Batch Thumbnail creation in Python

08-26-2014 08:33 AM
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Please could ESRI create an easy to use python module/function (for 10.2.1 onwards) to auto generate the metadata thumbnail so that it can be iterated to process datasets in bulk? 

The only way I see is to preview the geography of the dataset in ArcCatalog and then hit the thumbnail button.  I have recently created a python metadata tool which modifies metadata from a lookup table and the final thing I need is to generate a thumbnail to make it fully automated. 

During large data management projects this is a required task to get the metadata to the standard requried.  I can't believe this is not already integrated into an arcpy function.  Perhaps it can be done in ArcObjects but I don't have the knowledge for that.

Metadata is not much fun but I know we can make it less painful!
This might be helpful for you:  

We include a batch thumbnail generator.  An example is here:

Hope this helps.
Thanks Bruce but it looks like it's still involving the GUI rather than full automation in python but it's a step closer for sure- if it works- just need to test it.