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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Export Photo Layer Tool

I noticed that the question of exporting photo layers came up in the recent training seminar, and is also on the Ideas portal. Time to revisit a tool that's actually been in the ArcPad installation since ArcPad 7 - Export Photo Layers to shapefiles. Is it an applet? Is it a tool? Is it a sample? Umm... (all of the above?). This lack of classification probably explains why it seems to have been missed in the various forms of documentation and discussion (Also the fact that there's very little to explain about it, other than its existence). How bout i make up for it right now?

In the ArcPad installation folder you will find a sub folder called \Tools\. In here are three files: PhotoLayerTools.apa, PhotoLayerTools.ico and ExportPhotoLayer.ico. Copy these files to your preferred applet folder (eg: C:\Users\Public\Documents\ArcPad\Applets) and start using the applet in ArcPad.

The applet functionality is very basic:
  1. open a photo layer in ArcPad
  2. tap the Export PhotoLayer button
  3. select the photo layer from the dialog, and tap the Export PhotoLayer button.
When complete you will have a shapefile in your pictures folder, that you can use in other applications. Done.


  • At Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:59:00 am, Blogger carrierk said…

    I have noticed that when specifying a photo field in a shapefile, when checking back in the photos are not exported from the handheld to the desktop as expected. Moreover, the photo field is not recognized on checkout even with name photo, picture, image. Why is the checkout not recognizing my photo field. Am I missing something?

  • At Monday, May 02, 2011 5:12:00 pm, Blogger Marika said…

    In no circumstances, do photos automatically export from a handheld to desktop. Some users have built custom solutions to do this but it is not default.

    When you say you are specifying a photo field in a shapefile - is this within ArcMap or ArcPad? If in ArcMap, during the Get Data for ArcPad wizard, even with shapefiles, you can define which field will be used for your photos. When you then open the layer in ArcPad, the selected field is the only one displayed on the picture tab of the feature properties dialog.

    This kind of question is really best suited to Esri Tech Support, where you can step through your work flow together with someone.

  • At Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:02:00 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    I want my ArcPad.aph to be added on open map from the default photos folder... is this possible?

  • At Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:45:00 pm, Blogger Gareth Walters said…

    In the customizing ArcPad help documentation you will find an example attached to the AddLayerFromFile method.

    To get it to work you can the fiter to .aph

    Or you can "hard code" the file name.


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