It’s 3.32 pm and you’re in the middle of finishing a map for a 4pm deadline. You’re editing your newly created features and suddenly you come to the realisation that you’ve clicked your mouse 8 times for one simple move. You pause, breathe deeply and wonder ‘there must be an easier way to do this’…
There certainly is! And the first thing on a Friday morning was certainly the time to be introduced to the tactics and strategies for preparing your maps and data for easier management, and time saving editing capabilities.
We were one of the first pair up; discussing the best practices for ‘pre-map creation’ data management and editing techniques. The key to ensuring you get the best out of your editing experience is knowing what’s going on behind the scenes. We discussed knowing your editing background, including editable data sources and feature classes, as well as the new feature at version 10.1 editor tracking, which allows you to track your features, when they were created and by whom. Aside from the editing background, preparing your map for editing was our next topic. This included geodatabase set up for your project, basemap layer optimisation, layer and map properties setup for publishing purposes, and feature template basics for current and future use.
Now that the editing background and map had been prepared, we jumped right into creating new features. The main fundamentals to this include editing options; snap options; editor and feature construction toolbars; and the keyboard shortcuts (easily switch across any ArcMap tools).
Next we discussed editing existing features and aligning coincident features, a new form of editing available at version 10.1. Key features include aligning data to a shape you trace, replacing a feature’s geometry with an entirely new shape on the Advanced Editing toolbar, editing coincident features using topology (again a key feature being the Topology toolbar) alongside 5 other new features.
To wrap up our session, we touched on a few of our favourite new features at version 10.2, including new mapping compatibility, conversion tools and ArcGIS Online connectivity management!
All in all, we summarised the tactics, toolbars and techniques for best practises into a 45 minute exposition, and had a few moments to touch on a few key features at version 10.2, that will help streamline processes even further.