Tag: Editing

Aligning features in ArcGIS 10.1: Moving topology edges


Note: You can view this post as a video: Moving topology edges. In my previous post, I created a map topology on my Mammoth Cave dataset so I could simultaneously edit the features that share edges with other features. Now … Continue reading

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Aligning features in ArcGIS 10.1: Creating a map topology


Note: You can view this post as a video: Creating a map topology. Aligning features and editing coincident geometry is easier with ArcGIS 10.1. In a series of posts, I will be highlighting some of the new tools available to update features … Continue reading

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Snapping to features in basemap layers and feature services


ArcGIS 10.1 provides options for you to choose whether to snap to features in basemap layers and feature service layers when working in ArcMap. Previously, snapping was always enabled for all available layers, which caused performance to decrease in some … Continue reading

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Changes to the Feature Construction toolbar in ArcGIS 10.1


In ArcGIS 10.1, the Feature Construction toolbar is turned off by default and no longer appears automatically while sketching during an edit session. However, you can display it on demand by pressing the TAB key. For example, to create a parallel segment, … Continue reading

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Esri UC highlights for data editors

For those of you who are data editors and are attending the 2012 User Conference, here’s a tip sheet on some of the sessions and resources you might want to check out while in San Diego. UC is a great opportunity for you to talk to and learn directly from the folks at Esri who actually design and build the software. Here are a few places you can find us. Continue reading

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Enhancements to creating features with templates in ArcGIS 10.1

Feature templates streamline adding features to a map and were introduced in ArcGIS 10. While the workflow for creating features using templates has not changed in ArcGIS 10.1, several focused improvements make templates simpler to use and address the most common areas of confusion when working with them. ArcGIS 10.1 creates feature templates automatically on a layer-by-layer basis, provides more guidance on the Create Features window when feature templates are not displayed, and includes other enhancements that increase productivity.

I am editing a map containing data from Zion National Park, including layers representing watersheds, streams, roads, and a variety of other features in the park. As I use this map, I encounter some of these enhancements to feature templates, making it easier for me to create features.

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Using Product Library to Store Editing Business Rules

In a previous blog, A Spatially Enabled Document Management System, I provided a basic overview of Esri Production Mapping’s product library. Now, the next step is to start thinking about the ways in which you could implement product library in your organization. So first, I’d like to focus on the types of editing business rules that can be stored and managed in product library.

“Business rules” is a term we use to refer to the logic you build into Production Mapping to ensure the data and maps produced meet the specifications of your organization or industry. Some of the common types of business rules apply to data validation, symbology, attribute display, and surround elements. The behavior of many tools can be customized in Production Mapping based on how you build your business rules. For example, when editing feature attributes you can validate them against rules you pre-define using Production Mapping. This ensures that only valid data is entered into your GIS. In the following sections we will discuss the types of editing business rules that can be configured with Production Mapping and managed in product library.

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Editing related records rapidly

The Attributes window allows me to edit the attribute values of selected features and any related features or records in a stand-alone table. In a previous post, I wrote about the enhancements to the Attributes window in ArcGIS 10 and talked about shortcuts for updating the attribute values of features. Now, I am going to focus on using the Attributes window to edit related records, which are linked to a feature class through a geodatabase relationship class. To edit related records, an ArcGIS for Desktop Standard (ArcEditor) or ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (ArcInfo) license is required.

I have a stand-alone table of landowner information that is related to a parcels feature class. Due to some recent property sales, I need to update the attribute values for the landowner names and percentages owned for some of the parcels. I first select the parcels on the map so the features are listed in the Attributes window. Since the landowner table is related through a relationship class, I can edit the table’s landowner information and establish and remove relationships among parcels and owners in the Attributes window. I can click the Parcels layer name and click the Expand All Relationships In Branch button at the top of the window to show all the nodes in the attributes tree. It’s best to use this on a small set of features since expanding all these relationships could take some time otherwise.

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Best practices for using layer definition queries while creating features

ArcGIS 10 introduced the concept of editing with feature templates, which define a new feature’s symbology and default attribute values, among other properties. Anytime I want to add a feature, I use the Create Features window, which displays a list of available feature templates and tools for creating new features.

Sometimes, though, I do not see the template I want to use in the Create Features window. This could be because there are no templates for the layer, but it could also be that the template exists but is being filtered out of the Create Features window. The underlying philosophy for determining whether ArcMap shows a feature template is that new features created with the template must be visible after creation. Therefore, templates are hidden whenever new features would immediately disappear and not be displayed on the map.

While a layer being turned off is one of the more obvious reasons why feature templates are not shown on the Create Features window, layer definition queries can be subtle causes. A definition query displays only the subset of features that match an attribute query defined on the Layer Properties dialog box; the remaining features are not drawn on the map or shown in the attributes table.

This post provides an overview of and best practices for the use of definition queries while creating features.

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Update to Campus Maps and Apps

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