Data driven pages should have more export file type options

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07-22-2010 11:28 AM
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PDF is super useful, but sometimes exporting a map book series to JPG, TIFF, or perhaps other options may be useful for users.

This was available in DS map books, please bring this functionality back sp users don't need to add the step of exporting from the PDF file.

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We do have an enhancement in our system to export to more formats other than PDF via the UI. However you can do this using Python, as documented in the export data driven pages help topic.

See the Code Samples > Data Driven Pages Example 1 in this help topic:

http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#/DataDrivenPages/00s300000030000000/
Cool. Thanks.

I don't mind some arcpy, but I know some people that find it's flavour a bit sour. For that reason I think in the next version exporting multiple data driven pages to multiple files that are TIFFs or JPEGs (or whatever) should be considered as a part of the Export Map UI.
The arcpy is great and all, but this seems to be a pretty standard thing that one should be able to do without having to script it.

This is also a desired ability in ArcGIS Pro. 
I have written up this as an Idea for ArcGIS Pro that has been tagged as duplicative of this request.
I sure hope it doesn't take 8 years and persist in the next version of ESRI software without a solution other than code it yourself.
Share & Export All Pages of Map Series ArcGIS Pro to JPG, etc. 

We've pretty much got our operations transitioned from ArcMap to ArcPro. We've generated several map series in ArcPro, outputting to PDF. Works great. Now we need a series of 170 PNG map images for our web site. I thought that surely we could also use the ArcPro Map Series functionality, and just choose a different output format. Apparently not so at present. This would seem to me to be logical functionality to have. I guess now, my options are 1) find an efficient way to create images from PDF, 2) export map series maps to PNG format one by one, or 3) figure out how to accomplish this via Python.

I'm using Pro's Map Series to produce maps for our staff archeologists to use in the field.  Paper pdfs are helpful, but I need georeferenced output that can be used by Avenza and Trimble Terrasync as background files.  To get those, I have to page through the series, activate the map frame and export each map separately.  Being able to batch export, with world files, would be a huge time saver.  I'll take a look at the python possibilities, but I don't have time to learn much about coding.

It would be helpful to export to geoTiff or to Raster Catalog in a geodatabase as .tif format rather than having to export to geoPdf, then requiring the use of PDF to TIFF conversion option, then to raster catalog. Why only a PDF format when we work with file geodatabases and SDE in ArcGIS?

This is quite necessary for many in my firm. We are for the most part creating long reports where we need standardized maps of each feature or area. This could be 2 to several hundred features, where all should be imported into word as .png or .jpg.  Also, most of our users have almost never seen a python (snake or script) and it is therefore not a viable solution for them to start scripting.

It would be a real timesaver for many of us.

However. I might create my own export tool, but this seams a bit unnecessary as this feature was implemented in ArcMap.

PS: loves the new bookmark map series.