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Manage exploratory analysis template gallery

Exploratory analysis tool templates are user-defined tool configurations that can be saved and used like the default tools. For example, if you often create viewsheds with the same specific max distance or if Observer From Camera is the creation method you commonly use, either can be configured as a tool template. Templates are listed in the tool gallery in the 3D Exploratory Analysis group on the Analysis tab. The 3D Exploratory Analysis group is available only when working with scenes.

Add a new exploratory analysis tool template

You can add a new template to the Interactive Analysis tool gallery by saving your preferred configuration. A template can originate from either a default tool or from an existing template in the gallery.

In the tool pane, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Analysis tab, in the 3D Exploratory Analysis group, open the Interactive Analysis gallery and click the existing tool from which you want to produce a template. The Exploratory Analysis pane opens with the Create tab active.
  2. On the Create tab, set the parameter values and choose the Creation Method as desired for the new template.
  3. Note:

    Method-specific values for the Along a Line and From Layer methods are not saved within tool templates. For example, the specific layer used by From Layer will not be maintained within a template.

  4. Click the menu button Menu in the upper right of the pane and click Add New Template.
  5. Provide a template name and press Enter to save the name and the template.

The template is saved to the project and added to the Interactive Analysis tool gallery on the Analysis tab.

Update an existing exploratory analysis tool template

Use the following steps to update the creation method or the creation parameters of an existing template.

  1. Select and activate an existing tool template from the Interactive Analysis tool gallery. The Exploratory Analysis pane opens with the Create tab active.
  2. Update the creation parameter values and the creation method as desired.
  3. Click the menu button Menu and click Update Template.

The template parameters are updated.

Save a template gallery

Exploratory analysis tool templates are saved within a project, but they can also be saved to an external file to be shared between projects and users.

  1. Select and activate an existing tool template from the Interactive Analysis tool gallery to open the Exploratory Analysis pane.
  2. Click the menu button Menu in the upper right of the pane.
  3. Click Save template gallery.
  4. On the Save template gallery dialog box, browse to a location to save to and specify a name for the resultant exploratory analysis tools (.eat) files.
  5. Click Save to confirm and close the dialog box.

The exploratory analysis tools (.eat) file is written to the location specified. This file can now be shared with another user or loaded into another project.

Delete an exploratory analysis tool template

You can remove templates from the Interactive Analysis tool gallery. Before deleting templates, consider saving a backup of the tool gallery first as described in the previous section. You can delete a template two ways: either directly from the tool gallery, or from the menu options in the respective tool's pane.

Right-click the unwanted template in the Interactive Analysis tool gallery and click Delete Template. Otherwise, activate the template you want to remove by clicking it in the gallery and opening the pane. Click the menu button Menu and click Delete Template.

The template is permanently removed from the Exploratory Analysis tool gallery.

Load a template gallery

Tool templates can be saved and loaded into a project from an exploratory analysis tools (.eat) file.

  1. Activate any exploratory analysis tool to open the Exploratory Analysis pane.
  2. Click the menu button Menu and click Load Template Gallery.
  3. On the Load Template Gallery dialog box, browse to the exploratory analysis tools (.eat) file.
  4. Click OK to confirm and close the dialog box.

The loaded templates now appear in the Exploratory Analysis tool gallery.

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