Change existing symbol in IMSMA.mxd

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If you would like to change the existing symbols, you need to use ArcGIS software to update IMSMA.mxd which is located in C:\IMSMAng\server\gis\maps folder.


As an example, Land by Type theme will be used. The use case could be that the users found it difficult to distinguish between Indication, SHA and CHA, therefore they wanted to have different colors for each of them.

  1. This is how the Map Display Window inside IMSMA looks like before any changes on the .mxd file:
    Existing symbol0.png

    Map Display - Before changes

  2. Open IMSMA.mxd with ArcMap and go to Land by Type layer. Double-click on the symbol that you would like to change (SHA).
    Existing symbol1.png

    IMSMA layer Land - by Type

  3. The following window displays.
  4. Existing symbol2.png

    Marker properties

  5. You can change a form, colour, angle, mask etc. For Advanced editing, click on the symbol.
    Note.jpg The size should be the same or bigger than the symbol size for the second Marker layer which is used to display Land which values are not included in the value list.
  6. The following window displays.
  7. Existing symbol3.png

    Symbol editor - Foreground

  8. If you would like to change the colour of the symbol then select the foreground layer and a colour.
  9. Existing symbol4.png

    Symbol editor - Background

  10. If you would like to change the background colour then select the background layer and a colour.
  11. Note.jpg The size is different in the foreground and background layers of the symbol.
  12. Click on OK to close the Symbol editor.
  13. Click on OK to close the Marker property window.
  14. Apply the same change to the other layers in the same group.
    Existing symbol5.png

    IMSMA layer Land - by Type

  15. Save the IMSMA.mxd and close ArcMap.
  16. Rename your background mxd. This mxd must not previously been merged/imported into IMSMANG.
  17. In the IMSMA client (if your configuration is client/server then start the IMSMA client on the server computer) go to File, Import, Map.
  18. Import the background map which will be merged with the updated IMSMA.mxd.
  19. Close the IMSMA client and open it again in order to be sure that the Map pane is refreshed.
  20. Verify in Map Display that the changes are applied. Apply the new theme and verify that it looks OK in the Map Pane.
    Existing symbol6.png

    Map Display - After changes