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    Cory Eicher
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    Hi,

    We are hearings some questions from our customers about PLTS 10.0 and ArcGIS 10.0. Is there a document which clarifies the differences and similarities? Otherwise (Amber?), how would you answer these questions.

    1. ArcGIS 10.0 will not include element placement rules, so if we want this functionality, we should use PLTS 10.0 (Product Library), correct?

    2. Data Driven Pages is new in ArcGIS 10.0. Does PLTS 10.0 (Product Library) leverage this directly, or continue to use its own "flavor" of data driven pages?

    3. Dynamic Text is new in ArcGIS 10.0. Will PLTS 10.0 Dynamic text directly leverage this, or provide its own flavor of dynamic text?

    4. Could one use ArcGIS 10 Data Driven Pages, and Dynamic Text, and then just use PLTS for the element placement rules? Or, would you recommend PLTS (Product Library) for users that need Element Placement Rules and other advanced functionality (e.g. related to Dynamic Text and Data Driven Pages).

    Thanks,

    -Cory

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceicher View Post
    Hi,

    We are hearings some questions from our customers about PLTS 10.0 and ArcGIS 10.0. Is there a document which clarifies the differences and similarities? Otherwise (Amber?), how would you answer these questions.
    Attached is a PDF that highlights most of the key differences/similarities between the new map book functions in ArcGIS 10 and PLTS/MPS-Atlas.

    Quote Originally Posted by ceicher View Post
    1. ArcGIS 10.0 will not include element placement rules, so if we want this functionality, we should use PLTS 10.0 (Product Library), correct?
    Correct, element placement rules are only part of the production mapping extension at 10. The placement rules (called layout rules) are keyed off element names and therefore can be used with any mxd. The rules themselves are saved as xml files so they can be shared and reused. The layout rules can be saved and used with product library however, this is not required.

    Quote Originally Posted by ceicher View Post
    2. Data Driven Pages is new in ArcGIS 10.0. Does PLTS 10.0 (Product Library) leverage this directly, or continue to use its own "flavor" of data driven pages?
    The attached PDF describes some of these details.
    As part of the production mapping extension the MPS-Atlas “flavored” map books are still accessible in addition to data driven pages. Product Library can store any type of mxd (as well as other documents) however, there is specialized ability to import and store data driven page enabled mxds. This workflow ensures there is only one editor at a time, versions of the mxd’s changes over time are kept, and the ability to preview the geographic extents covered by that mxd without opening it.


    Quote Originally Posted by ceicher View Post
    3. Dynamic Text is new in ArcGIS 10.0. Will PLTS 10.0 Dynamic text directly leverage this, or provide its own flavor of dynamic text?
    Production mapping will continue to provide its’ own “flavor” of dynamic text as it did with MPS-Atlas. This surround element has been rolled into the production mapping extension. The dynamic text that is part of ArcGIS at 10, is an extension to the standard text element, where font tags can be added to the text that add the new dynamic capabilities.

    Quote Originally Posted by ceicher View Post
    4. Could one use ArcGIS 10 Data Driven Pages, and Dynamic Text, and then just use PLTS for the element placement rules? Or, would you recommend PLTS (Product Library) for users that need Element Placement Rules and other advanced functionality (e.g. related to Dynamic Text and Data Driven Pages).
    Yes, you could mix the functionally found in production mapping to extend standard cartographic workflows in ArcGIS. However, specifically data driven pages do not directly know about production mapping’s layout rules (element placement) therefore this process is not automated. You would have to “refresh” the layout rules when you switch from one page to the next. This is done simply by clicking apply on the layout rules dialog once the xml has been loaded for the current map document.

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    Thanks,

    -Cory

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    Clint Loveman
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    Where is the attached pdf? Nevermind, I see you added at the same time as my post.
    Regards,

    Ted C
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