This is a search for general guidance. I have a variety of data sources, black and white, color, multi-spectral, natural color, etc... that I need to display in one map grouped in a specific way.
I have tried to use mosaic dataset(s) for this but have had the following issues:
- It is not possible to make an image service that has the imagery grouped the way users want it.
- I have not been able to select out individual images from a mosaic dataset and group them in the table of contents of a map document without having the boundary and footprint of the mosaic dataset also visible, which is not what any of my users want to see. They ask me if I can make them go away, and nothing I've been able to come up with has worked.
What I have done is to simply load the tiffs into ArcMap and group them as desired, and create a map service. This works perfectly, except that I get none of the benefits of mosaic dataset/imagery service, and it is noticeably slower.
Are there any options I can explore to use mosaic datasets while also having flexibility in displaying the served images?
i.e., can I do something like the following (without boundaries/footprints showing) with 9 images in a single mosaic dataset?
- image 1
- image 2
- image 3
- image 4
- image 5
- image 6
- image 7
- image 8
- image 9