The ArcPad Team Blog

Unofficial stuff from the team behind the World's leading mobile GIS platform

Friday, February 29, 2008

ArcPad Team Welcomes New Member - Stuart !

After many years working in the field with ArcPad, Stuart Cassin has joined the development / testing team at Maptel. Stuart brings to the team his complete overview of the project experience dealing with workflows from the establishment of a project, management of the field components to the storage, handling, review and analysis of captured results.

Stuart has many outside interests including Surf Life Saving, Motorcycling , music, film and sports. Welcome Stuart!


Latest versions of Software / Firmware related to ArcPad as of: FEB 2008

OrganisationSoftware / FirmwareCurrent Version No
ESRIArcPad Application Builder7.1
MicrosoftActive Sync4.5
TrimbleGeoExplorer 2005 Series GPS Firmware1.82
TrimbleGeoExplorer 2005 Series OS Firmware5.1.16
TrimbleGeoExplorer 2003 Series OS and GPS Firmware2.00.02
TrimbleGPS Correct2.30
TrimbleGPS Analyst2.10
MagellanMobile Mapper CE OS Firmware2.91
MagellanMobile Mapper CE GPS FirmwareE032
MagellanMobile Mapper Pro
MagellanMobile Mapper CX OS Firmware5.18

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Preparing your data for use with ArcPad 7.1

The AXF was introduced to ArcPad in direct response to users wanting the rules and structure that a relational database provides, in the field. One of the key motivations of using mobile GIS in the first place, is improving data quality. Consequently, successful creation of AXF’s is reliant upon using validated geodatabase layers. Records that do not conform to rules defined in the geodatabase, will not be created in the AXF.

If the AXF’s that you create do not contain the data that you expect:
  • Ensure that all records in your geodatabase layers are valid (Enable editing, select all features and click ‘Validate’ on the edit menu)
  • Ensure blank values do not appear in columns that have a domain (if NULL is not a valid option in the domain)

For optimum performance in ArcPad, use subtypes and domains in your data to enforce data integrity. ArcPad 7.1 automatically detects and formats the following:
  • subtypes and coded value domains as combo boxes
  • date fields with a date picker
  • range value domains are honoured so no value outside of the defined range can be entered in the field

For more information on defining subtypes and domains refer the ArcGIS Help. Two particularly useful references are:

Validation is an ArcGIS Desktop process, and it is an important step in ensuring the success of your mobile GIS project. For more information refer to the “Validation Rules” section in ArcGIS Help Online.