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On Demand PDF Maps made easy using ArcPy with ArcGIS Pro

Map Automation using sub-module, Python scripting and tool validation

When starting to use the ArcPy site-package of ArcGIS Pro within Python scripting, it is important to understand the workflow for writing and configuring a Python script tool that creates On Demand PDF Maps using, tool validation, cursors and pseudo-dynamic text.

In this 40 minute course of 8 videos, which is suitable for English-speaking students from anywhere in the world, you will:

  • Create a New Project with two Maps
  • Author a layout with Main and Overview Map Frames suitable for an On Demand PDF Map application;
  • Use the Python Pane to understand the Zoom To Feature coding pattern
  • Write a Python script to use to zoom to feature(s) meeting an SQL expression and export a PDF map;
  • Configure a Python script tool to produce On Demand PDF Maps;
  • Enhance your On Demand PDF Maps tool to populate pick lists using tool validation and cursors;
  • Enhance your On Demand PDF Maps tool with a pseudo dynamic map title; and
  • much more!

Before commencing this course you should:

  • check that you have suitable versions of any software required for this course, and
  • download any required data

Checking your version of ArcGIS Pro

This particular course was recorded using ArcGIS Pro at version 1.1.1 but should also work at version 1.1, and any later versions like 1.2 which is soon to be released. Some parts will not work in ArcGIS Pro 1.0 because that version did not have support for Extent Indicators.

If you are unsure how to check the version of ArcGIS Pro that you are using then please view Check your ArcGIS Pro version from PolyGeo's YouTube video channel.

If you do not have access to a suitable version of ArcGIS Pro then perhaps consider purchasing ArcGIS for Home Use from Esri (direct if you are in the US, or via one of its distributors, if elsewhere). The cost is understood to be about $100 per annum, and includes an Advanced level license of ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Pro, as well as many of their extensions.

Checking your version of Python

This course also uses Python and was recorded using IDLE at version 3.4.1 which comes with ArcGIS Pro 1.1.1. If you are using an earlier or later version of ArcGIS Pro then the version number may not be quite the same. However it is critical that, when working with ArcGIS Pro 1.x, you are using Python 3.x.

If you are unsure how to check the version of Python that you are using then please view Check your Python Version for ArcGIS Pro and/or ArcGIS for Desktop via IDLE from PolyGeo's YouTube video channel.

Downloading Natural Earth data

This course uses up to four shapefiles which can be downloaded from Natural Earth:

  • ne_10m_admin_0_countries.shp (Countries - polygons)
  • ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces.shp (States and Provinces - polygons)
  • ne_10m_populated_places.shp (Populated Places - points)
  • ne_10m_railroads.shp (Railroads - lines)

In the lesson videos these will be found in the C:\polygeo folder, so it is recommended that you place them there too.

It is also recommended that you keep a copy of the polygeo folder, with these four shapefiles, as they were immediately after downloading, so that if you want to repeat the course, or undertake another eLearning video tutorial from PolyGeo via Discover Spatial, then it will be available to copy instead of having to re-download the data.

If you do not already have the C:\polygeo folder with the above four shapefiles, then please view Download Natural Earth Data and Preview in ArcGIS Pro from PolyGeo's YouTube video channel

Your Instructor

Graeme Browning
Graeme Browning

Graeme provides training, consulting and support in:

  • ArcGIS for Desktop;
  • ArcGIS Pro;
  • ArcPy/Python and ModelBuilder/Geoprocessing generally;
  • ArcGIS Online and Story Maps;
  • Family HiStory Mapping; and
  • Google Earth .

He has been using Esri software for over 25 years (18 of those with Esri International Distributors in the United Kingdom and Australia), and Google Earth for more than 5 years, and works with the latest versions of the ArcGIS platform and Google Earth.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is not open for enrolment.