Save and Load Customized Settings
Posted by jeffhobbs on October 1, 2007
I’ve been playing a little bit with the commands Tools > Save Customized Settings and Tools > Load Customized Settings. For those that have not played with the two commands, the basic idea is that you can customize the GeoMedia user interface using Tools > Customize. Once you have it the way you like it, you can use Tools > Save Customized Settings and that will save the interface to an XML file. You can then use Tools > Load Customized Settings to load this custom interface whenever you’d like.
Additionally, you can use the "custom" parameter as part of your GeoMedia shortcut to load the customized settings when you launch GeoMedia. In other words, if I go to Start > Run and type in GeoMedia, assuming your Windows path is setup correctly, this should launch GeoMedia. Now, if you type the following in the Run dialog: ‘GeoMedia.exe /custom “D:\xmlfiles\MySettings.xml”’ where D:\xmlfiles\MySettings.xml is replaced with a XML file with your customized settings, GeoMedia will launch and the customized settings will be set. Naturally, this could be rolled into a standard Windows shortcut that will launch your customized settings when you launch GeoMedia.
As a whole, if you like to have different GUI setups depending on the workflow e.g. "setup A" for digitizing, "setup B" map analysis, and "setup C" for plotting, this functionality should be quite useful. As all you would need to do is setup three distinct customized settings XML files and three corresponding GeoMedia shortcuts to launch your customized settings.
However, for me personally, I’d rather see you be able to save the settings on a geoworkspace by geoworkspace instance. This is something that you could do with ArcView 3.x and I believe you can even do with ArcGIS. This to me is much more beneficial as you can customize the GUI for "application A" that would involve data entry in one way and customize the GUI for "application B" that involves a lot of querying with another interface. Both would be triggered by the launching of a .gws as opposed to a GeoMedia shortcut. Of course another way to do this would be to be able to call GeoMedia, a customized settings XML file, and a .gws; all in one shortcut. However I haven’t been able to find a way to do this yet. If anybody has any ideas, please let me know.
Finally, one barrier to really making this useful is GeoMedia’s HORRIBLE handling of toolbar locations. To this day, I often have my toolbars jump around and move to different locations when I load GeoMedia. This has been a problem as long as I’ve used the software. Let me assure you, the customized settings command does NOTHING to solve this. Even if I save my settings with only one row of tools, when I load the settings, it’s very likely that the toolbars will not appear in the same one line of tools but will again appear in many different lines. I’m thinking you could probably get around this issue by creating one "master" toolbar with just the tools that you need. However if you’re going to use multiple toolbars, be prepared to have them "jump" around. This to me is really a showstopper.
When I saved the settings, there were no gaps between the various toolbars.
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