More information for files

04-29-2011 12:57 PM
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New Contributor II

Shapefiles, personal geodatabases, and feature classes have a default size limitation. It would be nice to view the file size in ArcCatalog to 1). Keep track of how large individual files are 2). If server space is limited, it will help in data management 3). Users can comprehend file size more easily than number of features.

At this point exporting to a third party i.e. txt, ascii, excel, etc is the only way to know the file size of the features.

Also knowing when the file was last modified would be a useful piece of information. Currently only mxd files have this information. But if the file was modified outside the mxd there is no record of what date/time. This can help deter any questions about when data is created and/or modified.

A screen showing information similar to that of a normal folder: File, File type, Data Created/Modified, Size, Author.

Thank you for posting your idea. I believe what you are looking for can already be accomplished. To enable display of these items go to Customize > ArcCatalog Options > Contents in ArcGIS 10 or Tools > Options > Contents in previous versions and check on Size, and Modified under "Which standard columns do you want to show in Details view?".

Some of the other information regarding when the data was first created or who the Author or Contact is for the data may make more sense to be documented in the data's metadata. Up to date metadata is a great way to deocument and deter questions regarding all aspects of the data.
In other words: There are no details in Details view by default. Size and Modified columns should be available always. Requested information could also be available in shapefile/database properties dialog under general tab as usual.

Other suggestions:
  • Non native formats (CAD, Excel, etc.) are missing requested size&modified information.
  • Drag&drop functionality to reorder columns instead of horrible arrows.
  • There is no clear indication which column sorts the list.
In 9.3.1, yes you can change the display columns but the information doesn't show up for all file types. For example, I want to know the modified date of a data layer -- if it's a shapefile, it will display. However, if it's a feature class in a geodatabase, the date will only show for the geodatabase, not for the individual feature class within....
Yes, that is correct. Currently for all geodatabases other than file geodatabases you will not see the size or data modified of individual feature classes. You might consider logging an idea specific to getting this information for feature classes in geodatabases other than file geodatabase.
Also adding # of features in the featureclass would be very helpful, without having to dig through the metadata.