desktop Support Analysts – Esri Support Services, Charlotte, NC
Editing in ArcGIS 10: Why can’t I see my layer in the Create Features window?
Hello, this is Cassandra bringing you another blog post about a common question ArcGIS 10 users may have when learning the new editing interface in ArcMap – I certainly did!
When you start editing either a saved map document or a brand new map, ArcMap checks to see if you have any existing feature templates in the map. If no templates are found, ArcMap automatically creates them to help you get started adding features. If you have layers from several different geodatabases or folders of shapefiles in a data frame or multiple data frames in a map document, ArcMap creates templates the first time you start editing in each workspace or data frame if there are no existing templates.
However, if you later add more layers to the map, they may not appear in the Create Features window during the edit session. Take a look at the following example:
I performed some editing on the States layer, and then later added the roads layer to my map. As all of these layers are shapefiles stored in the same folder, I assumed when I started a second edit session that I would see all of the shapefiles in the Create Features window – but my roads layer is missing.
This is because once templates are created the first time you start editing, they are not added automatically after that. You need to create the templates yourself for layers subsequently added to the map. This allows you to control the creation of templates and avoid cluttering the list of templates with templates for layers that may not be used for editing.
See the following ArcGIS Desktop 10 help topics for more information:
Cassandra L. – Desktop Support Analyst