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Drafting Tools for ArcGIS 9.

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Q: Can I create and edit features in my own layers? Q: Can I delete, copy and paste features?

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Q: Why does it ask me to save edits when I close the document? Q: How do I modify Feature Code values in the Drafting geodatabase?

Drafting Tools For ArcGIS 9.3 Frequently Asked Questions.

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Drafting Tools for ArcGIS 9.3


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Q: Can you describe the extension? A: Once installed, the extension presents a new toolbar to ArcMap users. The 'Drafting Tools' toolbar. This toolbar streamlines the editing experience for drafting professionals. The toolbar has a TIP panel that can optionally show detailed command descriptions and usage tips.

Behind the scenes, the storage, editing and display of primitive points, lines and polygons is intelligently managed. Users can commence drafting without needing to pre-create data, define coordinate system settings, set up layer properties, manage edit sessions, select target layers or specify edit tasks. Major Benefits: Automatic labeling of point numbers Can constrain edits to particular coordinates. Can ensure they are snapped to points, corners, edges or mid-points of other features. Can derive features (parallel, offset, tangent to, intersection, midpoint, bearing to) from others. Getting started takes just a few clicks of the mouse. Once users have mastered the drafting tools, migration to the standard ArcMap editing environment is far easier. The drafting toolbar is actually just an intelligent 'front end' to the standard editing tools and editing workflows in ArcMap. Users can complement the functionality of the Drafting Tools toolbar by using any other ArcMap commands they may already be familiar with. Suggestions, questions and bug reports are encouraged from all users.

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Q: Can I create and edit features in my own layers? For Advanced Users: A: Yes. On each menu there is a command to create a new point, arc, line or polygon layer. To edit features in your own layers, make the layer active in the Table of Contents: To Copy one or more features from and Paste then into another layer: 1) Select one or more features. 2) Right click, select Copy. 3) Change the Active Layer on the Editing toolbar to the layer you want the features to go to. 4) Right click, select Paste. Q: Can I delete, copy and paste features? A: Yes. Use the Edit Arrow to select one or more features, then right-click and select Copy, Paste or Delete from the menu: Note: Features can only be copied between matching layer types (Point, Line, Arc, Polygon), except Polygon features, which can be pasted into either Line or Polygon features.

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Q: Why does it ask me to save edits when I close the document? For Advanced Users: A: Although features are stored in the Drafting Geodatabase, they are all in memory until they are saved. This is so the tools can support undo and redo. To Copy one or more features from and Paste then into another layer: 1) Select one or more features. 2) Right click, select Copy. 3) Change the Active Layer on the Editing toolbar to the layer you want the features to go to. 4) Right click, select Paste. Note: Features can only be copied between matching layer types (Point, Line, Arc, Polygon), except Polygon features, which can be pasted into either Line or Polygon features.

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Q: How do I modify Feature Code values in the Drafting geodatabase? A: Feature Codes can be edited or deleted and new Feature Codes can be added. You can do this either for a single feature code, or for many feature codes. The Feature Codes table in the geodatbase is available if you want to batch update Feature codes. A: To add or edit a single Feature Code: 1) Right click on the geodatabase in ArcCatalog and select Properties from the context menu. For Advanced Users: 2) Activate the Domains tab and highlight the Feature_Codes domain. ArcToolbox has tools for converting domain lists to and from editable tables and for adding new domain Codes and Descriptions from within ArcMap. 3) To add, scroll to the bottom of the Coded Values list and enter a new Description and Code. TIP: Feature Codes allow for quick editing of points, lines and polygons with a logical meaning

4) To edit, find the Feature Code you want to edit and modify the Description or Code.

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