In order to digitize exact features in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1, our draftsman would like to use auxiliary features (lines and points mostly) that don't have to be saved later on. I told them the easiest way was to digitize the auxiliary features into a seperate shapefile - is there a simpler or better way?
(in case I didn't explain what I want very good I'll give an example. Suppose someone has to digitize a lighting post (point feature) 4 meters from a curb. In Autocad our draftsman would have digitized a line four meters long, using snapping he'd put a lighting post feature in the end of the line (in a different layer), and in the end he'd erase the line.
Is there any way to mimck the process without actually digitizing into a shp/gdb?)