||I'm sick of ArcMap! For all the wonderful things it can do, I'm now convinced that it's just not a very realiable program. Here's a constant problem I encounter. Maybe it's just me.
After I complete a map, many times the map requestor will come back to me at a later date and ask for the same base map, but with a different layer on top(usually points). Essentially this map is like a template.
So, what I do is this: I open the original map and save it under a different name, remove the layers that are not needed, and add a new layer. This is where ArcMap gets temperamental. When adding the new layer it will hang or freeze until the point where I get the "ArcMap is not responding" error message.
Or sometimes, instead of removing the layer completely, I am asked to isolate only certain features. For example, from a layer containing both Presentation and Specialty Telemedicine sites, I was asked to map only Presentation sites. So I do this:
1)Select only the Presentation sites.
2)Export the selected features
3)Add new shapefile (Adds fine the first time)
Here is where the ArcMap temperament starts again. I try to add another layer but Arcmap hangs (stupid little hourglass) and then crashes. Why?!!! Also, it'll only do this with that layer, for whatever reason. It adds other layers just fine.
My workaround has been this: I open a blank arcmap workspace and add the "faulty" layer there. It adds the layer fine. Then I drag it to my origininal workspace. Another workaround is this: I add the "faulty" layer along with a layer that adds fine. That also works.
What the hell is wrong with Arcmap? I thought about adding whatever the last Service Packet was hoping there might already be a fix. However, as many of you may know, this process is also risky. I had to reinstall ArcMap TWICE adding the first two SPs. I gave up adding SPs after that.