Download a Feature Layer and Export to Shapefile

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06-04-2019 12:37 PM
DryCreekEng
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I would like to download a feature layer (survey data point taken using Collector) for viewing in ArcGIS desktop.  From the details page, I Export to shapefile, then download the shapefile to my computer.  When I open the shapefile, the data is present in the attribute table but no points show up. I've tried projecting to a local projection and still nothing.  Please help. 

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Egge-JanPollé1
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Hi Natalie Martinkus‌,

Could it be that your shapefile does contain geometry (points), but these points do not show up where you expect them to be?

Test:

Could you please double-click on one of the records in your attribute table to zoom in to it on the map? What happens now? Do you see a point on the map? Where is it located?

Questions:

Which desktop application are you using, ArcGIS ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro? And why are you downloading your data to a shapefile first, instead of accessing the Feature Layer directly from within your desktop application?

BR,

Egge-Jan

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DryCreekEng
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 Hi Egge-Jan,

I did double-click on individual records and I still don't see any points on the map.  I am using ArcGIS desktop 10.7.  My problem really has two parts, and I submitted a second question for part 2.  The real reason I want to download the layer is that I created this layer for a client to use with Collector out in the field.  We discovered that I am the only one that can create a drop-down list from data entries in an attribute table field in AGOL.  I want my client to also have control of the layer and be able to "lock" the field as a drop-down list instead of always having to email me and request that I lock it or unlock it so she can add new data entries to the field. I havent been able to figure out how to copy a layer and share it with someone else so they own it and can manipulate it in AGOL.  Therefore, I figured if I download the shapefile and upload it using my client's login credentials, it would be her layer. 

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DryCreekEng
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Update:  I opened some feature layers using ArcPro 2.3.3 and successfully exported them to a shapefile, which I then successfully uploaded as a new feature to AGOL using my client's credentials. So Im guessing that exporting a feature layer to a shapefile in AGOL is a bug.

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Egge-JanPollé1
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Hi Natalie Martinkus,

Why shapefile? (There has been a time, way back in the days, that Esri was very proud of it's shapefile format, but these days are over now, I would say...)

Alternatives:

  • As mentioned above: you should be able to access the Feature Layer directly from within your desktop application (using your client's credentials)
  • Or you can download the Feature Layer as a FGDB and open this one in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro

HTH,

Egge-Jan

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DryCreekEng
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My client wants to download shapefiles to import into Tableau software.  I have a few clients that use Tableau, and I don't want them to have to send me emails every time they want to download a shapefile for use in another program. 

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