Map Editing and Finishing Tools

Intuitive, easy to use editing tools provide high-quality map finishing. Map features can be collected and modified using a layer-based editing environment. You can sketch, design, and finish all with a wide variety of construction and advanced editing tools. Representations provide an additional level of control over the appearance of features, and allow you to apply the more artistic requirements of map finishing. Using representations, you can override both the symbology and geometry through rules and interactive editing tools, for freedom refining the visualization of any feature and manipulate the graphic elements that enhance the communication of the map.

Layer Based Editing

Layer based editing makes it possible to collect and modify features using pre-attributed and pre-symbolized features using a complete set of interactive data editing and compilation tools. Features can be constructed quickly and easily while maintaining the integrity of your data.

  • Feature Template based editing
  • Promote most commonly used functions to more readily available popup toolbars
  • Increase editing efficencies
  • Simplified snapping environment
  • Filter, highlight and flag attribute fields

Working with Representations

Any symbolized feature layer can be converted to a cartographic representation. Representations store additional information about symbol properties in the geodatabase and allow modification on a feature-by-feature basis while preserving topological integrity. You can adjust patterns to fit the geometry and vary the shape and positioning to fit the particular map scale.

Representation rules that define how the feature geometry will be rendered are specified for each component of each symbol layer. For example, you can manipulate complex highway symbols by offsetting all layers of a line symbol or by setting patterns for individual layers, and so forth. You can control how different layers interact with other symbol layers as they are rendered by using levels and masking. More typical graphics options are used to specify parameters to:

  • Control visibility
  • Clear overrides
  • Convert to free representation
  • Modify vertex, Bezier curves, and control points.
  • Warp, stretch, move parallel
  • Erase, mask
  • Rotate, orient
  • Resize, move, offset

Graphic Effects

In addition to the standard drawing and layout tools, more graphics and effects tools are needed to help cartographers with interactive map editing and detailed finishing tasks within the mapping environment. Mapmakers need the ability to easily manipulate feature layers with keyboard shortcuts and see into the depths of their active map layers using layer tools such as transparency and swipe.

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