Human/GIT Readable APRX & STYLX formats

Idea created by Guus.Klaas_stedin on Jan 21, 2019
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    • Guus.Klaas_stedin

    Although not necessarily the most human readable, the MAPX (exported map) and LYRX (layer file) are all human readable, essentially being JSON by nature. Although not its main purpose, editing these files is nice, but what's even nicer, is the fact that versioning systems such as GIT (such as in use in our company in the form of Azure DevOps) really really play well with these files:

     

    For some inexplicable reason, however, the APRX (project) and STYLX (style... especially styles...) are very much still:

    Binary.

     

    This is troublesome, especially for a system such as a style, where many people could be working on one style... a GIT Merge would be awesome for this potentially... but also for APRX this would be nice.

     

    I would love to just... commit, push, merge to my hearts' desire... at the moment the workflow's slowly turning into "export mapfiles, export layers, make own copy of style, commit, push"

     

    Make ArcGIT real! Make our files version-tracked