Just ran my first iterations of data-driven pages. It was more successful than I planned, but I'm running into some issues.
Main problem is rotating the page to the extent of the polygon. There are two areas where this is a large problem because it minimizes the size of otherwise important segments.
Here is my DDP setup:
I calculated the orientation of the polygons with the Grid Conversion to Angle tool:
Here is a section of the index sheets along the highway with the resulting orientation (and a x100 attribute of orientation I created called Rotation, which still doesn't appear to be a large enough value for a degree angle):
However, this is how the resulting DDP exported page (with index page turned on for comparison) turned out:
Everything is rotated to true north as opposed to the orientation of the index page. Additionally, it creates the output to the extent of the polygon vertices as opposed to rotating to match the polygon's general direction.
What am I doing wrong?
Calculate Polygon Main Anglefunction will likely give you the rotation value you are looking for. You should be fine using the data driven pages setup you are now, once you have that angle. I don't know that the strip map mentioned in the answer below would add anything to what you are doing since you already have your page outlines delineated.