Plot Map Book

You can use ArcFM Map Book Editor or Map Book Explorer to plot an individual map set or an entire map book. Right-click on a map book or map set to select the plot option.

Page Size: The page size in your Page Template or Document (visible in the Layout view) must correspond with the printer's page size. If the page size of your Page Template or Document is larger, the page will be clipped. It will not be tiled. To change the page size, view the Page Template or Document in the Layout view. Right-click it and select Page Setup (or select Page Setup from the ArcMap File menu). Change the Map Size to correspond to the Printer Page Size and resave the Page Template or Document.

IMPORTANT: You must save edits before previewing or plotting a map. Only saved edits will be shown.
NOTE: Designer users: You must save edits before previewing or plotting a map. Only saved edits will be shown. If you create a map book from a newly-created design, no features will appear in a plot or preview until the design has been saved. A Design Stored Display is created only when the design is saved.

You may not close ArcMap while plotting.In ArcFM Map Book Editor, the plot option will be disabled if the Apply button is enabled. Click Apply to accept any changes and enable this tool.

  1. If you create a new map book or map set, it must be saved before you can plot it. Ensure your map book has been saved.
  2. Right-click the map book or map set you want to print and select Plot all > Plot.
  3. The Print dialog allows you to define the printer settings. You may choose a printer, change printer properties (Properties button), and set the number of copies printed. If the dimensions of your map book are larger than the paper to which it is plotted, you may elect to scale the map sheet to fit the printer paper or print at the current scale and expect that it will be clipped.        
    TIP: If you are plotting ArcFM Map Grids, the selected page template has a portrait orientation, and the Rotation Angle field is set to 90, the ArcFM Map Grids will be rotated.
  4. Click OK to print.

    Map sets are plotted in the order they appear in the tree. Each printer sheet is assigned its own page number. You may change the order in which the map sets are printed by using the up/down arrows above the tree in the Map Book Editor.

    You may use the MP_INVALIDATELAYER model name to prevent map sheets with only a particular layer from printing. For example, you may assign this model name to the Buildings layer. Any map sheets that contain only buildings will be considered empty and will NOT print. Map sheets that contain buildings as well as other layers will print with all layers displayed (including buildings).

    A map sheet will not plot if:

    • It contains only features from the feature class in the Layers field (such as Map Grid) and/or feature classes that have the MP_INVALIDATELAYER model name assigned.

    • Valid features are not visible at the selected scale.

    • The layer is invalid for any reason (e.g., disconnected data source).

      Map Production also provides the ability to plot a single map grid within a map set.

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