A map book is a collection of pages printed or exported together. Many of the pages contain maps, but the book can also include title pages, overview maps, charts, graphs, tables, and other content. The maps for the book typically contain a series of individual maps at large map scale that cover a larger geographic area.
Many organizations have a need to create these map books. For example, a utility company might want to generate a map book detailing their assets across a service area. A map book for this utility company could include a series of maps, each at a large scale, along with a title page, and an overview map. These resources would then be joined together into a single document that could be printed or distributed as a pdf file.
ArcGIS provides all the tools you need to create map books in printed or Adobe PDF format.
At its simplest, anyone can create a map book by manually printing a title page, then some map pages, and anything else they want to include in the compiled document. But this process is made more reasonable and efficient when software can automate the process. ArcGIS provides that capability through a combination of Data Driven Pages and arcpy.mapping Python scripts.
- Module 1: Introduction to Map Books
- Module 2: Map Book Types
- Reference Series Map Book
- Map Book with Title Page and Overview Map
- Map Book with Ancillary Documents (Reports, Charts, Graphs, Tables)
- Map Book with Facing Pages
- Strip Map Book
- Thematic Map Book
- Reference Map Book with Insets
- Module 3: Data Driven Pages
- Introduction to the Data Driven Pages Toolbar
- Creating Data Driven Pages
- Creating the Grid Index Feature Layer
- Supporting Geoprocessing Tools
- Module 4: Creating the Layout Page
- Sizing the Page
- Using Dynamic Text
- Page Definition Queries
- Module 5: Updating and Exporting Your Map Book
- Module 6: Automating the Process with Python (no Python experience required)
8 GISP Credit Hours
Course Formats and Pricing
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