Creating masks

The Batch Masking tool creates masks based on the rules defined in the Masking Rules Manager dialog box. You can create masking features for a selected set of features or for an entire instance.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. Add all the necessary masking layers and corresponding feature layers to the Table Of Contents window in your MXD.
  3. Make sure that the production properties are set correctly.

    Properties include the Product Library Workspace, Production Database Workspace, Data Model Version, Product Class Version, and Instances Maintained. The Data Model Version needs to be set to the AIS Charting model.

  4. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Aeronautical Data Management.
  5. Optionally, select the features for which you want to create masks.

    If no features are selected, masks will be created for the instances you select in step 7.

  6. Click the Batch Masking button Batch Masking on the Aeronautical Data Management toolbar.

    The Batch Masking dialog box appears.

    Batch Masking dialog box

    Only the Input Layer, Output Layer, and Description columns are displayed. It is important that the description is accurate so that other users can identify the correct rule/layers for which masks will be created. If a rule is not valid for the particular instance(s) selected, the results will show up as red in the grid and will not be selectable. A rule is invalid for an instance if one or both of the layers the rule uses is missing from the table of contents, or if the input layer has 0 features. A tool tip appears when you hover the mouse pointer over the red text and tells you why the rule is invalid. A reference scale must be set on the instance to run the Batch Masking tool. If a reference scale is not set, all rules will show up as red and will be invalid for that instance; you will not be able to create masks for that instance.

  7. Check the box next to the instance in the Instance(s) to Process list for which you want to create masks.

    If your chart has multiple instances, click Select All to check the boxes next to all the available instances to create masks for all data frames/instances in the chart.

  8. Check the box(es) next to the masking rules of the layers for which you want to create masks.

    If you want to run all the valid rules, click Select All to automatically check all the valid rules.

  9. Optionally, check the Process Selected Feature(s) check box to create masks for only the features you selected.
  10. Click OK to begin processing.

    The Batch Masking Results dialog box appears.

  11. Expand the tree view next to the instance to review the results.
    Batch Masking Results dialog box
  12. Click Close on the Batch Masking Results dialog box.
  13. Click Close.