map book requires a template that specifies printer settings (such
as paper size and the printer driver to use) and defines the size
and position of elements on the page (for example, the legend, title
block, and map tiles).
A template can contain
one or more layouts. If it contains multiple layouts, you must specify
the one to use for a particular map book.
Once you define the map
book template and save your map, you can publish the map book to
a plotter or to a DWF file.
In your map book template,
each element appears within a viewport, which is
like a frame on a web page. A viewport has a shape and a position
on the page, and you specify the type of information that appears
within it. You must include a main viewport in your map book template.
Other viewports are optional and can include the following:
- Tileview viewport displays the
corresponding tile, and determines the shape of that tile. Templates
for map books must include a tileview viewport.
- Keyview viewport displays a thumbnail
view of the entire area included in the map book. You can create
a simplified view of the mapped area to use in this viewport, save
that view to a separate drawing file, and then link the viewport
to that drawing. You can display a different linked file in this viewport,
instead of the thumbnail. For example, you can save a detail of the
map in a separate file and use the keyview viewport to display it
as an inset. You can also display selected AutoCAD layers for the
NoteWhen you generate the map book, you can
choose any of the previous alternatives, or you can choose to omit
the keyview viewport altogether.
- Legend viewport displays a legend.
and specifies where it appears in the map book. If you created a
display legend for your map, you can select it for this viewport,
or you can select an area of your map to use as a legend. This viewport
- Adjacent arrows are blocks at
each edge of the tile that point to and identify the adjacent tile.
Each arrow has a property that specifies the adjacent tile in that
direction and displays the name of that tile within the arrow. You can
specify the text that appears within the arrowheads. When you generate
the map book, you can choose a drawing for an adjacent block. That drawing
replaces the original adjacent block defined in the template layout.
- Title block displays a defined
DWG block that can include title information, such as your company
or group name and the name of the map. Many organizations have standard
title blocks to insert in this element. You can define certain attributes
of the title block from within your template. Title blocks defined
in the sample templates include a frame that surrounds the entire
tile. When you generate the map book, you can choose a drawing for
the title block. That drawing replaces the original title block
contents defined in the template layout.
Map book template