I have an ArcPad AXF file, created from a geodatabase. I've opened the AXF in ArcPad Studio and created some a custom edit form. It's all great.

But if the original geodatabase ever gets destroyed and I have to create a new AXF file, I will lose my custom forms, right?

Is there a way to script all that XML that makes up the custom form?

I really don't want to have go through all that ArcPad Studio GUI editing again.

I can see that it is possible to save the XML of a layer (including the custom edit form XML) as a .apl in ArcPad studio.

But how can I push that saved XML back into a new XML file?

Is there a way to script this?

2 Answers 2


OK, I now see that you can use an AXF template file during the initial checkout from ArcPad Data Manager. Still, it would be cool if you could just script it.

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    That is the only solution I have ever come across. Arcpad can be really useful but it does feel very dated compared to the rest of the ESRI products, and indeed other vendors offerings.
    – sgrieve
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 7:20
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    Agreed sgrieve, any attempts at technical support from ESRI on ArcPad and they just push ArcGIS Mobile on you. It's crazy that they continue to sell a product that they have no intention of supporting.
    – Roy
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 11:34
  • the main advantage of Arcpad , i think that is designed for offline surveys, while arcgis mobile is for online
    – geogeek
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 13:57
  • yup, and ArcGIS Mobile for Windows is not fun either. They're not even supporting Visual Studio 2010 yet.
    – rgwozdz
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 15:22
  • @Roy Yeah, I've noticed that too. Which sucks, as ArcPad does so much more out of the box!
    – om_henners
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 1:30

you can be independent towards AXF file by scripting in applets level. so won't care about the manner you made check ins , the script will always work

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