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How can I add an interactive map to a PDF?

I have been asked to add an interactive map to my company's annual report. The requirements are that it should have multiple layers that can be turned on and off, zoom in/out and pan functionality, ...
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Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting to PDF?

In ArcMap, when you export data to PDF it preserves the layering within the PDF so that you can turn on/off individual map layers (within the PDF itself). When I export from QGIS to PDF, I don't ...
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Free (or cheap) software for generating Geospatial PDF (GeoPDF)

I'm looking for a cheap software to generate Geospatial PDF (GeoPDF, ISO 32000 Adobe extensions or OGC recomendation). Currently, as far as I know, there are very expensive propietary solutions. See ...
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Convert GeoPDF to a vector format

I want to convert a GeoPDF that has vectors entity in it to a vector format and preserve the real coordinates of these vectors. The GeoPDF has been exported from ArcMap and has layers in it. I have ...
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Best ways to embed dynamic maps into PDF files

Working in consulting, I found that sending clients PDF file with my embedded maps is one of the best ways to achieve a wow-effect from them. The latest pdf file formats all support the layers feature ...
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Is it possible to georeference an existing, un-georeferenced pdf?

I was wondering if there was anyway to georeference a pdf directly without first converting it to an image. I have access to ArcGIS 10.1 but haven't been able to find any information that would ...
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Looking for open source component to create PDF from WMS in a web application

I want to create a PDF from WMS in a web map application. Please can anyone recommend a robust component? I'd like free open-source under an relatively business-friendly licence (no GPL, BSD/MIT ...
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How to Batch export MXD to PDF files?

Nico Burgerhart made a fantastic script called "Batch export MXD to PDF" back in 2008. http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=14872 Any ideas how to implement it in ArcGIS 10? Something ...
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ArcGIS 9.3 Mapbook

I'm looking for a product that will produce multiple pdf plots of mapsheets specified by a shapefile key (say, 11 x 17) from ArcGIS using a single .mxd template, include and orient a common keymap, ...
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Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting a PDF? [duplicate]

I saw this posted about a year ago (Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting to PDF?) but figured it was worth asking again -- is this possible? My usual workflow with ArcGIS is to export to AI then ...
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GDAL and Geospatial PDF on Windows

GDAL 1.8 now supports reading GeospatialPDF, see pdf format description page. Using it depends on the poppler pdf library. What is the smoothest route to getting gdal and geospatial pdf working on ...
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Is there a way to add a PDF to ArcMap as data?

I receive a lot of PDF maps (vector, image, with georeference and without) and I am having to convert them to an image file before I can add them to ArcMap and georeference. I can't see any obvious ...
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How to export Bing Maps layers to Pdf with Arcmap - and get appropriate resolution?

I've got a GP service that creates a new mxd, adds Bing Layers to it, zooms to a particular extent, then exports a pdf. Sometimes (when the network is slow, I suspect) the resulting pdf has a mixture ...
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Which GIS (with GUI) produces good-looking maps for a reasonable price?

I would like to produce some good looking wall maps. I have an excellent data set, but it seems that most GIS packages are geared towards data analysis etc. as opposed to producing an aesthetically ...
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How to export aerial imagery as layers in layered PDF?

I want to show aerial imagery as layers in my pdf, so people can turn them on and off (e.g historical images). However according to ESRI images become merged when exported as a layered pdf. What is ...
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Customized PDF Report of Each Manhole from a Database

I need a way to generate individual PDF reports for all the data collected for each manhole in a database. I would end up with hundreds of reports, one for each manhole in the feature class. The ...
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How to Automate ArcGIS map production?

I am currently working with high volume ArcGIS (9.3.1 & 10) production of PDF files, part of the companies requirement is that a database (Access 2003) needs filling out with each map, this needs ...
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How to reduce time for 'Export to PDF' (or any other alternative to print maps) in Python?

For my work, I designed a tool to create PDF maps with large amount of data, intersected with 5 buffer rings using ArcPy. The job involves intersecting points, selecting points, generating Elevation ...
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Interactive PDF Map with Photos

I am looking to create a PDF using Arc10 that contains locations for our site. At each of these locations you would be able to click the point and you can then see the photos for the area. Is this ...
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Can ArcMap text formatting support mailto in text elements (ready for Export to PDF)?

I currently include an email address in a text element created using the Rectangle Text tool and its map gets exported to a PDF file. Is it possible to use ArcMap text formatting (or any other ...
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Microsoft Surface vs. iPad for mapping

I was recently introduced to the Avenza PDF app for iPad and I've been using it in the company I work for to help our field crews find their way around, and record waypoints and tracks. The app takes ...
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I have a Web Application (ASP.NET) made ​​in ArcGIS Server Manager. How to create a button for the user to export his vision for PDF / Image?

I am using ArcGIS Server Manager to create Web Applications (ASP.NET). I would like the customer to access has an option to export your vision to PDF or Image, or both. I would like to generate the ...
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Exporting Maps as PDFs in R

In R, trying to export choropleth maps with density and frequency histograms as legends; have had success exporting as an image but not as a pdf. Exporting as an image (.png) works well; the map, ...
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QGIS Print Composer Export problems

When I attempt to “Export as PDF” a Print Composer image, it hangs up until I press cntrl/alt/del, whereupon I learn that QGIS is not responding and needs to be closed. I’ve tried this as jpg, jpeg, ...
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Relative Hyperlinks in QGIS without end user's software dependency

I am trying to work out how can I add a relative path hyperlink to a shapefile in QGIS. I have found several great tips on various forums but only one has so far potential to be implemented. The ...
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Is it possible to mimic ArcPublisher with PDF or similar?

I want to provide mapping output in a format that mimics the delivery provided by ArcPublisher and wonder if anybody has any experience in this. For instance, the PDF format now supports layers ...
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Pdf layers to Geodatabase

We had a drawing as a PDF , with Geolocation and layer information available. We tried to export that as an Xml ( current tree) option in Adode reader and tried to import it in a new File geodatabase. ...
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Can layer names in Layered PDF exported from ArcGIS for Desktop be overridden?

Does anyone know how to override the layer names output by ArcGIS, where the output layer is called Other, or . These usually refer to things like the map border, labels and the background.
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Extract parcel layers from vector pdf

So, I have an interesting problem... I have a PDF file which has over 100 pages and each of these pages is displaying a map in vector format. By using some third party program I was able to find out ...
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Is it possible to access individual pages within an existing pdf using arcpy.mapping?

I've used the arcpy.mapping module for some time now to create mapbooks and other pdf documents, using a combination of Data Driven Pages and Python. I would like to take an existing pdf and save each ...
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Graphic with transparency in ArcGIS 10.1 layout does not export properly in PDF Export

I am trying to export a pretty simple map to PDF and finding the results are not what I expect. I have inserted two graphics on top in Layout. One is just a rectangle that has a custom user style ...
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ArcObjects - IExportPDF2 and esriExportPDFLayerOptions Not Working as Expected

I have a small function that exports a map document to a pdf. The function works in the fact that it does export a pdf. However, regardless of what I set ...
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Hyperlinking multiple PDF's to multiple points

Hi I am kinda new to all of this and appreciate any help. (no critisicm please, questions welcomed) I would like to hyperlink a pdf to a point. Each point will have a link to a different pdf. So far ...
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How to Convert PDF files into ArcGIS Metadata?

I got a set of shapes with some additional informations looking like extracted/exported metadata, such as sources, extents, summary, descriptions, contacts... All in digital pdf and without XML files ...
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How to avoid map refreshes in print composer?

I am trying to make a report with the QGIS composer. This report contains multiple maps. I don't have any trouble to make it, I just have to lock the maps with a right click to avoid them being ...
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Setting the output parameter in a toolbox to be a PDF

I need to allow a user to input a path and name where they would like to save their new map book PDF on their computer/drive. I have created a script where the user can input their mxd with data ...
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How to render a multi-layered (raster + vector) map to a file (PDF, SVG or JPEG, PNG)?

When using OpenLayers I can compose a map with several layers which is displayed nicely by my browser, but I need to do the same server side (no browser composing the layers), and I'm waiting a image ...
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Losing large portions of elevation contours from QGIS to PDF

Please forgive me as I'm new to GIS and all this might be a silly question, the wrong place for this question, or a hack way of going about what I'm getting at. So any suggestions on better practice ...
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PDF Output for Manifold 8

Does anyone have any recommendations for outputting a PDF of map from Manifold 8? The following printer drivers have all failed to output anything: CutePDF PDF995 eDoc Nitro PDF worked (after 3 ...
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How to Export multiple selected features to PDFs with Python?

I have 77 polygons that mark areas of a satellite image that I want to export as separate PDFs. Each of the PDFs should contain just the polygon (and as much as the surroundings to fill out the data ...
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Part of layer disappears when printing ArcGIS 10.0 as pdf

There are a couple of maps i made that I want to save as pdf in ArcGIS 10.0. For three of the maps it worked fine, but there are problems with the other two. The first one has a layer that consists ...
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Why does PDF fail to print in ArcGIS10?

Can anyone tell me why ArcGIS10 will not print to my Adobe9 "printer" in a Windows7Pro environment. Multiprocessor system, huge memory. Makes a .ai but crashes when i try a "print". ArcGIS10 also ...
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Create PDF on server side by passing layer from flex client

I want to pass the user selected layers from client User can select and change the order of layers as populated from different map services hosted on my arcgis server User can set the transparency ...
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Any python script to convert a geoPDF to a KML embedded with a jpg link?

I have many geoPDFs. I want to turn them into KMZ or KML+JPEG using a python script. Any suggestions? SEE CODE BELOW
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Optimize PDF using Python [closed]

Is there a way to optimize a PDF using Python? I am exporting hundreds of .mxds - that works fine with a loop. But the file size of each is large. Right now my option is to manually open each and ...
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Why is arcpy.mapping.ExportToPDF losing layer symbology?

When exporting a map it does not export the symbology within the data frame. I am using the code snippet below. >>> myMap = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("C:/USERS/NISUSER/DESKTOP/mxd_map.mxd") ...
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Group and export to pdf based on an attribute field using DDP - Python Script

Using Python, I want to export a map series. Each series needs to be grouped based on an attribute field which is not being used in DDP settings (page num, page index etc...). For example: my ...
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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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Can Bing base layers be used with the Mapfish / Geoserver print plugin?

After being able to solve most of my problems just be lurking, I find I now need to come into the light for this one. The headline is pretty explicit. I have been unable to use the mapfish print ...
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ArcMap is exporting to extremely large pdf files

My organization has one user who recently has noticed very large pdf files being exported from her mxds. When I recreate and do the export, I am getting a 4mb file (normal). When she exports the file ...