I am doing some basic constraint mapping in ArcMap 10.1 and need some pointers on organizing my project for portability. My project TOC in ArcMap contains shapefiles in the following structure:
Project Details -Project Lands
Features -POI's, roads, railways etc
Constraints -Setbacks from features
Typically the folder structure for our Arcmap and data looks like this:
Arcmap file path: Client -> Project -> ArcMap -> Date -> mxd file
Shape file paths: Client -> Project -> Data -> Data Type i.e. Project detail, feature, constraint -> Date -> shp file
Often we will package up the Arcmap and shp files to send to the client. What is the easiest way to do this without breaking links in Arcmap? With the folder structure the way that it is, I am unable to only pull the Arcmap -> Date -> mxd file and Data -> Date -> shp files.
I have played with exporting/importing to/from file geodatabases in ArcCatalog but don't think this is the solution other than it being just one file rather than a bunch of different shape files to send to the client.
The other solution that I think should work would be making the paths relative but it seems whenever I change a folder name it breaks the data source and I end up having to reconnect everything which is error prone.