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How to use Draw Map Extent to Export Map based on Users Drawing

Question asked by aaronpdxpaul on Jul 25, 2018
Latest reply on Jul 30, 2018 by JBigos-esristaff

My goal is to provide Users the ability to draw a rectangle on a map to pass the extents back to export a .png of the extent drawn.

This would be done through a 

I see potential in the Clip and Ship functionality where the User Draws a Rectangle to pass the top and bottom x,y values.


My script currently uses a County Layer to select 1 or 2 counties.

The code then zooms to selected features extent.

This is sort of hit an miss as the user needs to know what counties to select.


I want the user to draw extent instead.

In that case, the If statement would go away.


map_extent = parameters[0].valueAsText
map_extent2 = parameters[
outfolder = arcpy.env.scratchWorkspace
mxd = r"\\Maps\MyMap.mxd"
if map_extent <> "Default Extent":
    expression = '"altName" IN' + " ('" + map_extent + "', '" + map_extent2 + "')"
    county_layer = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd)[0]
    arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management(county_layer, "NEW_SELECTION", expression)
    df = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mxd)[0]
outputPath = outfolder + os.sep + "Map.png"
arcpy.mapping.ExportToPNG(mxd, outputPath)
arcpy.SetParameterAsText(2, outputPath)

Thank you,