shrug-l: opening outsiders' MXDs

April Herrett htstech at
Mon Sep 7 11:50:29 EDT 2009



Another idea might be available RAM. Could be the fact that your machine
doesn't have the capacity to open that particular large .mxd . May try
closing all other apps before opening..    Try checking the file size
compared to others you have opened..


April Herrett

Ongoing GIS Student/ IT Consultant



From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tripp Corbin
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 11:39 PM
To: Andrasek, Shereen (DP&Z); shrug-l at
Subject: RE: shrug-l: opening outsiders' MXDs


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
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 
Shereen Andrasek, Principal Planner
Miami-Dade County Department of Planning & Zoning
111 NW First Street, Suite 1220, Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-2845 x8770
"Delivering Excellence Every Day" 


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