Exploring your selected layers

Explore the Elmore layers provided for this tutorial. Understanding the properties associated with each layer will help you to quickly navigate around the map.

  1. Tap the Table of Contents button. The layers you selected previously are listed, each with a check in the Visible check box and the Identify check box. The Edit check box is, by default, unchecked.

    Table of Contents


  2. You can change the order in which layers are drawn by tapping on the Move Up or Move Down arrow buttons. The layers at the bottom are drawn before the layers at the top. Move the Customers layer up so that it is drawn after and on top of the Road layer.
  3. Tap the Land Use layer to select it; the layer is highlighted in blue.

    Select land use layer

  4. Double-tap the Land Use layer or tap the Layer Properties button. The Layer Properties dialog box is displayed for the Land Use layer.

    The Information page is displayed first; you can see that the Title field has the name Land Use in it. This is also the title that is used to name the layers in the Table of Contents.

    Information page

  5. Tap the right arrow, then tap the Symbology tab to view the layer symbology. You can change symbology directly in the field using ArcPad or via the ArcPad Data Manager tools for ArcGIS Desktop. For more information about symbolization, see How Symbology works in ArcPad.

    Symbology page

  6. Tap the Attributes tab to see the fields associated with the Land Use layer. The USE_CODE field is displayed in red to indicate which field is being used to render the attribute base symbology. Later, you will change the values of these fields after you have inspected a plot of land.

    The I check box column indicates whether the layer has an index. If the check box for Geometry is checked, the layer has a spatial index. If the check box for a field is checked, an attribute index exists for the corresponding field. To add an index, check the Index check box for that attribute field.

    Attributes page

  7. Explore the additional tabs to learn more about the Land Use layer. Tap Ok when you are ready to return to the Table of Contents.
  8. Explore each of the layers that you will use to help you locate the land that needs to be fertilized.
  9. Tap the Legend tab in the Table of Contents. The Legend allows you to view and access the symbology properties for all the layers in your ArcPad map.
  10. Tap the +/- icon next to each layer to display/hide its symbology.

    Legend page

  11. Tap Ok in the Table of Contents when you are ready to return to your ArcPad map.
  12. On the Browse toolbar, tap the Zoom In button, then tap and drag a box around the area of the image file. The rest of the exercises are concentrated in the area of Elmore, northeast of the Railway station.

    Zoom in