Layout refers to the appearance of a map as it is published, including not only the map view itself but any north arrows, legends, scale bars, map titles, neatlines, and so on. Questions should relate specifically to the laying out and formatting of these various map elements on the page, rather ...

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How to handle multiple map frames with different layers in one print layout?

Often I need two (or more) map frames in map layout to present different data next to each other. It is easy to make multiple map frames in QGIS Print Composer. BUT... It is in the nature of my work ...
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How to create a transparent box in the map layout?

Is there a way to create a transparent box in the ArcGIS layout view similar to the one in the screenshot? I have tried without success adding a transparent box by inserting a neatline, adding a new ...
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How to create a text box with inverted rounded corners

I just saw this post on the tex SE site and wondered how I would do the same in ArcGIS. I created a text box in a layout and drilled down in all of the dialog boxes but couldn't see anything similar. ...
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How to create a customizabe table in QGIS Print Composer?

I would like to add a custom table to a map layout created in QGIS. I would like a fair bit of control over the look of the table (borders, background colours of the cells, etc.), and it appears that ...
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Making a map that can be easily resized or scaled

I've recently been dealing with a map requestor who wants maps resized at the very last minute -- from 8.5x11 to 22x34, or from large poster-sized to "something that can fit in a report" (those vague ...
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ArcGIS 10 - Text background not showing up when exporting

I have highways labeled with the standard shield and route number on it. For my main data frame the labels come up correctly. I also have 4 inset maps where only the number will show up, not the ...
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How to provide automatic overview map in ArcGIS Desktop?

This is a slightly badly phrased question I know, but I'm not really sure what to call this. My supervisor recently showed me a printed out map that he had produced with a high-resolution satellite ...
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Circular insets in ArcGIS

Looking for a way to add an AutoCad-type circular inset in ArcGIS 10.1. Have tried many different methods but the best we have been able to do is shown here using "insert picture" after various ...
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Create polygon from page size

Is there an easy way to create a polygon that matches the data frame in my page layout? I'm trying to set up data driven pages and want to have it key off of polygons that frame the boundaries for ...
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Exporting MXD layout view to GeoTIFF?

It my be old issue, but I can't find right solution. How to produce GeoTIFF from layout view not from data view? Any simple solution?
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How to center a map in Print Composer to the same center as in map window?

I can't figure out how can I center the map in Print Composer to layer/object/map center in the same way as in map window in QGIS 1.8. Let's say I have layer which I want have in the center of the ...
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How can I add an arrow to a line?

I want to have arrow heads at the end of a number of lines. I add these through Line properties --> Line decorations. It looks nice and all when displayed in the legend: But in my map, due to ...
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How to add Table to Layout View using ArcPy?

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 and I have a non-spatial table and some layers in a Data Frame. When I switch to Layout View I want to be able to show the map in a data frame element and the table in another ...
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How to change text legend orientation from right to left reading with arcpy

I working on mxd with ArcMap 10.3 . The default's legend properties is- Layout - left to right reading (Marked with a red ellipse) : when it unmarked i get this legend: i want to know if there a ...
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Where can I set the BufferColor property for labels in QGIS?

The accepted answer to this question suggests that the buffer color can be set as a data defined label property. However, in the Layer Properties > Labels > Advanced tab, the only options I can see ...
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Auto resize map to 100% after content pane is removed in ArcGIS JSAPI

Been at this for hours and I can't seem to figure it out. I'm using AG-JSAPI 3.6 I have a map layout with a bordercontainer and two contentpanes, One is the map div and the other is the left div ...
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convert a dbf into a raster image using python? work around for arcpy

ArcGIS' arcpy does not have a function to add a table to a layout. I was thinking that maybe taking that table (e.g. a dbf), there may be some python script command to turn it into a raster (e.g. do ...
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Filled Polygons on the Edge of a Map - ArcMap 10.1

Today while making a map I encountered a problem with the fill from one of the displayed polygons flooding the whole map: Notice the upper right corner where the polygon appears hollow, it should ...
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Layout in ArcGIS

Is it possible to create a 2 sided layout in ARCGIS so I can print on one sheet of paper(front and back of an A4 or A3 paper)? I often find myself wanting to produce a number of different map outputs ...
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Is automatic text wrapping in an ArcMap layout text element possible?

How can I word-wrap a text element on an ArcMap layout, when it contains a lot of text? go into Layout mode choose > Insert > Text paste in a long text block eg lorem ipsum The text block now ...
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Rounded Grid - Is it possible?

I was wondering if it's possible to make a layout, with rounded measured grids, in zoom maps. I'm using ArcMap and rounding the corners of data frame on layout mode to give a magnifying glass effect ...
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Printing large number of Points in ArcGIS

I have bathymetric data which have thousands of points ( exactly 71 K). Now when I try to print it in a large map size in ARCMAP 10.0 , the layout view freezes and the system is hung , possibly due ...
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Legend title in print composer with different font styles

I want to design a layout with print composer where the legend Title has two different font styles in one e.g. " I had it once but can´t remember". I would be grateful for help.
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Is there a way to associate a scale bar with a new, different data frame than the one used to create it?

If I remember correctly, in ArcView 3, after a scale bar had been created, you could change its properties so that it would show the scale for a different data frame than the one that was used to ...
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How to prepare automatic text labelling for legend using arcmap?

I need to label for text with legend without ungrouping layers. I have attached an example image to show the expected output model I am looking for your guidance. Thanks in advance.
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Searching semantically for symbols in ArcGIS Desktop?

Sorry for the noob question, but is there any resource (on the web) where I could more or less search semantically for symbols to use in an ArcMap layout? Using the Symbol Selector, I have to scroll ...
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How do I check what type of mapsurround is on the map?

I want to have the program add a scalebar to the map, but only if there isn't one already on the map. The code below works for legends, but when I try to replace ILegend with IScalebar it doesn't ...
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Unable to edit legend in ArcGIS layout view

Somehow I can’t open the legend properties after converting it to graphic in layout view – from what I’ve read in the ArcGIS guide and online, I should be able to edit everything on the legend through ...
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How to set layout element's “name” property in ArcMap?

Map Layout elements appear to have a "name" property that can be used to identify them. In ArcMap is it possible to set this property (interactively), and if so how is this done? I'm using ArcGIS ...
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In ARCGIS 10.2 can I create a 2 page map document that prints an image on the back side of the page?

From arcgis 10.2 I need to create a pdf file that will print a map on the front side of a page and an image on a back side of the page. How would I do this?
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how to solve UnicodeDecodeError in arcpy?

I need to update datasource of Picture element of laout element of a mapdocument. but it is showing Unicode decode error. mxd= arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT") for elm in ...
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Why does exporting labels with buffers take so long?

I set white borders for text (city names) in qgis. If I export the map without white borders it exports quite quickly (png 600 dpi). If I set the white borders it takes hours! Is there any way I can ...
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How to convert Layout View to DXF or DWG?

How can I convert Layout View to a DXF or DWG format? I have tried the PDF way i.e. Export to PDF Convert from PDF to DWG using PDF2cad It was not a great experience because the DWG does not ...
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Can ArcMap factor in legends and data frames when placing labels?

Is there a way to factor data frames and the legend when having placing labels using the Maplex Label Engine? I am talking specifically about the labels for roads and contours. I really don't want to ...
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QGIS 2.4 Layout View pdf/raster file export moves points

I created a map, using a google basemap (openlayer plugin) and imported a table as a csv file (containing a name of a city, latitude, longitude for wgs84 and a row named "amount"). It displays ...
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How to get a map surround as an IElement in ArcObjects?

In an MXD file, I have a page layout and a map with a north arrow, and I need to move it in the page layout programmatically using ArcObjects Java SDK. I managed to get the north arrow map surround ...
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Python code for locking elements in Layout view

Is it possible to lock elements in layout view in Python? I know it is possible in the production cartography extension from ESRI but all I need is the funcionality to lock elements. I am wondering if ...
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Why does the map legend not update in print composer?

I'm having trouble with the QGIS map composer: If I change the map in QGIS and reopen the map composer and click on update, the legend elements DON'T update! For example: Before one certain country ...
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Does ArcMap/ArcPy support creation of textElements using Python?

From what I can tell python at ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 cannot create new textElements nor GraphicElements. Yet, 10.1 seems to support the ability to at least create a clone, of a existing GraphicElements, ...
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How to set the extent of a rotated data frame from a rotated rectangle using ArcObjects?

I use ArcObjects to produce a map document. I have a rotated rectangle that I want to be the exact extent of my data frame. So, I want to rotate the data frame with the same orientation than the ...
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Exporting layout elements and constants to Python script?

Is it possible to export the elements and constants used in a layout to a Python script? Something similar to creating a model and exporting it to Python but instead of being a model, it's a layout? ...
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Rotating Chart symbols with ArcMap dataframe?

I am using ArcMap 10.2 and want to represent a layer in a rotated dataframe with chart (graph) symbology. The problem is that the charts do not rotate with the dataframe: I thought I could convert ...
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Problem while inserting an object into ArcMap

I get this error, when I try to insert a pdf file into ArcMap Layout view. I have clicked on Insert - Object - create from file, browsed the geo pdf and pressed ok. I get this error: Failed to ...
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Why does ArcGIS for Desktop legend not always show symbol as desired?

I have a problem with the legends in the ArcMap because the patch does not show the marker symbol inside it well. Whenever, I move the legend it changes but never to what I want for every patch. I ...
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How to make smaller ArcMap PDF for use in InDesign?

I frequently build reports that incorporate ArcMap maps. The maps are all exported in PDF format. I am finding that there are so many line segments in the map that importing them at times is almost ...
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How to gradient buffer a background layer

I have a map that was created by a contractor working for my employer before I began. I am not sure what GIS software the map was created in but it has an effect I would like to be able to reproduce ...
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ArcMap 10 Layout View: search for elements and delete

I've to regenerate a single layout with data from each point feature. So, I wrote a VB.NET routine to clean the layout, searching for text element, selecting it and deleting it. Well, the routine ...
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Can I automate using different reference grids in a data driven map [closed]

I am trying to create a data driven layout that includes an overview map, at 1:15000, and a number of inset maps, at 1:4000. I need to have two reference grids for the layout since the map scales are ...
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How do I keep my callout boxes from looking wrong when the data frame is rotated?

I sometimes like to rotate a data frame in a layout, for example to fit more on the page if my area of interest is rectangular and runs from, say, northeast to southwest. But when I do, something ...
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GeoExt (ExtJs + OpenLayers): bug in IE9 when try to change map_panel from container A to container B

Techonology: GeoExt, which combines ExtJS with OpenLayers I am trying to dynamically change the app layout by changing a map_panel from container A to container B, and vice verse; basically, for each ...