Batch mxd printing to PDF

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09-30-2010 12:49 PM
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JorgeGoicochea
New Contributor II

I have many mxds with layouts that I need to press to pdf.  Currently my process is:
open each mxd and wait for the layers and labels to draw and then I have to press the print button and wait until the machine is done to repeat the operation.  It would be nice if I could choose the mxds that I need to print, and leave the process running over the weekend.

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DavidWatkins
At ArcGIS 10 you can do this with a simple Python script.  A great place to start with this is by visiting some of the links in this blog post:
http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/arcgisdesktop/archive/2010/09/24/Getting-started-with-Python-map-aut...

In here you will also find the link to a bunch of sample scripts, including a script to automate the export of multiple .mxd files to pdf.  
http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/geoprocessing/details?entryID=A910AB18-1422-2418-3418-3885D...

JamesCokinos
If you are still in ArcGIS&nbsp;9.2 or 9.3.<br /> <br /> See the following:<br /> <img src="https://c.na1.content.force.com/servlet/rtaImage?refid=0EM30000000CpVl" alt="User-added image" /><br /> <br /> Author:Alberto Laurenti<br /> File Name: BatchExportArcGisMaps_1.7.3.zip<br /> Language: Visual Basic<br /> Last Modified: Oct 27 2009 <br /> Status of work: Public Domain<br /> Software: ArcGIS Desktop (compatibility with ArcGIS 9.3 - see readme.txt file)<br /> File Size: 151.87 kb<br /> Downloads: 3003<br /> <br /> Source: <br /> <a class="postlink" href="http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=15922">http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=15922... /> <br /> ESRI - Support Center Downloads for ArcScripts<br /> <a class="postlink" href="http://arcscripts.esri.com/">http://arcscripts.esri.com/</a><br /> <br /> Other <span class="posthilit">Batch</span> Automation Tools for Map Exporting - ESRI Support Center<br /> <a class="postlink" href="http://arcscripts.esri.com/scripts.asp?pg=1&sb=1&ob=asc&eDate=&n=&top=&eLang=&eProd=&perPage=10&eQue... class="posthilit">batch</span><span class="posthilit"><br /> </span></a>