I try to export my map (layout or data view doesn't really matter) to a georeferenced tiff-file (geotiff). However, this presumably easy task is proving rather difficult to accomplish.

I first tried the code from this question:

import arcpy.mapping
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")

All is good, a tif file is exported. But for some reason doesn't it contain any coordinates.

Some further research revealed this ArcGIS help page with a very detailed workflow. But it refers to an option that is not available in my export window:

4, Choose Layout GeoTIFF (*.tif) from the Save as type drop-down list.

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What am I missing here? Do I need another extension to create geotiffs?

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    Have you seen this question? gis.stackexchange.com/questions/26412/…
    – user2856
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:48
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    Try export Data Frame object rather than Page Layout. Page layout is in page coordinates, this may do some confusion.
    – Tomek
    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:05
  • @Luke, I did see that question, but didn't notice the difference between layout and data view. Changing that did the trick (also thanks to @Tomek)!
    – Martin
    Feb 14, 2014 at 13:56

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To make a geotif, just tick the 'write world file' option at the bottom of the export window. It writes a world file that includes the georeferencing info for your .tiff.

You can do the same for .jpg and .pdf files, for use in other software packages.

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