I want to create a map with multiple layers using arcgis. Each layer will have shapes that represent a territory in Colorado associated with a particular utility company. I have PDF images of Colorado maps that have the shapes drawn onto them.
The goal is to have a user scroll over a particular place in CO and know which utility companies are available in that location.
My first thought was - "I will upload the pdf to Illustrator, trace the shapes, then upload the vector shapes into ArcGIS"
However, I tried this, and saved it in every format that illustrator allowed and I was not able to upload it. I KNOW that there is a way to do it with very expensive software, and I have tried saving it as a DWG and that does not work.
How can I trace shapes in Arc GIS without having the coordinate data? Is there another software I can use (Without attached cost) that will allow me to create these vector files that I can then just put over the map of colorado in different layers?
If you look at the link I added about adding layers it describes each type of layer that can be added.
I was suggesting a .tiff before I knew that you did not have desktop.
If you know where the boundaries are (assuming there are not a lot of features) you could create a layer on AGOL and draw it yourself. You would not have the pdf online to reference though.
You need adobe scrobat to save as a .tiff it will not let you in adobe reader. Maybe you can take a screen capture and save that as a .tiff. You can then georeference it and trace it!