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 9.3 using a single .mxd template, include and orient a common keymap, etc. The DS Mapbook extension from the ESRI developer samples is one of these, but it's an old VB6 product and am wondering if there's anything else similar, newer and maybe commercially available.
We use MapLogic Layout Manager, and have for about four or five years. We're able to create some nice map books with this software, and it's much more advanced than the DS Mapbook extension. Since we started using their software we're constantly asked to create new map books for departments. You can find them at MapLogic.
The Mapbook has been extended as a Google code project. The last update was (I believe) in Feb 09. @matt wilkie heads up the project, so he should be able to comment further.
I think that anyone coming across this question, who is using ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 or later, should review What are Data Driven Pages?:
Data Driven Pages allow you to quickly and easily create a series of layout pages from a single map document. A feature layer, or index layer, divides the map into sections based on each index feature in the layer and generates one page per index feature.
In order to use Data Driven Pages to build a map book you need to use arcpy.mapping. Arcpy.mapping is a Python scripting module that is part of the ArcPy site package. This module provides functions to automate exporting and printing. Arcpy.mapping can be used to automate map production; it extends the capabilities of Data Driven Pages and is required to build complete map books because it includes functions to export to, create, and manage PDF documents.
Personally, I think you can create a very simple map book without using arcpy.mapping, but for anything harder I would agree with the above.