Map Series (Individual page edits)

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11-21-2019 07:17 AM
MatthewDondanville1
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I am trying to build a workflow to move our boundary survey drafting to ArcGIS pro. This has been working great and saves hours. The workflow automatically fills out the legal description and deed as well as uses parcel fabric to create the bearing, distance, etc. I have gotten the question asking if we can edit 1 page in a 200+ page map series to have different or additional information. I want to keep the whole workflow in pro, but ever once in a while there are a few pages/parcels that need an additional note or custom wording that cannot be derived from dynamic text like the rest of the legal description/deeds. 

I am looking for help figuring out a workflow and proposing an proposing an idea to ESRI on how to edit single map series pages in these unique situations. I would think that there could be a checkbox in the text box attributes that allow you direct that specific layout feature to only be displayed on a specific page. 

For now, I am hoping that someone else has thought of this and has a workaround for the workflow. The only solution I have come up with right now is to have an overarching text box where the user can fill out the outlier legal descriptions that cannot be derived from data. The text box is only turned visible for those specific pages. Unfortunately this is a manual process in the middle of an auto export of 200+ pages. 

Thank you

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TomBole
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi Matthew, 

Unfortunately there is no out-of-the-box functionality that provides individual page edits to a Map Series. I noticed that you created an Idea for this - https://community.esri.com/ideas/17636. We will monitor this suggestion for consideration in a future release. Thanks for entering it!  In the meantime, I think you might be able to use python (ArcPy.mp) to help automate your workflow. 

Here is a link to the Map Series/ArcPy help topic MapSeries—ArcPy | ArcGIS Desktop.

Here is a link to the ArcGIS,com Python Map Automation group where you can find some samples

http://www.arcgis.com/home/group.html?id=398a345905c845e38229c15f5353d4e9#overview.

Hope this helps, 

Tom

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TomBole
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi Matthew, 

Unfortunately there is no out-of-the-box functionality that provides individual page edits to a Map Series. I noticed that you created an Idea for this - https://community.esri.com/ideas/17636. We will monitor this suggestion for consideration in a future release. Thanks for entering it!  In the meantime, I think you might be able to use python (ArcPy.mp) to help automate your workflow. 

Here is a link to the Map Series/ArcPy help topic MapSeries—ArcPy | ArcGIS Desktop.

Here is a link to the ArcGIS,com Python Map Automation group where you can find some samples

http://www.arcgis.com/home/group.html?id=398a345905c845e38229c15f5353d4e9#overview.

Hope this helps, 

Tom

GT_UTCO
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If it is just text, you can workaround this by adding a text field (or fields depending on how many are needed) to the grid feature you are using for your map series. Just place your text you want on a particular page in that field for the given page. You can then add the attribute type of dynamic text that you want to show up on the given page and then position and format it. The big down side to this, unless you can format and place text in the same place for multiple pages, is that you will need a field for each piece of text you add. 

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