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where to begin - simple automation?

Question asked by desertsp on Jan 11, 2013
Latest reply on Jan 13, 2013 by jbarrette-esristaff
I???m producing PDF maps of some data, one map per region of our state. All the data is contained in a single shapefile that represents the entire state. I already have a ???base??? MXD file configured for one of the regions, and the other regions just require a few minor changes to the following details: contents (and position) of textboxes, map extent, which layers are enabled/disabled. I would also like to export a PDF of each region before moving onto the next region. All of these details can be hardcoded ahead of time, I just need a way to "apply" them programatically.

Where should I start? I'm familiar with VBA for MS Excel if that's helpful. We are on Arcmap 9.3.1 (the full version) but will be moving to 10.1 in the next few months. Is this fairly straightforward to learn?