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Map packages for ArcGIS 9.3.1

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  • It would be nice if ArcGIS 10 could create map packages that could be opened in ArcGIS 9.3.1...perhaps a patch could be provided for 9.3.1 that allowed 9.3.1 Desktop clients to extract a map package. The MXD and data inside would be in 9.3.1 format. If that's not possible, then when ArcGIS 10.1 comes out, the map packages it creates should be backward-compatible with ArcGIS 10 clients.

    The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency uses "finishing packages" (MXDs and associated data in a zip file; essentially a map package before there were map packages) created in ArcGIS Server and delivered to Desktop clients for cartographic finishing. The Desktop clients are usually one ArcGIS version behind the server that generates the finishing package, since upgrading all Desktop workstations is a big deal that doesn't happen until a year after the new release, typically. So, having the ability to create an earlier-version MXD and geodatabase is important for them.
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    Posted by   jlarios  to ArcGIS DesktopFederal Government Aug 4, 2010

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Oct 31, 2010
It's a good point. Map packages aren't a particularly compelling way for users to 'share' data if they only work in version 10.0 and above. Similar issue with layer packages. They can only be opened in 9.3.1 and above, so if an agency wants to make its data available to all ArcGIS users, which includes people using 9.3 and earlier, the packaged data solution doesn't do the job completely: they'll still have to make shapefiles available for people who can't open packages....

Aug 9, 2010
Dear jlarios,

Map packages and schema only layer packages are not backward compatible with ArcGIS 9.3.1 because this functionality is new to ArcGIS 10.
However, with the future release of ArcGIS 10.1, they will be backward compatible with ArcGIS 10. Most ArcGIS 10 layer packages are backward compatible with ArcGIS 9.3.1, but there are a few exceptions.

ArcGIS Ideas Moderation Team



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