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Need help using the page layout to create an MXT to print cards

June 28 2008 | 0 comments
Categories: Page Layout

Need a documentation about page layout and how to create a model mxt and use it to print cards with arcview9.1

Mapping Center Answer:

By printing cards, I'm assuming one of two things.  First is that you need to print maps on post cards (or post card sized card stock), or second that you've got some cardstock from your local office supply store that is perforated, and you want to print on those.  If either is what you need, then you were on the right track in that an MXT (map template document) is the right way to go.

The first case is pretty easy:

  1. From the File menu choose Page and Print Setup
  2. Set the printer to the printer you will be using
  3. Set the page size--depending on your printer driver's predefined page sizes, you may need to create a custom page size and save it--check your printer's documentation for instructions--tip: use the internet, most printer companies publish up to date documentation for their products online.
  4. In the Map Page Size section (near the bottom left) check the Use Printer Paper Settings option.
  5. That should get you started, you'll need to test these settings and potentially refine them until you have a process that you can document for future use.

The second case will require some measuring, potentially some rotating, and some copying/pasting.

  1. From the File menu choose Page and Print Setup
  2. Set the printer to the printer you will be using
  3. Set the page size--most likely this is 8.5 x 11 portrait orientation.
  4. In the Map Page Size section (near the bottom left) check the Use Printer Paper Settings option.
  5. Measure where the perforations are on your perforated cardstock. Then in your layout create guides that indicate where these perforations are located.
  6. Next, I usually just move my guides in on each card about 1/8 to 1/4 inch, which will mean adding extra guides at edges that two cards share.
  7. Design your layout within one of the cards. Use the guides created in steps 5 and 6. Test print this layout and get approved.
  8. Select all of the elements created in step 7.  Group them.
  9. Copy the group and paste that group for each card in the cardstock, moving each newly pasted group so that it is exactly aligned.  If you used your guides (step 7), this will be easy.

Since you're making a template, I would suggest stopping the template after either step 6 or step 7; the groups and extra copies will just confuse people who need to use the template. If anybody else is using the template, you should create instructions for them.

Last,  I've described this second as though you were making a template (.mxt).   In this case, I would not recommend making an MXT, which as I remember manages layout elements a bit differently and won't allow you to leverage this template as the basis for other templates.  Instead just save your document as an MXD, and instruct anyone using it to immediately save their document as a new file name.  The MXT file format is identical to the MXD format; the only difference is that when you use an MXT your ability to work is a little more restricted, which is sometimes undesirable.

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