Those of you who are using (or considering using) Trimble TerraFlex are most likely aware of the new release earlier this week. Included in this release is the Trimble TerraFlex Desktop add-in, an ArcMap add-in that can be used to publish projects from and download completed forms into your existing geodatabase. If you’ve already downloaded and installed it, you’ve probably noticed a number of similarities to the Trimble Positions Desktop add-in. In fact, they share the same underlying components and quite a bit of source code. A few things to note:
- Both products can be installed and enabled at the same time within ArcMap. It is highly recommended to run Positions Desktop add-in version 10.2.2.1 if you intend to run TerraFlex Desktop add-in version 2.0. Trimble does not guarantee compatibility with older versions of Positions Desktop add-in.
- The TerraFlex Desktop add-in inherits the same ArcMap version support (10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2) and geodatabase support (file, personal, enterprise) as the Positions Desktop add-in.
- The ‘default’ TerraFlex Desktop add-in configuration (single-user, built-in Jet database) will not be used if a Positions Desktop add-in configuration (single-user or all-users) is found on the machine. In this case, both add-ins will use the same database connection settings. Although projects and project settings will be stored in the same physical database, they are only visible from the add-in where they were created.
- When running both add-ins at the same time, only one log file will be used and it will receive messages from both add-ins. Depending on the (internal) order in which the add-ins load within ArcMap, this will either be PositionsDesktopAddIn.log or TerraFlexDesktopAddIn.log in the folder: