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This exercise is included in the tutorial: Using GeoAgro GIS
This module allows you to link and open any type of file from GeoAgro GIS. The concept is that image files, text, videos or any other files can be linked to layers or objects in layers in GeoAgro GIS. In a way, the files will be virtually georeferenced, given that they'll accessed from their spatial location.

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Where to Do the Exercises


The first step to complete the exercises in this tutorial is to set up the computer you will be working on. You may either:

  • Work on your own computer: If you completed our Getting Started Course, your system and datasets are ready to go through this learning guide. You will be able to use our GeoAgro GIS trial version for 2 months. From now on, you are ready to begin with any learning guide you wish.
  • Work on a virtual computer provided by GeoAgro: This does not require any previous installation. See Prepare a GGS Tutorial on a virtual computer


The following instructions apply to either method, unless otherwise specified.

Exercise 01 – Data Associated with a Layer

Add, Modify, View, and Delete Files Associated with a Layer

In this exercise you will associate a .pdf file containing Map Units description for an entire county, with a layer.

Download the file from http://www.geoagro.com/downloads/sampledata/iowa/hardin/MapUnitDescription_HardinCounty.pdf to your computer and remember it's location.

Note Note: The Report was downloaded from http://soildatamart.nrcs.usda.gov

Activate the Soils layer in the Reference Panel. Go to the Navigation Panel and click on the arrow for the Interaction Module tool-set drop-down menu Interaction Module. Select the Layer Files option.

Layer Files

A window called 'File Manager' will pop-up where you will be able to choose the file to be associated. Go the upper menu in the dialog box and click on the Add File button Add File.

Browse for the file 'MapUnitDescription_HardinCounty.pdf', which you have previously downloaded. Click on OK. A dialog box will pop-up displaying the following information:


Interaction Module

In case you do not wish this box to be displayed each time you upload a file using the Interaction Module, check the “Do Not Display This Message Again” box. Click on OK.

Go back to the Interaction Module tool. Select the Layer Files Viewer.

Layer Files Viewer

Once the viewer is ON, the tool icon looks like this Layer Files Viewer


Place your cursor on the layer that you have associated with the .pdf file. A message will be displayed regarding the contents and properties of the layer.

Layer Files Viewer

In order to view the associated file, click on 'MapUnitDescription_HardinCounty.pdf', which is highlighted in green. The file will opened.

Note Note: You can associate as many files as you wish, the only limitation is the amount of free space you may have in your computer

Now you will delete the file associated with the layer. Go back to the Navigation Panel and click on the arrow for the Interaction Module tool-set drop-down menu Interaction Module. Select the Layer Files option. Select File

Select the file and click on the Delete File tool Delete File in the upper menu.

Delete File

You will be asked to confirm the removal of the file. Click on Yes.

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Exercise 02 – Data Associated with an Object

Add, Modify, View, and Delete Files Associated to an Object

In this exercise you will associate a .pdf file containing information regarding one specific Map unit with it's corresponding object from the Soils layer.
Download the file from http://www.tekconsultants.net/files/Support/Tutorial/GGS/MapUnitDescription_95-HarpsLoam.pdf to your computer and please remember it's location.

Note Note: The Report was downloaded from http://soildatamart.nrcs.usda.gov

Activate the 'Soils' layer in the Reference Panel and Click on the Search tool Find objects and fill it as follows.

Find objects

After clicking on Accept, you'll receive a message like this.

One object

Go to the Navigation Panel and click on the arrow for the Interaction Module tool drop-down menu Interaction Module. Select the Object Files Viewer option.
Object Files

A window called 'File Manager' will pop-up where you will be able to choose the file to be associated. Go to the upper menu in the dialog box and click on the Add File button Add File.

Browse for the file 'MapUnitDescription_95-HarpsLoam.pdf', which you have previously downloaded. Click on Ok. A dialog box will pop-up displaying the following information:

Interaction Module

In case you do not wish this box to be displayed each time you upload a file using the Interaction Module, check the “Do Not Display This Message Again” box. Click on Ok.
As you can see below, the file has been attached to the object:

File Attached to Layer Object

Close the File Manager. Go back to the Interaction Module tool. Select the Object File Viewer.
Object File Viewer

This is what the tool icon looks like: Objects Viewer

Place your cursor on the 'Crops' layer. A mark will appear on the '95' object. Select it. The name of the file associated with the object will be displayed in green font.

Object File

If you click on the link, the file will be opened.

Next you will delete the file associated with the layer object. Go back to the Navigation Panel and click on the arrow for the Interaction Module tool-set drop-down menu. Select the Object Files option.

Place your cursor on the file and click on the Delete File tool Delete file in the upper menu:

Delete Object File

You will be asked to confirm the removal of the file. Click on Yes.

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