Creating a new photo layer

ArcPad supports photo layers. A photo layer is a file that contains photos with GPS coordinates in the EXIF header of each photo file. The photo layer file, which has an .APH extension, specifies how the photo layer should be displayed in ArcPad.

The Identify and Hyperlink tools can be used with the photo layer.


Changing the symbol and label settings for the photo layer: A photo layer is an XML file, with an .APH extension, that can be edited with a text editor. You can specify the symbol used to display the location of the photos by editing the .APH file. You can also specify whether or not the symbol is labeled with the photo filename.


Visit for more information on EXIF, the Exchangeable Image File Format.

  1. On the Main toolbar, tap the Open Map dropdown menu.
  2. Tap New to open the New sub-menu.
  3. Tap Photo Layer. The Save As dialog box will be displayed.
  4. Enter the name for your new photo layer in the Name input field.
  5. Tap the Folder dropdown list to select the folder on your device which contains the photos for your photo layer.


  6. Tap Save when you have entered all the necessary information.

    The new photo layer will be added and displayed on the map. By default, a camera symbol is used for each photo position, and is labeled with the photo file name, as shown below.


    Optionally use the Identify tool to select a photo and view the photo’s attributes in the Feature Information dialog box.