Posting changes to nautical data

The Nautical Post tool acts as the standard ArcGIS Post command for all versioned nautical databases. Nautical Post is used in both the desktop and enterprise production environments after the Reconcile or Update Primitives tools are run.

Reconciling updates the edit version with changes from the target version and checks for conflicts; it doesn't merge changes into the target version. Once you've finished reconciling and have resolved conflicts (if necessary), you complete the merge process by posting your changes to the target version.

The Update Primitives tool is run after making edits to the database and is mandatory to export a valid ENC, AML, or other S-57 dataset files. The Update Primitives tool is an advanced reconcile tool specific to S-57 data that runs several different processes. The Nautical Post tool also ensures that the Geodatabase to S-57 Exporter is accessible if no additional edits have been made to the database since the last time the Update Primitives tool was run.

If you have the Workflow Manager extension and you are working in a job version, the Nautical Post tool calls the Workflow Manager Post command, which archives your transaction records as if you were just posting with Workflow Manager.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Production Editing.
  3. Click the Production Start Editing button Production Start Editing on the Production Editing toolbar.

    The Manage Features and Create Attributes, Update Attributes, or Metadata Attributes windows automatically appear when you start an edit session using the Production Start Editing tool.


    If the Create Attributes, Update Attributes, or Metadata Attributes window does not appear when you start an edit session, click the Show/Hide Attributes button Show/Hide Attributes on the Manage Features window.

  4. Click the Nautical Post button Nautical Post on the Nautical toolbar.

    If the Nautical Post button is disabled, you must first reconcile any changes or run Update Primitives.


    If you have unverified features in your edit version, a message appears notifying you that there are unverified features found in your version. You must verify all features before clicking the Nautical Post button again.