Well, it's almost a year on from when I first asked this question on the ESRI user "forum" -
Data driven pages, ArcDesktop 10.2.1 - is there a limitation on how many pages can be printed?
ESRI tech support still can't find a solution.
I have almost 2500 pages to print, from several map sets built with data driven pages, all of which contain large (10x15") raster areas. So far, the "work-around" is to print 10 at a time ... and hope the printer doesn't miss a page.
For example, one mapbook MXD contains 60 data driven pages. If I attempt to print more than 10 pages, ArcMap will chew on them and appear to be processing them ... then nothing - no error message, no file sent to the printer, nothing.
With ArcMap 9.3.1, we printed MXDs containing 90 pages in one printer session (90 pages at a time), using the DSMapbook tool which was part of the ESRI Developer Samples collection. Those MXDs contained SID rasters which had been lightened, & they printed at higher quality settings.
My non-programmer's guess is that the data driven pages function is spooling multiple pages to temporary files on the computer before sending the data to the printer, and encountering some kind of limit.
After more hours with ESRI specialist printing phone tech support, we tried:
- changing Windows virtual memory to 12gigs
- changing the ArcGIS metafile size to 200, and back to 32
- changing the default printer from a multi-function Canon to a wide-format printer-only Canon
- changing driver in Print window to ArcPress
- watching temp files as they were generated and discarded
- watching files spool in the printer window (control panel/printers)
- dropping the image resampling from 2 to 3 in the Print window
But we could only get 15 out of 60 of the 11x17" pages to print before the print process just quit with no error messages.
Have any of you good folks run into this issue? (I know I can export to PDF & print from there, but would prefer not to.)