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Installing the Map Magic dll into Arc Map version 9.x for use with Crash Magic Online

Article created: Jun 01 2009, updated: Jun 01 2009

Background:  This article was created to show users how to install the Map Magic dll for ArcMap.

Status:  Info - "how to" article
Keywords:  install,dll,mapmagic,map,magic
Categories:   *Installation and setup* *Configuration*


Users that have not worked with plugins may not know how to install a plugin for ArcMap. This article has been created to walk users through the process.

Before you begin you should make sure that your Crash Magic configuration supports GIS data, that you have a copy of the Map Magic settings file, and that ArcMap version 9 is loaded on the machine that will be installed to. Once the Map Magic plugin has been installed you will need to load the settings file. This will allow Map Magic to speak to Crash Magic.


There are three main points to getting your map working with Map Magic. The first item is to save the dll to your computer. Then add the buttons to ArcMap. After that just upload the file that contains your settings. The following is a detailed description of theses items.

Save the dll to your computer.

  1. Create a directory structure to store the dll for Arc Map. Pd Programming recommends C:\Program Files\PdMagic\MapMagic\CMO\, but your policies my dictate a different location.
  2. Open Crash Magic and click on the Downloads tab on your home page.
  3. Right click on the MapMagicCMO.dll link.
  4. Select "Save Target As".
  5. Save to the directory that you created (C:\Program Files\PdMagic\MapMagic\CMO\MapMagicCMO.dll).

Add the buttons to Arc Map.

  1. Open Arc Map and select your GIS map.
  2. Right click on the tool bar and select Customize... in the menu.
  3. Click on the Commands tab.
  4. Click the Add from file... button.
  5. Locate, and select MapMagicCMO.dll that you saved (C:\Program Files\PdMagic\MapMagic\CMO\MapMagicCMO.dll).
  6. Click the Open button.
  7. Click OK to add the objects.
  8. Drag the each button shown in the Commands list to your Arc Map tool bar.
  9. Click the Close button when you have placed all of the buttons.

Upload the file that contains your settings

  1. Click on the Map Magic Settings button.
  2. Click on the Common tab of the Settings window.
  3. Click the Import settings button.
  4. Click Yes to overwrite all settings in Map Magic.
  5. Select your settings file, and click Open.
  6. Click the Save button to save the settings.

The settings should now be loaded. Check the XY selection tool, and the Send selections tool to ensure they are calling Crash Magic.


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