Overlay not Showing On Layout MapFrame

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10-01-2018 06:50 AM
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I am allowing my users to Export their polygons using a a form in which they select the polygon and hit export.  This tool asks if the user would like to highlight the polygon with a certain color, and also buffer that polygon.  The tool then exports a pdf layout or shows it on the screen.  I have been able to allow for selection, load a saved layout, update the layout tags, move the camera, etc.  This all happens in the background.  However, when I try to add a selection overlay, or buffer overlay, it doesn't show up on the layout?  I know I am adding the disposable overlay to the map, because I am not disposing it yet and I can see it?

//This highlights my geometry on my main map
CIMStroke outline = SymbolFactory.Instance.ConstructStroke(CIMColor.CreateRGBColor(0, 0, 0, 50.0), 2.0, SimpleLineStyle.Solid);

CIMRGBColor BlueColor = ColorFactory.Instance.BlueRGB as CIMRGBColor;

IDisposable disposable = MapView.Active.AddOverlay(inItem.Geometry,                                                                   SymbolFactory.Instance.ConstructPolygonSymbol(BlueColor, SimpleFillStyle.Solid, outline).MakeSymbolReference());

//Get the map frame element of the layout that I use, and replace the map
//This should have the disposable Overlay on it but it doesn't?
Layout layout = LayoutProjectItem.GetLayout();
MapFrame mapFrame = layout.FindElement("MapLayer") as MapFrame;
mapFrame.SetMap(inUserPrintInformation.MapCopy);

// Create PDF format with appropriate settings
PDFFormat PDF = new PDFFormat()
{
   Resolution = 300,
   OutputFileName = inExportFileName
};

if (PDF.ValidateOutputFilePath())
{
   LayoutProjectItem.Export(PDF);
}

This code is just a snipped of all of my code, but i essentially want to add a overlay to the map and export it. But it doesn't seem to be on the exported map?

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Hello and thank you for your feedback.

Overlays are not persisted and in order for items to be exported they must be persisted.  The solution is to create elements in a feature class.  This is the same solution in the UI. MapNote (feature classes) are used in in place of graphics in a map view.

Jeff

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So is there an easy way to make some dummy or temp feature classes to add to a map?  Something I could do locally on the users machine and not in the feature service.  i would then add those layers to the map, add the buffer/highlight polygon, color them, and then export.  Then i would have to clean them up afterwards.  How could I make some temp polygon feature classes like you suggest here.

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How do i access the mapnote feature class programatically?

FeatureLayer LoadLayer = LayerFactory.Instance.CreateFeatureLayer(MapNoteURI, MapView.Active.Map, position);

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Adding MapNotes like in the UI may be a bit heavy handed because it builds many point, line and polygon feature classes.  It might be best if you create/reference your own feature class and add the geometries.  Check out the Geodatabase and Geometry ProSnippets.

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Can you create a feature class on the fly like this?  Or do I make a make a feature class and save it with the project, then reference it?  Or do I make a feature service for just this need and reference it.  I don't need the class for anything other than exporting, but I will need to label and color the values that I do add.

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I am implementing the solution you discussed above.  

- Creating a Export Polygon Feature Class

- Creating a layer file from that class that I color and label as I want

- Exporting Layer file and adding it to the content of my .proConfigX file

- When Exporting map, I add this feature layer file to a copy of my Active.Map

- Remove any existing Rows from that FeatureLayer (so the old ones don't show up if any)

- Add the new rows for the Shapes I want to see as overlays to my map

- Export the map and clean up.

This seems like it might work, as it lets me color the layer file and set its properties on the layer file itself and I don't have to do it in code.  Then I just add the layer file to the map using the URI of the .proConfigX.

I haven't addressed the speed of efficiency of this process, or if by exporting the layer file when creating the template, if the Dataset will be a problem, because it will no longer be the original dataset.

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Hey do you have code I can see to help me try this. I am also having this issue. The only thing is that i'm afraid it won't work for what i need. I am trying to use a graphic overlay to mask data I don't want to show in my export. Turning it into a feature class will likely result in the data not being masked. If I add a feature class over it now the data shows. The data is labels.

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I personally have not tried it. All I know is that your overlays are not persisted and to persist the geometries you need a feature class.  This is also the same in the UI.  The development team is aware of the current limitation and is looking into a solution.  If you just need a temporarly feature class, my approach would be to create a scratch feature class in the projects default GDB, add whatever geometries are needed, export, and then perhaps delete the feature class.

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Im trying to do this in an effort to mask labels that are showing where I don't want them. Adding a feature class still doesn't cover the labels but graphic overlay does.

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