ds mapbook in ArcGIS 10
I just found out that ESRI will no longer support VB6 in ArcGIS 10. I use DS Mapbook on a daily basis and it is written in VBA. Our company is participating in the ArcGIS Beta program so I just tried installing the newest version of DS Mapbook on Arc 10 Beta 2 and had no luck getting it to run. I know that there is new mapbook like functionality in Arc 10 called "Data Driven Pages." Do you know if there is a way to either use the Data Driven Pages feature with existing mapbooks or if there is a way to get DS Mapbook to work in Arc 10?
Mapping Center Answer:
MicroSoft mainstream support for Visual Basic 6 ended in 2005. For this reason and due to potential security issues with VB6, we no longer support it at ArcGIS 10. The DS MapBook developer sample was built using this now unsupported technology.
As a developer sample, the DS Mapbook has never been a supported product (no technical support, no official upgrades, etc.), even though the ability to create map books had been one of our larger user requests. To meet most of these needs, at ArcGIS 10, we added support in the core software to build multiple-page map books using an index layer. We also added dynamic text for page names and page numbers, and added new extent, clip to shape, and definition query options making it possible to create dynamic overview diagrams and page specific effects like highlighting the current page. All this new functionality, along with new geoprocessing tools to help create index layers, and a new toolbar to navigate the pages, are collectively referred to as data driven pages (DDP). We also added a new python scripting module called arcpy.mapping. When you combine the functionality of DDP and arcpy, the majority of the functionality that was available in DS MapBook is available out of the box at ArcGIS 10.
The method for creating map books using data driven pages is different from what you are used to with the developer sample. All the functionality is not in one place, but embedded throughout ArcMap. This is by design. There are places where improvements made to support data driven pages also support many other use cases for single maps. These differences mean that there will be a different experience for working with your map books, but the majority of the functionality is there, and it is now supported.
This following blog post should provide some direction to help you get started migrating map books from the developer sample to data driven pages: http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/arcgisdesktop/archive/2010/12/29/Migrating-DSMapBooks-to-Data-Driven-Pages.aspx
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