Tag Archives: ArcCatalog

A HIDDEN GEM: How to convert MapInfo files (.MIF, .MID) into Esri’s shape files using ArcGIS for Desktop

The aim of this blog is to share with you a somewhat hidden workflow that easily allows any ArcGIS for Desktop user to convert MapInfo file formats. The MapInfo Interchange Formats in question here are (i) the .MIF file, which contains the graphics or actual points that represent the objects, and (ii) the .MID file, which contains any corresponding textual information about the objects.

For anyone that has needed to convert MapInfo file formats into Esri’s shape file format, for use in the multitude of ArcGIS workflows; then you would know this process may have involved any of the following:

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FAQ: How do you determine the version of an enterprise (ArcSDE) geodatabase in Catalog?

To determine the enterprise geodatabase version you are using:

  • Right-click the database connection in the Catalog tree and click Properties > General Tab.

Database Properties

  • The Upgrade Status indicates the geodatabase version you are using.
  • If the Upgrade Status indicates that the geodatabase matches the ArcGIS release you are using, your geodatabase is compatible with your ArcGIS release, and you do not need to upgrade the geodatabase.
  • If system tables or stored procedures need to be upgraded, the text will state that your geodatabase can be upgraded and the Upgrade Geodatabase button will be active.

Tania T.

 

ArcSDE updates not supported by ArcCatalog “Set Data Source” tool

Up to and including v10.0, the ArcCatalog “Set Data Source” tool is only designed for updating MXD file based data sources such as Personal and File geodatabases.

ArcSDE data connections updated via the ArcCatalog “Set Data Source” tool are not supported. The tool may allow you to update or repair MXD data references from ArcSDE geodatabases but is not the recommended method.  Continue reading