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Garmin Symbology in ArcGIS?

March 17 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Symbology

Is there a way to keep symbology (as designated during a Garmin data collection session) when you move data from a handheld Garmin unit into ArcGIS? Is there a downloadable symbology file? Or symbol class (I may be getting the terms wrong here)?

Thanks very much.

P.S. I'm working with a Garmin GPSmap 76CSx

Mapping Center Answer:

The symbol file you refer to is called a  "style" in ArcGIS.

There is no out of the box style that contains the Garmin symbology.  You could probably find most of the symbols in one of the many existing styles that we do provide. Or you might find a symbol that is very close and you can simply edit it to appear the same.

Once you have created one map with the Garmin symbology, you can create a style from that to use with future maps.  With the Export Map Styles function, you can export the current styles used in your map to a new style. So this means that you can create and modify symbols and map elements as you design your map and then save everything into a style.

Here's a tip: if you create or use (i.e., reference) a style that has symbols with the same names as your attribute values, then when you add that layer to the map, it will automatically be assigned the symbol with the corresponding name. For this to work, the names have to be identical (including capital letters and spaces.)

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