Automating Title Blocks

Discussion created by crazymatt on Jul 12, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 15, 2013 by jbarrette-esristaff
I have created a series of ArcMap documents with templates for various title blocks that I add to different types of maps. I also developed a Python script/tool that allows me to input all the text that will appear and then format and place all the graphic and text elements on the page. I know that it isn't currently possible to create new graphic elements using the arcpy.mapping module, but what I am wondering is if there is a way to bring in graphic and text element from another ArcMap document. The way I have it setup now I can either start with the map template, build my map, Save As, then run the tool when it's done to place the elements or use the Change Layout function then run the tool.

It would be much easier if I could simply pull the elements from the template ArcMap document.