When specifying a geoprocessing tool's input feature data, you have the following options:
- Select an existing layer from the map.
- Browse to a dataset.
- Create a new layer and interactively add features to it.
Depending on the types of features that are supported by a tool, you have the option to interactively create new points, lines, polygons, or multipatches.
Create new features
When you select a feature type from the interactive input choice list , the following actions occur:
- A new layer will be added to your map Contents, named according to the tool name, parameter name, and feature type: <Tool> <Parameter> (<Type>). This layer name will be entered into the parameter text box, indicating the tool will process this new layer's features as input. This layer represents a new feature class created in your project geodatabase.
- Editing feature templates will be added below the tool parameter, which show the symbols for newly drawn features, as well as a palette of feature creation tools. A default tool is selected so you can immediately begin creating features on the map. Learn more about the tools used to create points, lines, polygons, and multipatches.
Enter attributes for your features
Some geoprocessing tools use feature attributes as part of processing. For example, the Buffer tool has a Distance Field parameter that lets you choose a field that contains buffer distances, so that different sized buffers can be created for each feature in the input. When using interactive feature input, there are a number of generic attribute fields available for you to enter values into along with the features you create, including text, numeric, and date fields.
The three ways you can enter attributes for the new features you create are as follows:
- Click Map > Selection > Attributes, and after creating a feature, enter its attributes in the Attributes pane.
- Right-click the layer in the map Contents and select Attribute Table. After creating a feature, enter its attributes in the attribute table view.
- Open the Active Template pane by clicking the forward arrow and enter attributes for the features you are about to create. Each feature you create will have the attributes that are currently set in the Active Template pane.
Configure interactive input templates
You cannot configure interactive input's symbology, attribute fields and domains, editing templates, feature creation tools, or other properties in the current release. This will be available in a future release.