Export Map Series so Single PDF file is created for each group

03-23-2021 01:45 PM
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In ArcGIS Pro 2.6.1, I have created a map series of pruning maps. The map series is grouped by neighbourhood name. One neighbourhood might have 9 pruning maps and one might have 2. I would like to export the pruning maps so that each neighbourhood exports as a single PDF. Is there a way to export by the group as a single .pdf and still take advantage of the 'page name as suffix' naming option. 


In the example shown above, I'd like Alberta Avenue to export as a .pdf with 7 pages, Beacon Heights/Beverley Heights to export as a .pdf with 7 pages and Belgravia to export as a .pdf with only the one page. I can export each neighbourhood as a .pdf manually, but I have 400 neighborhoods and it is slow going. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

This might not be possible with the built-in settings, unless you were to create a separate index layer. Doable with the arcpy.mp, though. I have a similar process for generating separate map series outputs for subdivisions.

You'll need your layout and map series already configured first, but once those are ready, you can follow a process like this:

  1. Query distinct values from desired "series" table. In your case, "neighborhood".
  2. For each value in the neighborhood field:
    1. Set the definition query on your layers to only be those features with a matching neighborhood value
    2. Export a single-file map series, using the neighborhood value as the file name

I will leave it to you to explore that option if you decide to pursue it. It may be a bit of trial and error, but it's doable.

- Josh Carlson
Kendall County GIS
Occasional Contributor III

This is an issue I run into as well. I am exporting a USNG map book by township, but when I export by group name, each page in each group overwrites the other which I feel like totally defeats the purpose of having a feature that exports by group name. I end up having to go through and select all the pages in each map series group, exporting them group by group as a single PDF and renaming them each time. I feel like the ArcGIS Pro team either doesn't know that this is happening or I am very confused on what they intend the export by "multiple pdf by group name" to be useful for. I'm in ArcGIS Pro 2.9. 

Teresa Blader
Olmsted County GIS Specialist
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