shrug-l: opening outsiders' MXDs

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Fri Sep 4 23:38:50 EDT 2009

The only time I have experienced problems opening someone elses MXD is when it has an imbedded image file that I do not have such as a logo. Other wise It will always open. Of course it normally shows red ! in the TOC but that is expected. It might also be caused by the use of an extension such as Maplex you may not have. 
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From: shrug-l-bounces at on behalf of Andrasek, Shereen (DP&Z)
Sent: Fri 9/4/2009 11:11 AM
To: shrug-l at
Subject: shrug-l: opening outsiders' MXDs

Hello Fellow GISers,

I have never been able to open any colleague's mxd.  I had accepted this as the status quo until Janis Paulsen sent out a solution to her problem with an attached mxd.  I was curious why she sent an mxd instead of a pdf or jpg.  When I tried to open her mxd, I got the message saying "The map document was saved using a newer version of ArcGIS".   Ok, that's simple enough - different versions equals a compatibility issue.  However, she was able to open the mxd I sent her.  Assumption: Lower versions can be opened with higher versions... maybe.  Hmmm, whenever I try to open a colleague's mxd, I get the message: "Could not open the specified document".  Why?  Janis thought that this may be a question for SHRUG-L and I thought, why not.  Let's see what the collaborative powers of the great minds of SHRUG GISers can come up with.


Thanks to all,


~~ Shereen 
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