shrug-l: opening outsiders' MXDs

Kimberly Steele ksteele at
Tue Sep 8 09:45:21 EDT 2009

I am going to go with the ever popular "Permission issue". You simply do not have the proper permissions set to view a file that you did not create.

Kimberly Steele
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From: April Herrett [mailto:htstech at]
Sent: Monday, September 07, 2009 10:50 AM
To: 'Tripp Corbin'; 'Andrasek, Shereen (DP&Z)'; shrug-l at
Subject: RE: shrug-l: opening outsiders' MXDs


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 (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
Shereen Andrasek, Principal Planner
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