I used the GeoTagged Photos to Points tool to convert a folder of geotagged photos to points, importing the photos into the file gdb as attachments. I now have a feature class of about 7 000 points.

I have selected 100 of the points and now need to put this into a new feature class in a different gdb. However, the points lose their attachments when exported to a different gdb, and copying the original attachment table to the new gdb results in all 7 000 being copied.

Trying to associated the match table with the new feature class using Add Attachments fails because the geotagged conversion tool automatically stores the image paths as relative not absolute. Is there a way for me to extract the selected photos along with their attached images to a new feature class?

  • I've added my workaround below, though I would still like to know if there is a better way to do this. Jun 11, 2013 at 14:37
  • I have not tested but intuitively I would expect using the Select_analysis tool to do this with a Standard or Advanced license (Basic cannot write attachments because it cannot write relationship classes). Is that the method you tried?
    – PolyGeo
    Jun 11, 2013 at 20:04
  • I was manually selecting the points because visually I had to spread them also evenly across my study area, and I also had to check the photo quality before selecting the point, so I just did a normal export. Afterwards I tried a combo of joining to the attachment table/copying the table over, both of which did not work (wasn't really expecting it to). I will try the Select with a few test points now. Jun 12, 2013 at 5:25

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As a workaround, I used a search cursor to extract the paths of images from the points I selected, copied those images to a new folder, and then ran the geotagged photos tool on that.


If using ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 you can 'export to xml' and add the xml in the new GDB.

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