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Technical Article   Problem:  When adding a shapefile created from Pathfinder Office to ArcMap, there is no spatial reference information

Article ID: 31842
Bug Id: N/A
Software:  ArcGIS - ArcInfo 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10
Platforms: N/A


When using a shapefile exported from Pathfinder Office, there is no spatial reference information associated with the file, even if a projection was defined in Pathfinder Office.


Pathfinder office does not associate a .prj file to the shapefile upon export.

Solution or Workaround

Define the projection of the shapefile in ArcMap to match the projection of the data in Pathfinder Office.

    Created: 9/21/2006
    Last Modified: 5/18/2011

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    By Anonymous - 04/26/2011 4:09 PM

    I would like to see a new article that discusses the topic outlined below.

    Found a solution, not just a workaround. In Pathfinder, a path to ArcMap's projection files needs to be established in the Export options in order export an ESRI shapefile with a .prj file. Open Pathfinder and go to Utilities>Export(make sure ESRI Shapefile Setup is selected)>Properties>Coordinate System. Under Projection File, browse to the desired projection files, i.e. ProgramFiles\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Coordinate Systems and click OK. It will use chosen .prj file on every export.