Comparison of ArcView 3.x and ArcView 8.x by D7OzTt

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									         Brief Comparison of
       ArcView 3.x and ArcView
                 8.x

                            Paige Baldassaro
                   Geospatial Applications Designer
                    Geospatial Extension Program
                    Saturday, September 15, 2012


http://www.cnr.vt.edu/gep                             pmb@vt.edu
Geospatial Extension Program
   Partnership with the Virginia Space
    Grant Consortium and Virginia
    Cooperative Extension
   Mission
    • To facilitate the dissemination and to support
      the appropriate applications of geospatial
      tools at the local, regional, and state levels
      through a systematic and coordinated
      approach.
Key Features
   Same basic functionality as 3.x
   Separate software modules for organizing
    files (ArcCatalog), accessing tools
    (ArcToolbox) and working with data (ArcMap)
   “Projection-on-the-Fly”
   Direct GPS upload for certain GPS units via
    third party modules (GPSi)
   Direct read of more data formats
   Can import 3.x project files and legend files
Drawbacks of 8.x
   Completely different interface
   3 pieces of software to learn
   Feature overload (common with
    commercial software packages, i.e.
    Microsoft® Word)
   Old scripting language not supported
   Expensive
    • $1,500 v’s $1,195 (commercial price)
Terminology
   Project files (*.apr) become map
    documents (*.mxd)
   Projects become maps
   Views become data frames
    • This particular terminology is most confusing
Interface
   No more project window
   Table of Contents
    • Display view
    • Source view
   Map Display
   Toolbars
Extensions
   Many extensions are now included
    directly into ArcMap
    • Originally separated due to hardware
        limitations
    •   Provides the direct read of many data formats
        discussed previously
    •   Located in Tools → Extensions
Importing
   Simple to do, but it has been known to
    cause problems.
    • Primarily, can’t import all 3.x views
   Import 3.x project files (*.apr)
   Import 3.x legend files (*.avl)
Specific Annoying Things You
Can’t do in 8.x
   Alter the path names in the project file
   Save multiple views
   Easily export a legend file
   Layouts don’t automatically have all the
    information entered
How to Get Around the Project
File Problem
   Modifying the project file’s path names in
    ArcView 3.x was annoying in itself.
   ArcMap allows the storing of relative
    path names, which alleviates some of
    this problem.
   Use “Set Data Source” to find lost layers
    or simply remove and re-add the lost
    layer.
How to Get Around the Legend
Problem
   Can import legends from old 3.x legend
    files or 8.x layers.
    • Layer files (*.lyr) save all settings
    • Sample scripts for raster data
How to Get Around the Multiple
View Problem
   Spatial Bookmarks
    • Can’t choose which layers are visible for each
        bookmark
    •   Can use visible extents
   Layout Manager
    • Difficult to setup, but easy to use once you do
How to Get Around the Layout
Elements Problem
   Have to add each element to a layout
   Save one layout as a template to use for
    other layouts if applicable
A Useful Resource
   Getting to Know
    ArcGIS Desktop:
    The Basics of
    ArcView, ArcEditor,
    and ArcInfo
    •   Getting to Know
        series
    •   Includes a “Getting
        to Know ArcView GIS
        3.x”
Alternative software
   ArcReader & ArcExplorer
    • Limited use
    • No cost
ArcReader
   Allows anyone to view, explore, and print
    published map files (PMFs).
   Designed for viewing and sharing maps
    that access a wide variety of dynamic
    geographic data (from ESRI’s Website)
   Data exploration is limited.
   Still need at least one copy of ArcView
    (plus and extension) to create the maps.
ArcExplorer
   Lightweight GIS data viewer developed by
    ESRI.
   Easy way to perform basic GIS functions:
    display, query, and data retrieval applications
   Supports a wide variety of standard data
    sources (from ESRI’s Website).
   Included on your CD
    •   ArcExplorer_401java_JRE.zip
Any Questions?
         http://www.cnr.vt.edu/gep
    John McGee            Paige Baldassaro
 Geospatial Extension    Geospatial Applications
       Specialist              Developer
  210E Cheatham Hall      216D Cheatham Hall
      Virginia Tech           Virginia Tech
 Blacksburg, VA, 24061   Blacksburg, VA, 24061
     jmcg@vt.edu              pmb@vt.edu
     540-231-2428            540-231-5525

								
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