Distributing Custom ArcObjects Toolbars

04-13-2015 07:28 AM
New Contributor II

I have created a tool on a toolbar that works great.  What is the best way to distribute this to other users in my organization?  I have tried command based msbuild and it worked for a few days but eventually all the users lost the toolbar.  The only sure-fire way to get the toolbar to stay available is to install Visual Studio and build the solution with it.  There has got to be a better way to do this.

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Occasional Contributor III

I am assuming you are talking about ArcMap.   You will want to create Add-ins.  They are the most convenient way to give people tool bars and other addin functions in ArcMap.  You just need to put it out on a shared drive and they just need to connect to that directory.  When you need to update it, all you have to do is replace the add-in file and they get the update the next time they start ArcMap.  It even continues to work if you upgrade your clients to a new version of ArcMap.

You can learn about this here:

ArcObjects 10 .NET SDK Help

Good Luck