Problem: PMF Data Package creation does not complete in ArcGIS Publisher


When using ArcGIS Publisher to create a PMF Data Package for ArcReader usage, the process does not complete; ArcMap freezes or in some instances the process stops at 99%.


This issue occurs when the data includes large compressed raster files. These files must be uncompressed before being saved in a file geodatabase, due to the default data format setting for data packaging. This default setting is set to 'Compressed and Locked file geodatabase'.

Note: An example of a large compressed raster file is the MrSID file format and it has a high compression ratio (20:1). 
Systems that do not have sufficient memory (RAM) or storage space may experience performance issues during the packaging process. If the raster data is large, the packaging process might stall, become unresponsive, or stop. For more information on raster and image formats, please refer to ArcGIS Help: Supported raster dataset file formats.

Solution or Workaround

There are four possible workarounds for this issue:

  • For large compressed raster image files containing additional vector data attached:
    1. Import the additional vector data into a single file geodatabase as standalone feature classes.
    2. Package the file geodatabase to the PMF format using ArcGIS Publisher before packaging the MrSID raster image.
    3. Package the MrSID raster image to the PMF format using ArcGIS Publisher.
    4. Open both PMF files in ArcReader.
  • Alternatively, copy a dataset with additional vector data, in an existing format, during the packaging process:
    1. In the Data Packaging dialog box, on the General tab, select the destination location for the Data Package.
    2. In the event users have additional vector data, use the following steps, else proceed to Step 3:
      1. In the Data Format section, select File Geodatabase.
      2. Open the Extent tab.
      3. In the Vector section, select the desired option for the vector layer.
      4. In the Raster section, select the desired option for the raster layer.
      5. Open the General tab again, and proceed with Step 3.
    3. In the Data Format section, select Copy data in existing format.

  • Click OK to begin the packaging process.
  • Convert the MrSID imagery file to other imagery formats such as TIFF or JPEG. To do so, right-click the MrSID file from the Table Of Contents > Data > Export Data.
    Note: If the size of the raster data within the file is large, exporting to TIFF or JPEG may improve performance. Images saved in TIFF or JPEG format are smaller in size, thus reducing the usage of system resources.
  • Use one of the provided basemap services as the basemap, such as the World Imagery Service from ArcGIS Online. Using the available basemap services reduces the usage of system resources to load imagery files.
    Note: This requires an internet connection, as the basemap tiles are provided by ArcGIS Online servers.

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