Create a map series with multiple linked map frames

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FCC_EnvironmentS_A_
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Arcgis pro 2.6

Can someone teach me to make this layout in arcgis pro (map series) (attached)?

I think this layout has 6 map frames, one for each day of the week. Somehow the map frames are linked to the ‘map series pages’ command in a way that the scale adapts itself to each one of them.

I would really appreciate the answers to the following questions:

Do I have to create a different map for each map frame?

Do I have different features class for each map?

How do I synchronize the 6 map frames with the map series?

Other than the answer to these doubts I would also appreciate some general feedback or tutorial to this feature.

I already tried following the instructions in this link https://support.esri.com/en/technical-article/000024006  to make two map frames, but it didn’t work (some of the future’s classes of the second map frame were cropped).

Thank you.

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TomBole
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The tools/functionality available in the ArcGIS Pro UI will only go so far in helping you create the kind of map series/map book product you describe. It'll help you get started. To avoid a lot of potential manual work I would recommend, and as Aubri suggest, that you look into ArcPy.mp (Python).

Here are some links to help you get started.

Help topics:

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/arcpy/mapping/introduction-to-arcpy-mp.htm

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/arcpy/mapping/mapseries-class.htm

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/arcpy/mapping/layout-class.htm

Samples:

List of samples - https://esriurl.com/8899

Thematic Map Series sample (IMHO possibly the closest match to your use case) - http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=eba53351ceb84b58b505dec5272e526c

Hope this helps,

Tom

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AubriKinghorn
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I'm not sure if a map series is what you are looking for here. The attached PDF only has one page. A map series is used to create multiple pages with a different map extent on each page. From the example you provided you just need 1 page with multiple maps, each map showing a different extent. Is that correct?

If that is what you need there are 2 available options. You can show the same map 6 times at different extents, or you can create 6 different maps. If the extent is the only thing changing in the maps you can use the same map and just have multiple map frames. If, however, the symbology/layer visibility/data/coordinate system need to be different you'll need new maps for each. 

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FCC_EnvironmentS_A_
New Contributor II

Thank you for your answer.

The attached pdf is just an example of one page in about a hundred (I only put one page as an example to not disclose any important information from my competition).

The project has various pages and that’s why I believe it is done using the map series tool, since it would be very hard to do all of it manually. It would be especially hard because in my case the symbology and scale change throughout the map frames.

Does that mean I have to create different maps for each page of the document manually? Isn’t there a tool that allows me to do this process in an easier way?

(more examples with no legend in the attachment).

Thank you.

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AubriKinghorn
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Ah okay, I see. A map series is based on a single map frame. Other map frames can exist on the page, but only one map frame can drive the map series. The index feature, the feature used as the extent for each map series page, must be selected from a single map. Other maps can be made to update using map frame constraints, but there are limits. See more here: https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/help/layouts/customizing-your-map-extent.htm.

If the map frame constraints will allow you to connect the maps in a way that works with one index feature then you can use the map series features in Pro to create what you want. If not, you probably need to use a  Python script to update each map frame and create your map series. Python can extend the maps series far beyond what is available in the map series settings. 

FCC_EnvironmentS_A_
New Contributor II

Ok, thanks.

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TomBole
Esri Regular Contributor

The tools/functionality available in the ArcGIS Pro UI will only go so far in helping you create the kind of map series/map book product you describe. It'll help you get started. To avoid a lot of potential manual work I would recommend, and as Aubri suggest, that you look into ArcPy.mp (Python).

Here are some links to help you get started.

Help topics:

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/arcpy/mapping/introduction-to-arcpy-mp.htm

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/arcpy/mapping/mapseries-class.htm

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/arcpy/mapping/layout-class.htm

Samples:

List of samples - https://esriurl.com/8899

Thematic Map Series sample (IMHO possibly the closest match to your use case) - http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=eba53351ceb84b58b505dec5272e526c

Hope this helps,

Tom

FCC_EnvironmentS_A_
New Contributor II

Now, I have a lot of work. I will see this with more attention shortly soon.

Thank you very much.

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