Making Static Maps – Workspace Considerations
Configure the Disk Space and User Interface – The ArcGIS software has many uses but most activities can be classified as cartography, geoprocessing or database development. Each of the three categories requires its own unique configuration. The recommended configuration for cartography is based on creating a separate workspace folder and map document for each map or map series. This approach allows a map to be tweaked periodically without upsetting other aspects of a project that are going on in parallel
- A dedicated folder has been created in the project’s on-disk workspace. The folder holds a dedicated map document (.mxd file).
- The View property of the data frame has been set to “Layout”
- Before any layers have been added to the table of contents, the box titled “Use relative pathnames” (Data frame properties dropdown) has been checked.
- The map’s scale and extent have been figured out. This is a time-consuming and frustrating process. Even experienced cartographpers seldom get it right on the first try.
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Data Frame Factoids
The ArcGIS Data Frame and its Table of Contents are used display and manipulate spatial data in an ArcGIS work session. The Data Frame’s Data view is optimized for data display and manipulation. The Layout view is optimized for composing staitic maps..
Data Frame Coordinate System
The data frame coordinate system is one of several properties of the ArcMap Data Frame that are set by the user. Note that inexperienced users often confuse the data frame coordinate system (the mathematical model used to DISPLAY information in a printed or on-screen map) with the coordinate system used to store locational information in spatial databases.
The ArcGIS Data Frame
The ArcGIS Data Frame and its Table of Contents are used display
and manipulate spatial data in an ArcGIS work session. The Data
Frame’s Data view is optimized for data display and manipulation.
The Layout view is optimized for composing static maps.
Data Frame Factoids – OGS HelpDocs
Specifying a coordinate system –
article from Esri on-line help