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ArcGIS Blueprints by Eric Pimpler

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Overview of the ArcPy mapping module

The ArcPy mapping module, part of the ArcPy site package, provides some really exciting features for map automation, including the ability to manage map document and layer files as well as the data within these files. Support is also provided to automate map export and printing as well as the creation of map books and publication of map documents to ArcGIS Server map services.

The capabilities of the module include the following:

  • Managing map document and layer files
  • Managing the data within map document and layer files
  • Changing layer symbology and properties
  • Inserting layers into a data frame or group layer
  • Moving layers in a data frame or group layer
  • Zooming to selected features
  • Working with time-enabled layers in ...

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