What’s New in Editing at ArcGIS Desktop 10

I have just gone through materials for ESRI What’s New in Editing at ArcGIS Desktop 10 course. The course is short, but contains plenty of useful information that those users who have just upgraded to ArcGIS 10 will surely be interested in. It covers such topics as new editing workflow, which is based now on feature templates and modifying features’ geometry by using pre-10 feature construction tools as well as newly added tools. The course touches upon the use of topology per se and introduces 6 newly added to ArcGIS topology rules. Finally, one can get a fairly good understanding of using parcel fabrics in ArcGIS 10, which is a very efficient way to edit and maintain parcel data.

Further resources:

What’s new in ArcGIS 10

What’s new in ArcGIS Desktop 10

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Blog

After browsing through topics related to the user experience in ArcGIS 10 on ESRI forums, I thought I could summarize some of the new features that are mentioned by many users. They are as below:

Q: When working on the construction of a feature, a mini toolbar Feature Construction follows me wherever I move the mouse cursor while digitizing a feature.

A: You have some alternatives here (the same applies to Edit vertices mini toolbar too):

a) You can move the mini toolbar a bit by pressing the Tab key.

b) You can press the Shift-Tab key combination in order to temporarily hide the mini toolbar.

c) You can switch off using mini toolbars from the Editor toolbar > Options > General tab > Show mini toolbars.

Q: Where has the Set Selectable Layers from the Selection menu option gone?

A: You can still use this option which is accessible now via the Customize menu. Go to the Customize > Customize Mode > Commands tab. Under the Selection category, you will find Set Selectable Layers command, which you can drag and drop into the Selection main menu in ArcMap.

Q: Where has the Annotation toolbar gone?

A: In ArcGIS 10, all the construction tools used for managing annotations are available in the Create Features window. Now one gets access to the Annotation Construction mini toolbar for working with annotation features.

I want users to pay attention to another simple, yet very useful, feature when working with geoprocessing in ArcMap. Using geoprocessing tools that do not produce any output feature classes implies that all changes are applying directly to the underlying feature layer. In this case, before running a geoprocessing tool you might like to start an edit session, so that you can undo the edits applied if required.

When digitizing a feature via using the Trace tool, keep in mind that you can use an offset which you can set up from the Trace options dialog box. Offsets can be both negative and positive numbers which would stipulate on which side of the traced feature the newly created feature will be located.

When having a feature selected on the map, you will notice the Selection Chip button that will appear near the selected feature. By clicking this button, you can discover what other features this feature is coincident with.

I have noticed too that a lot of users do not consider using the Topology toolbar, as they thing that it is used merely for checking the features’ geometries relationships and consistency. The Topology toolbar is a great timesaver when editing or constructing new features. Please have a go at using this toolbar, you’ll love it!

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