I wondering if something like this is possible. I would like to create a PDF output using a pre-established map template. The tricky part is I want to create maps in batch by adding (what will usually be 2)feature classes as layers to a data frame in the map document. These feature classes have similar names, the only difference is one of the names is preceded by "buffer_". The feature classes will then be symbolized. I am very new to arcpy mapping and seems like this may be possible however, I am stumped as to how to do this. The limited code I have so far (which doesn't run properly) looks as follows:
import arcpy, os, fnmatch from arcpy import env mapTemplate = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(r"template location") try: df = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mapTemplate) print df arcpy.env.workspace = r"file geodatabase" fc = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses() for fcs in fc: name = fcs.getValue().replace("Buffer_","") for i in os.listdir("file geodatabase"): if fnmatch.fnmatch(i, name): arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management(fcs, "fc_layer") layer = arcpy.mapping.Layer("fc_layer") arcpy.mapping.AddLayer(df, layer + fcs, "AUTO_ARRANGE") mapTemplate.save() except Exception, e: import traceback, sys tb = sys.exc_info() print "Line %i" % tb.tb_lineno print e.message
I know this is no where close but I am having trouble even using the .getValue statement for the feature classes. Thanks for any suggestions or help you can provide.