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Instructions provided describe how to capture point GPS data using ArcPad and GeoCollector units.
Before you begin
The GPS needs to be activated before any of the GPS buttons on the Edit toolbar are enabled. The 'GPS Point' button is only enabled when a point layer is active for editing. The 'Add GPS Vertex' and 'Add GPS Vertices Continuously' buttons are only enabled with either the polyline or polygon feature type has been selected.
Before activating your GPS in ArcPad, ensure that the GPS receiver is correctly connected using a cable or Bluetooth wireless link to the mobile device and that the GPS protocol and communication parameters in ArcPad match the settings on the GPS receiver.
The GPS can only be activated if there is a projection defined for the current ArcPad map. The default projection in ArcPad is latitude-longitude using the WGS84 datum. The default projection can be changed by placing an arcpad .prj file in your \My Documents folder.
Creating a point feature using the incoming GPS coordinates involves the following steps:
It is not necessary to save an ArcPad map to preserve the GPS field edits in ArcPad. Each time a feature is stored in ArcPad, the shapefile and shapefile table are automatically updated. Saving an ArcPad map preserves changes made in the appearance on the data such as symbology, labels, and background color.