ArcIMS Tutorial Write-up


By Jeff Conner as given by Lela Prashad


1.        Get the shape file, which is point data, line data or polygon data. They are saved as .dbf and .shp files.

-          the dbf files can be opened with a text editor to view


  1. Open aimsauthor from terminal window.

A.      Go to the Layer menu and select Add Layer

-          Can look for shape or image files

-          Uses Mr. Sid compression for TIFFs

B.       Navigate to shape file directory

-          The name will show up to the right with the file name

-          The files to be placed on the web should be in NAD27 format projections

C.       Click on/off points on the legend at the left of the screen

D.      Layers (to change symbology)

-          Select unique for some

-          Can select by fields

E.       Click save and the file is saved to an axl file.

F.       Exit aimsauthor


  1. Open aimsadmin from the terminal window

A.      Click on the blue looking cog icon for services manager

B.       Click on new service

-          Give the service a name

-          Navigate to the AXL file you saved in step 2

-          Select image server from the drop down menu

    1. Shutdown aimsadmin and save.


  1. Open aimsdesigner from the terminal window

         Select a name for the website

         Select a title for the website

         Click on next

         Select service that was created in aimdadmin

         Click on next

         Select just the html viewer not java

         Click on next

         Click on next

         Click extent of all services

         Click on next

         Choose service overview map

         Select tools: select defaults and make sure they are able to print

         Click on next

         Select the website directory: pick the default

         Click on next

         Scripts will now run in the terminal window that aimsdesigner was launched from

         This completed this section. Close aimsdesigner.


  1. Check that the website is up and working by going to:<website directory>
  2. This completes this write-up