Getting a local copy of a product

There may be times when you want to view or edit a product, template, or even a file outside the product library. Getting a local copy allows you to have a copy of the files on a local machine without having an exclusive lock to allow others to make changes to the file. However, any change you make to a local copy of a template or product is not tracked in the product library.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. If necessary, open the Product Library window by clicking Customize > Production > Product Library on the main menu.

    A tree view of the product library appears.

    Product library tree
  3. Navigate to the product from which you want to get a local copy.
  4. Right-click the product and click Get Local Copy Product.

    The Get Local Copy Product dialog box appears.

    Get Local Copy Product dialog box

    If you have previously browsed to a directory, the dialog box contains the path you specified. If you have not browsed to a directory before, the dialog box is blank.

  5. Click the ellipsis (...) next to the Output Location field.

    The Browse For Folder dialog box appears.

  6. Navigate to the directory where you want to save the local copy.
  7. Click OK.

    The Get Local Copy Product dialog box appears with the path you defined.

  8. If template instructions exist and were set, and you want to use them, click Options.

    A dialog box appears with a list of template instructions.

  9. Check the box next to the template instructions that you want to apply.
    • Data Frame Rules: Allow products to have their data frame settings, such as scale, extent, coordinate system, and rotation, updated based on a product's associated instance.
    • Layout Rules: Enable a product map document’s layout size and orientation and the relative placement of elements on that layout to react to changes that happen on dynamic cartographic products.
    • Python Scripts: Allow custom business logic to be executed on a product. A single Python file can be saved as part of a template instruction.
  10. Click OK.
  11. If you want to open the file, check the Open check box.
  12. Click OK.

    The Getting Local Copy Product dialog box appears with the progress.

    Getting Local Copy Product dialog box with progress information
  13. Click OK when the process completes.