Defining new types of military features
Use the procedure below when you want to create your own military feature template instead of using templates provided for you in layer packages such as the MilitaryOverlay layer package. The procedure is the same for ArcMap and ArcGlobe; however, note the following special considerations for ArcGlobe:
- You create C2 military operations features differently in ArcGlobe than in ArcMap. For C2 military operations features, you must use simple symbology during editing.
- Labels can be draped or billboarded in ArcGlobe. For details, see Displaying feature labels in ArcGlobe.
- You can't edit draped features in ArcGlobe.
- Start ArcMap and open a map, or start ArcGlobe and open a globe.
- Check that you installed the military styles when you installed ArcGIS. If not, you can run the installation program again and choose to install military styles.
- Select the layer you want to add a feature template to in the table of contents.
- Follow the steps in Defining new types of features to create, but when you get to the step of editing your symbol, use the steps below to select the primary symbol (the symbol that makes up the frame and icon) and add your graphic modifiers.
- If you haven't already, click the Change Symbol button on the first panel of the Define New Feature Type wizard.
- In the Symbol Selector dialog box, select your primary symbol. You can find the symbol you want by typing its name into the text box near the top of the dialog box. For example, type airborne if you are creating an airborne infantry feature. You can type airborne f to filter the results to friendly airborne symbols (or airborne h for hostile, airborne c for civilian, and so on).
It is typically helpful to sort the symbols by category (air track, combat, and so on) when searching. To do this, click the drop-down arrow near the top of the dialog box, then click Group by Category.
- In the search results area, click to highlight the symbol you want.
- In the Current Symbol area, click the Edit Symbol button so that you can add any graphic modifiers you want to your primary symbol.
- In the Symbol Property Editor, click the Import Layers button .
- In the Symbol Selector dialog box, search for the modifier you want by typing its name in the text box near the top of the dialog box. For example, if you are creating an airborne infantry division, type division in the search text box. You may have to scroll down in the search results area to see the Graphic Modifier section. Another option is to type division modifier in the search text box.Note:
To see all modifiers, type modifier in the search text box. If you don't see the modifier you want after scrolling through the list, make sure the All Styles option under the search text box is selected.
You'll see multiple versions of the same modifier in the search results. This is because the same modifier is stored in multiple style files to allow you to turn off style files that you don't use.
- Click to highlight the modifier you want in the search results area, then click OK.
You'll see the modifier you just added in the preview area of the Symbol Property Editor dialog box.
- If you want to add more modifiers to the symbol, repeat steps 8 through 11 for each modifier you want to add.
- Click OK to close the Symbol Property Editor dialog box.
- Click OK to close the Symbol Selector dialog box.
- In the Define New Feature Type panel of the wizard, type a name for the feature type you created in the Name text box, then click Next.
- In the Define a new category by entering a unique value panel, type the values you want, then click Next.
- In the Set the default attribute values for the new feature panel, specify attributes that reflect the graphic modifiers you added. For example, if you added a division graphic modifier, set its echelon to division (click the value field to the right of the Echelon field to enable a drop-down menu, then click the drop-down menu to select Division).
The attribute values you specify in this step will be the default values used in all features based on this feature template.
- When you are finished setting attributes for the new feature, click Finish to close the wizard.
ArcMap adds the new symbol to the table of contents and the renderer list on the Symbology tab of the Layer Properties dialog box and creates a new feature template in the Create Features window. If you want to set additional options for the new feature template, open its properties from the Create Features window. You are now ready to create features representing that new type.
You are now ready to share your work using one of the many ways ArcGIS lets you publish and share your maps or individual layers. For example, you can now publish the map as a feature service. Or you can create (save) a layer package and send it to others or make it available on your organization's network or on ArcGIS.com. ArcGIS.com lets you create user groups and control who sees which maps you post there.