Data Driven Pages with changing shapefiles?

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08-13-2013 03:01 PM
TomKearns
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I am interested in creating a map book of a polygon split into four quarters, but also that has different polygons overlaid on it.  After each four pages (set up by my index layer) a new polygon would be overlaid and the next four pages exported.  Is this possible? I have about 100 polygons in a .gdb that I would like to automate the overlay and export of for a total of 400 maps.
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JohnSobetzer
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Look at page definition queries in Data Driven Pages.  I would Google on ArcGIS Page Definition queries but here's one link: http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//00s50000002z000000

Not knowing your particular situation I'll guess you would have an index layer of 400 features and a field added to it and to your polygon layer with a unique value for each one.  It might take a little while to set up but using copy and paste methods it might not be bad.  Once set up it's a piece of cake to use.

If you don't want to do that you might look at Arcpy and combine that with DDP/

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JohnSobetzer
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Look at page definition queries in Data Driven Pages.  I would Google on ArcGIS Page Definition queries but here's one link: http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//00s50000002z000000

Not knowing your particular situation I'll guess you would have an index layer of 400 features and a field added to it and to your polygon layer with a unique value for each one.  It might take a little while to set up but using copy and paste methods it might not be bad.  Once set up it's a piece of cake to use.

If you don't want to do that you might look at Arcpy and combine that with DDP/
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TomKearns
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Page definition queries worked perfectly.  Thank you.

Here is the link I ended up using:
http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//00s90000003p000000

Edit: The ony copy paste that was necessary was of my featureclass.  The index layer was then turned off, the page definition query was set on the copy and it updates as the index is moved along.
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