Better integration of Grid Index Features and Data Driven Pages

Idea created by enile on Jul 7, 2011
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    Data Driven Pages are a great tool that makes GIS work for the users.  Here are some suggestions for improvement.

    1) Add the Grid Index Features tool to the Data Driven Pages toolbar.  The functionality of these two tools working together is important, and should be accessible from the same location.
    2) Automatically add the data fields to the feature class created by the Grid Index Features tool.  The Setup Data Driven Pages popup can take advantage of several fields, but only two are created with the Grid Index Features tool.
        a) PageScale, could have a check box to populate field with current scale, or user choice
        b) PageRotation, 0 would be a fine default, or use the current data frame rotation, or user choice
        c) PageSpatialReference, options could be the data frame, the feature class, or user choice
        d) PageText, this is field is not specifically mentioned in the DDP setup and any field can be used to insert text, but having a field added would make the process flow better.
    3) Add the ability for the Grid Index Features to have overlap.  The default of no overlap is good, but sometimes it is important to actually see where the edge of each page is so annotation can be placed to avoid being cut off when the map pages are produced.  The overlap could be specified as a % of each page, specified in page units, or in map units.

    Thanks for this great tool, I hope the next version will be even better.

    Emmor