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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
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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

Exporting the map series with ArcPy mapping

In this final section, we'll use the arcpy.mapping module along with a Python add-in to automate the process of exporting the map series to PDF files. Python add-ins are an easy way to add user interface items to ArcGIS Desktop. The Python Add-In Wizard is a utility that greatly simplifies the creation of the user interface items. In this section of the chapter, you'll use the Python Add-In Wizard to create a toolbar containing a button that will trigger the export of your map book to a PDF file. The following steps will guide you through, how to export map series with ArcPy mapping:

  1. If necessary, download and install the Python Add-In Wizard from!.

  2. In the folder where you unzipped the Python Add-In Wizard, find and double-click on the addin_assistant.exe file to start the wizard.

  3. Choose or create a directory to be used as the add-in project root. Remember the name of the folder...