On the Template Properties dialog box, you can specify the template name, searchable tags, tools that appear on the tool palette, the primary template, and component templates and their builders. Symbology is a property of the feature layer.
Group templates are authored manually. They are not automatically created when you add new data to a map. You can create more than one template for the same layers and configure them with different construction tools and builders.
For steps to create a group template, see Create a group template.
The Association tab appears when the primary template creates utility network features. On this tab you can choose which applicable associations are created when using the template.
Group template associations are limited to group features only and do not extend to the contents of preset templates assigned to the group.
To learn more about editing tools and the utility network, see Utility Network reference for editing.
Open template properties
You can open the Template Properties dialog box in the Manage Templates or the Create Features pane.
The Manage Templates pane displays all templates defined for the project.
- On the Edit tab in the Features group, click the Manage Templates dialog box launcher .
The Manage Templates pane appears.
- In the pane, expand the map and its layers.
- Click the layer for the template you want to configure.
Feature templates defined for the layer appear in the template box.
- In the template box, click the group template.
- On the toolbar, click Properties .
- You can also right-click the template and use the context menu.
The Create Features pane displays all templates defined for the current map.
- On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create .
The Create Features pane appears.
- In the pane, right-click a group template and click Properties .
- You can also click the forward arrow and click the menu button .
Configure the tool palette
When you configure the tool palette, the primary template determines the toolsets that are available. You can show or hide the tools that appear on the tool palette and choose one tool to run automatically when the template is clicked.
- On the Template Properties dialog box, click Tools.
- Click the toolset drop-down arrow and choose a set of tools.
- Point tools are available only with primary templates that create point features.
- Polygon tools are available only with primary templates that create polygon features.
- Line tools and Radial tools are available with primary templates that create point and polyline features.
When the primary template creates point features, the line and radial toolsets create temporary construction lines. The construction lines are automatically removed from the map after builders use them to locate the component template features.
- Check the tools you want to appear in the tool palette.
- Click the corresponding option for the tool you want to run automatically when the template is clicked.
Add templates and builders
The component templates that are available to a group template are determined by the primary template feature type and the toolset you choose for the tool palette.
The builders available to a component template are based on the feature type it creates and the features you sketch in the map using the pointer. Some builders include definable parameters, such as a distance from an endpoint or an offset from a polyline feature.
For example, if the primary template is a water service polyline layer, you can add component templates for fittings, valves, and hydrant layers. Then configure their builders to automatically generate these features at specific locations relative to the water service line.
- On the Template Properties dialog box, click Builders.
- To delete, or change a template, do one of the following respectively:
- Hover over the template name and click Delete .
- Hover over the template name, click Edit , choose another template, and click Apply.
Primary templates that create polyline or polygon features allow you to assign a builder. Builders for a primary template are limited in scope and operate independently of the component feature templates and builders you add to the group.
To learn more about builders, see Feature builder reference.
- To add a component template, click Add , click the drop-down arrow, and choose a template.
Parameter settings for the active builder appear in the pane. All builders available for the template appear in the builder drop-down list.
- Click the Choose a builder drop-down arrow and choose a builder.
- If the active builder includes parameters, specify how you want the features created.
- Click Add.
The feature template appears as component of the group template.
- Click OK.
Your settings are saved and the dialog box closes.