[VIDEO] Exporting an ArcGIS Map for Use in the PDF Maps App

Here's a short and simple video on how to export an ArcGIS map for use in the PDF Maps app. It was put together by the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab. It uses a live USGS topo basemap streaming from Esri and the geospatial PDF export feature of ArcGIS.

See the SmithGIS Vimeo page here http://vimeo.com/79337719

Make your paper size large

Make your paper size large enough to accommodate the scale ie.. image of a city right click on the image in the table of content while in data view> select zoom to raster resolution>( let’s say it ends up being 1:3,253round it up to 4,000). Then switch from data view to layout view (typically used when printing a map) >right click in the open area of the layout view off of the paper> select page and print setup…> uncheck the block next to Use Printer paper settings> change the height and width>click ok. When setting your page size in layout view the paper may need to be as big as 100x100 or bigger is ok too. Zoom and pan what you want to fit on the paper you can make it bigger or smaller depending on your needs. To check and see if you are on the right track click the 1:1 on the layout toolbar this is what it will look like at best when in the tablet. Once it is set the way you want or need, ensure that the scale at the top still says 1:4,000 > click file> export map > change output to PDF. In the settings tab General Resolution set to 300dpi with the output image quality (Resample Ration) set at best or Ration1:1. Format tab Destination Color space: RGB unless you don’t want color. Uncheck Compress Vector Graphics. Image Compression: None> All the rest of the options unchecked. Pages tab do nothing. Security this is where you can enable PDF Document Security by setting permissions. Advanced tab set the Layers and Attributes to None but check the box that says Export Map Georeference information. Type the name you want the file to be saved as and click Save. This may take some time and it is recommended to not do anything else with your computer if it is a lot of data while the export completes. Once ArcGIS has completed the export you can then bring it in to Acrobat pro and file save as reduced file size and it will maintain the geospatial reference but make the file size much smaller. Some resolution maybe lost but for the most part maintains. Hope this helps Ask questions in the comments and I'll try to check it out often enought to answer your questions.

re: Output to Ipad

Hi Chris,

In ArcMap, you don't need to set a 32000 max resolution, that may make the file size too large to handle. You could try a higher resolution (360 or 720). Also, depending on your data, you may want to try a larger scale (perhaps 1:30000) and a larger layout.

PDF Maps can import GeoTIFF as well as JPG accompanied by a reference file.

Thanks

Output to Ipad

I set up to 32000(max) resolution and try to have the basemap at "PDF map". ArcMap I set 1:65000. It is hard for me to zoom in to see those details. Is PDF map recognize TIFF file or other probably large ones that can include more info?

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