I have recently been collecting data in the field with an ArcGIS Online map via the Collector App, complete with photo attachments. Is there some way to transfer these attachments when I transfer the rest of the attribute data when converting to a shapefile or feature class? I have been able to transfer the other fields without problem but I cannot seem to transfer the attachments alongside them.
This thread may provide a workable solution.
If you add the service to ArcMap and in the table of contents, right click on the layer "Edit Features" -> Create a Local Copy for Editing. It will create a local geodatabase with the attachments.
That said I am currently testing the next release of ArcGIS - 10.3 and it worked for me doing this.
Thanks for the response. I've been through that thread and encountered some of the same problems, such as "Create a Local Copy for Editing" not being an available option under "Edit Features." I also tried the Context Menus recommendation under Customize Mode and can't seem to get that to work, either. Whenever I close out of the Toolbar window where I add it, it closes out my options as well. Any ideas?
Using 10.2.2 I did the following.
In ArcMap using search I searched for the service that I am using with collector.
I click to add it to ArcMap.
then Right click on "Group Layer" heading.
Edit Features --> Create Local Copy for Editing
Looking at the Source for the observations layer it is updated with a local path.
and further verified by looking in Catalog.
Can you do the same using this service? (its shared with everyone on ArcGIS online)
also if it is a hosted feature service on ArcGIS online and you own it, you can export it from ArcGIS Online.
I was able to add that service from ArcGIS Online but am still have the same issues. I've posted screenshots here for you to see what my problem has been:
I'm not sure why I'm getting separate options from you when I right-click on the group layer. I'm sure it's something simple I can't quite wrap my head around!
Ah, that explains part of it. I'm still having an issue for some reason getting that option to pop up for me:
This is from my own personal feature service I'm attempting to create a local copy for editing.
Hi Andrew and Mark. I have it up and running in Collector ver. 10.2.4 for Ios. BUT I have a major problem with the attachments. Hope that you are able to test this in the new version Mark:
The attachment tranfer fails for me, when I try to transfer images, which has been shot with the default image size. It means that I have to dowmload an app to shrink the images before I add in Collector.
It makes it difficult for my users to add pictures, and then they simply don't do it.
I really hope you have found a solution in 10.3.
Not sure if this is the kind of transfer you are talking about, but check out How To: Batch export attachments from a feature class in ArcMap. It goes through setting up a script tool to download all photo attachments to a folder, and I imagine you could just add another step to the process to add a field with links to the exported photos to the feature class. Good luck!