The Map Layout report allows you to easily export the area of the map that you are zoomed to into a predefined report template. Another option is to export the map directly from ArcGIS using File > Export Map, but the formatting of the Map Layout report is consistent with the other reports available in Business Analyst. You can choose between creating a map of the current extent or creating a series of maps.
Data view versus layout view
- If the ArcMap data view is open, a report is returned with only what is shown in the view.
- If the ArcMap layout view is open, a report is returned with what is shown in the view, along with any marginalia, such as a map legend, a scale bar, your logos, and a north arrow.
Below are visual examples of the outputs for map layout reports using the data view and layout view.
Example of a map series
This example shows the Map Layout report using the Create Series of Maps option. You can start with a trade area layer that includes several polygons and convert them to reports or images (JPEG, BMP). In this example, multiple drive-time trade areas are exported to image files. A separate file is created for each trade area ID.