Checking out the chart and preparing it for editing

Each chart product must be checked out of the product library before it can be edited and updated. The product library term product is interchangeable with the nautical term chart

Before you begin working with your chart product perform the following tasks:

Checking out the chart

Once all the above steps have been completed, you can check out the product for editing.

  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 you want to edit.
  4. Right-click the product and click Check Out Product.

    The Check Out Product dialog box appears.

    Check Out Product dialog box

    If you previously checked out from the product library, the output location you chose appears in the Output Location field.


    The Options button allows you to run template instructions when checking out.

  5. Check the Open check box.
  6. Click the ellipsis (...) next to the Output Location field.

    The Browse For Folder dialog box appears.

    Browse for Folder dialog box
  7. Navigate to the folder to which you want to check out the product.

    If necessary, you can use Make New Folder to create new folders and subfolders.

  8. Click OK.

    The Check Out dialog box appears with the path you defined.

  9. Click OK.

    The Checking Out Product dialog box appears with the progress of the checkout.

    Checking Out dialog box with progress information
  10. Click OK when the process completes.

The production database and .mxd are checked out to the path you specified, and the .mxd file is opened in ArcMap.


The map document is empty since it is the first time it is being opened after its creation.


If the product instance is not associated with a map document data frame, a new data frame is added when you check out the product MXD. If you don't want to keep the data frame that is created, you can delete it and associate another data frame for the product instance.

Adding data

You need to add data to the map document since it was recently created.

  1. Expand the production database in the Catalog window in ArcMap.
  2. Click the Nautical feature dataset and drag-and-drop it into the data frame.

    The layers from the Nautical feature dataset are added to the map document.

  3. Press the CTRL key and select the following layers in the Table Of Contents window.
    • PLTS_VectorConnectedNodes
    • PLTS_VectorIsolatedNodes
    • PLTS_VectorEdges
    • PLTS_SpatialAttributeL
  4. Right-click all the selected layers and click Remove.
  5. Save the map document by clicking the Save button.

Switching to the editing version of the production database

You need to open the map document in ArcMap and switch to an edit version of the production database if you are working in a versioned environment.


If are using a desktop implementation, you will need to create an edit version first.

  1. Click the List By Source button List By Source at the top of the Table of Contents window.
  2. Right-click on the top node in the Table of Contents under the data frame and click Change Version.

    The Change Version dialog box appears.

  3. Select the CM version.
  4. Click OK.

Create an edit version (desktop only)

If working in a desktop production environment, you need to create an edit version from DEFAULT. Make sure you connect to your edit version before moving forward in this workflow.

  1. Open the Version Manager dialog box using one of the following methods:
    • In the Catalog tree, right-click a connection to the geodatabase and click Versions.
    • In ArcMap, click the Version Manager button on the Versioning toolbar.

    The Version Manager dialog box opens.

  2. To create a new version, right-click the version from which you want to derive the new version and click New.

    This will open the New Version dialog box.

  3. Type a name for the new version.

    The length of the version name is limited to 62 characters.

  4. Type a description of the version (optional).

    You can use the version description to provide additional information regarding the version's purpose. The size limit on the description is 62 characters.

  5. Choose the desired permission level for the version: Private, Public, or Protected.
  6. Click OK to create the new version.

Next in the chart production guide book, you will create grids based on an area of interest.


You can check the chart back into the product library when you are finished working with it.