Creating BLOB's

05-13-2014 02:56 PM
Occasional Contributor III
Hello all! I am in the beginning stages of trying to attach PDF documents (deeds & owners policies) to a feature class in SDE. Does anyone know or have recommendations how to import the PDF's into SDE and make them into blobs?

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Occasional Contributor III
ArcGIS for Desktop allows Raster data as attribute in a Feature Class and I believe there is no option to load pdf as an attribute. However it can be done through RDBMS and I haven't tested it.

You can use either Attachments or Hyperlink. It allows you to add raster, pdf and few other formats.
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Esri Esteemed Contributor
The main problem with placing documents in a BLOB is that you must access it through the database.  I prefer to store a URL (file or web-based), which allows for more access modes. -V
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