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Make ArcMap an effective WFS Client

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  • Build an effective client interface for WFS services in ArcMap. Instead of using the interoperability tools to download the entire WFS and convert it to featureclasses, make ArcMap compose bounding-box-based GetFeature requests to the WFS server, then recieve and render only that returned data. It basically works this way for WMS already, so let's see it work for WFS too.
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    Posted by   ryan.clark  to ArcGIS Desktop Jun 22, 2010

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Sep 24, 2013
I agree totally, include WFS2.0 functionality as well.

Nov 12, 2012
It's pretty rubbish that this has not been implemented at 10.1.  I've got a client that currently uses ArcGIS Desktop (ArcView). I want to deploy a WFS to them for their project data for easy delivery/easy updating.

I'll recommend they should go for QGIS as a WFS client.

Mathias Westin 
Nov 30, 2010
This is needed in ArcGIS Engine as well.

Jun 24, 2010
At 9.3 ESRI made changes to the wfs.db file so that the bounding box was always the full extent of the data and not the active view. This wreaks havoc when WFS service are limited to 2000 records. ESRI Australia provided a fix which can be downloaded from the Landgate SLIP site

If the link doesn't work then simply insert this into your existing wfs.db file:

But for a leading edge GIS company, ESRI sure don't handle WFS and WMS very well at all!!


Jun 22, 2010
Cache features as they are acquired. Have to figure out what happens when view frame includes all features in service. 



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