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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
Book Image

ArcGIS Blueprints

By: Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler

Overview of this book

This book is an immersive guide to take your ArcGIS Desktop application development skills to the next level It starts off by providing detailed description and examples of how to create ArcGIS Desktop Python toolboxes that will serve as containers for many of the applications that you will build. We provide several practical projects that involve building a local area/community map and extracting wildfire data. You will then learn how to build tools that can access data from ArcGIS Server using the ArcGIS REST API. Furthermore, we deal with the integration of additional open source Python libraries into your applications, which will help you chart and graph advanced GUI development; read and write JSON, CSV, and XML format data sources; write outputs to Google Earth Pro, and more. Along the way, you will be introduced to advanced ArcPy Mapping and ArcPy Data Access module techniques and use data-driven Pages to automate the creation of map books. Finally, you will learn advanced techniques to work with video and social media feeds. By the end of the book, you will have your own desktop application without having spent too much time learning sophisticated theory.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
ArcGIS Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Adding dynamic text to the layout

The last thing that we need to do before writing our script to automate the process of generating the map book is add dynamic text to the layout. Dynamic text includes a title, a page number, a label for an adjacent page number, and other items added to the margins of the map. Dynamic text items are necessary when we have text items that will change for each map that is created. We'll also add a north arrow and scale bar:

  1. First, we'll add the north arrow and scale bar. In Layout View inside ArcMap, add a north arrow and scale bars, as shown in the following screenshot. You don't have to select the same style as mine:

  2. Now, we'll add the page number. If necessary, open the Data Driven Pages toolbar and navigate to Page Text | Data Driven Page Name from the toolbar.

  3. The page number will be placed directly in the center of the main data frame for the map. Drag it just above the first scale bar, as shown in the following screenshot. You may want to make the text...