To transfer a map and the data within it from one person to another, most people prefer to use map packages. These are an easy way for colleagues to send each other data or even transfer information from one company to the other. Unpacking the packages is also quite easy through the extraction of the files. Map packages are a relatively new trend in the market, and most people have questions about how the system works. Here is a little information that will help you understand them better.
Transfer of an Entire Map
Many professionals have become used to sharing a map in bits and pieces. Usually, parts of a map are sent in the form of layers and their layer packages. However, map packages can allow someone to share an entire map with other people. This feature makes map packaging very attractive to most professionals because it saves them the trouble of sending small sections at a time. As well as sharing the maps, the packages also allow a professional to create archives for the same.
Once the map is shared, the images that will be displayed include the photos added as data and also those logos or photos that may be added to the layout. However, if the images already exist in the ArcSDE, they could be referenced instead of being displayed again. Therefore, when compiling the layers within the different parts of the map, it should be straightforward for you to integrate pictures and also attach your company’s logo.
It is essential to know what extent of data you can put in your map packages to ensure that you are taking full advantage of the situation. For a map containing features, the extent parameters are used to regulate the features that will be packaged. In raster layers, the parameters determine the raster datasets. Only uncompressed raster datasets are clipped.