Workflow Activity Input dialog boxes
 
 
 

Use the workflow activity input dialog boxes to specify or change the parameters for a workflow activity.

To edit an existing workflow

To create a workflow

Click Tools tabWorkflow panelEdit. At the Command prompt, enter MapWorkflowEdit.

The Workflow Designer includes activity dialog boxes for the following activities:

Connect To An FDO Data Store

Connects to the specified data store but does not add data to the map. For an overlay that specifies feature classes, rather than layers, this activity is sufficient (you do not have to create a layer).

Provider

Select the provider type for this connection.

File Name

Enter or navigate to the data store file.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.
Prompt For Parameters At Run Time

Select this option to pause for input at run time.

Add A Feature Source Layer

Creates a Display Manager layer using the specified data store connection. For an overlay that specifies feature layers, you must include this activity.

Connection ID

Enter a connection ID for the data store that this layer represents, or click to use the ID property of a preceding activity.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.
  • Feature Class: Click and select a feature class or layer from a preceding activity.
  • Group: Define a group for this layer to use in Display Manager.
Prompt For Parameters At Run Time

Select this option to pause for input at run time.

Provide A List Of Existing Connections

This activity lists the names of connections in the current map. You cannot specify parameters for this activity, other than a Display Name.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.

Provide Existing Layer Details

This activity lists the name of the specified layer in Display Manager, as well as any group it belongs to.

Layer

Enter the name of the layer.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.
Prompt For Parameters At Run Time

Select this option to pause for input at run time.

Provide A List Of Feature Classes

This activity lists the feature classes for the specified data store connection in the current map.

Connection ID

Enter a connection ID for the data store whose feature classes you want to list, or click to use the ID property of a preceding activity.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.
Prompt For Parameters At Run Time

Select this option to pause for input at run time.

Run A Workflow

This activity invokes another workflow at this point in the current workflow.

File Name

Enter or navigate to the file containing the workflow to run. By default, the Workflow Designer looks for the workflow in the same directory as the current workflow.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.
Prompt For Parameters At Run Time

Select this option to pause for input at run time.

Perform An Overlay Analysis

This activity compares the spatial relationship of two layers or feature classes.

Select Type of Data For Overlay

Specify whether the overlay will compare feature classes or Display Manager layers. Both the source and overlay must be the same type (you cannot compare a feature class to a layer).

Source/Overlay

If you select Layers as the Type of Data For Overlay, click and select an ID for the Source Layer and Overlay Layer. These are the ID properties for the appropriate preceding Create Layer activities.

If you select Feature Classes as the Type of Data For Overlayand the data stores for the overlay are connected to the map, click the down arrow in the field and select a Source Feature Class. The Source Feature Source is selected automatically. Do the same for the Overlay Feature Class.

NoteIf the data stores for the overlay are connected to the map, click to bind the Source Feature Class to the ID of a feature class from a preceding activity. You must also specify the feature source. It is not selected automatically.
Output File

Enter a location and file name for the output (overlay) SDF file. Click to navigate to a location.

Overlay Type

Select the type of comparison to do. For a complete description of these options, see Overlaying Two Feature Sources.

Optional Parameters
  • Display Name: Enter a title for this activity.
  • Output Properties: Specify which properties from the source and (if applicable) overlay inputs are included in the output. “Identifiers Only” writes the primary identifiers to the output. “Non-Identifiers” writes only the non-key attributes (creating auto-generated primary identifiers for the output features). The default value is “All”.
  • Length Tolerance: Set the minimum distance at which two nodes or vertices of a line or polygon are treated as separate points. The default value is determined from the spatial context for the sources.
  • Sliver Maximum: Set the highest value at which a polygon is tested for roundness. If the sliver’s roundness is higher than this value, it becomes a separate polygon in the output. The default value for Sliver Maximum depends on the source. In large datasets, it is blank by default.
  • Sliver Minimum: Set the lowest value at which a polygon is tested for roundness. If the sliver’s roundness is lower than this value, it merges with its neighbor polygon in the output. The default value for Sliver Maximum depends on the source. In large datasets, it is blank by default.

    To ignore sliver polygons, set Sliver Minimum and Sliver Maximum to -1. This is equivalent to checking Don’t Remove Slivers in the Overlay Analysis wizard.

  • Sliver Unit: Select the units used in determining the Sliver Minimum and Sliver Maximum settings. The available choices are defined by the coordinate system for the source layer.
  • Ordinate Unit: Select the units used in determining the Length Tolerance setting. The available choices are defined by the coordinate system for the source layer.
Prompt For Parameters At Run Time

Select this option to pause for input at run time.