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This is what I want to do:

  1. Create report using a polygon feature class to output areas of polygons using some logic and the ExportReport() function (This I have accomplished)
  2. Create a PDF of the Polygons. Nothing fancy, I just use python to create a map, add a polygon layer to it and label using the OBJECTID and then use the arcpy.mapping.ExportToPDF() function to create a pdf (This I have accomplished)
  3. Finally, I would like to embed the PDF created in Step 2 into into the spreadsheet created from the ExportReport() function in Step 1.

I basically want to have this labeled PDF'd map embedded into the spreadsheet so that my end user can see which areas in the table are associated to which polygons in the PDF.

I'm using ArcGIS 10.1 with Python.

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closed as off topic by Fezter, PolyGeo, blah238, Luke, R.K. May 1 '13 at 1:23

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Just wondering whether this is still a GIS question because it is really "How to embed PDF in XLS using Python". It may be better pursued via Stack Overflow. – PolyGeo Apr 30 '13 at 22:00
I did, but I was working in GIS using the exportreport function and exportpdf. I figured some GIS guru out there may have already attempted something like this. Also, someone edited my tags to weed out the actual functions I was using and made it more generic. I'm going to fix that. – Mike Apr 30 '13 at 22:22
Mike, I changed your tags to give more visibility to your question. The "exportreport" and "exporttopdf" tags you added have never been used, whereas "pdf" and "reports" are much more common and people may already be following and searching on them. Since you already had the functions listed in the question, your question will still show up in a search. Tags are meant to be generic, not specific. Please reconsider using "pdf" and "reports". – RyanDalton Apr 30 '13 at 22:44
Can you include a link to your Stack Overflow Question, please? I agree with @RyanDalton that exportreport and exporttopdf are too granular to be good tag candidates. – PolyGeo Apr 30 '13 at 22:45
Link to SO question – Luke May 1 '13 at 1:09