Is it possible using Data Driven Pages automatically adjusting angle to the print frame area before exporting to pdf? I have blocks (red marked, a3 format, 1:1000 scale) where each is in different angle; please see below: enter image description here

  • It used to be an option in DSMapBook which is Data Driven Pages ancestor... you would have to calculate the angle and populate it into a field in that tool. I can't see why it wouldn't be an option for Data Driven Pages. Have a read of blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2011/01/28/data-driven-pages which talks about rotation, the problem and the patch. Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 22:10

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I think the option that you are looking for is the Angle field on the Data Driven Pages Setup dialog.

There is a useful help page entitled Enabling Data Driven Pages for a strip map:

To make a strip map series more readable, the map's page orientation should be such that the linear feature draws from top to bottom or left to right (depending on the predominate direction of the line) and is centered on the page. This requires that the data frame be rotated as the series of maps move along the route.

If you created the index layer using the Strip_Map_Index_Features geoprocessing tool, a field named Angle should be available. This field contains values necessary to rotate the data frame for each page.

  • Thank you for answers. I have one more question. I have hundreds of routes in vector shpfile. They have different lenghts of course and I want to create one map per one. Unfortunatelly size of print area will be different for each road (I want to keep only the same scale for each). I don't want to prepare for everyone manually size before printing. Is there tool/solution which allow to automatically prepare print size for each feature (one feature-one route) with fixed scale?
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    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 2:20
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