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When you export a Shape File, it exports the type of data that the layer is set up for. Thus if a layer is a “Points” layer it only exports points, and an “Area” layer will only get defined areas, and “Only Lines” will get lines. I suspect that the layer that you are working with is an “Area” layer and that the boundary has not been defined. Here’s what to do:

1. Load the layer as the “Active Layer”.
2. Select the “Define Area” button (from the Layer or Mapping Tools).
3. Click inside the boundary to define it. Note that you don’t have to enter any information, just click OK.
4. The boundary will now be defined and will have a color to it (probably gray).
5. Re-export the layer as an ArcView Shape File (just like before).
6. Reload the layer as a background map into Site Mate (just like before).
7. This time the layer should come in with no problems.

Let me know if this makes sense.

R. Scott Nusbaum
Farm Works Software


Opening up *.shp file in Site Mate Basic

Carl Hobbs March 02, 2001 12:00AM

Opening up *.shp file in Site Mate Basic

R. Scott Nusbaum - Farm Works Software March 02, 2001 12:00AM

As usual, you make sense. Thanks. (No text)

Carl Hobbs March 03, 2001 12:00AM

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