2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 5, 2012 10:38 AM by afischbach

    updating extent of dataframe

      I wish to work through a long list of tracked animal behavior bouts,
      updating my map layer definitions to the depict behaviors from this bout,
      zooming to the behaviors within this bout, and exporting the resultant map as a graphic.

      Here is a script outline to do this.

      The problem is that the map extent does not get updated after the first bout is handled.

      Have I missed a trick to ensure that the map extent is properly updated and the result
      reflected in the output map?

      import pyodbc
      cnxn = pyodbc.connect(DRIVER, DBQ=  db, autocommit=True)
      cursor = cnxn.cursor()
      SQL = "SELECT * from trackedAnimalBehaviorBout_tbl"

      import arcpy
      for row in cursor.fetchall():
      Bout = row.Bout ## grab behavior bout from trackedAnimalBehaviorBout_tbl

      mxd=arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(MYMXD) ## Open an mxd
      df=arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mxd)[0] ## grab the first dataframe
      for lyr in arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd): ## Loop through list of layers in the dataframe
        if lyr.name == "BehaviorX":    ## Handle layer for 'BehaviorX'
                  dfQ = "[BehaviorX] = 1 and [Bout] = '" + Bout + "'"
                  lyr.definitionQuery = dfQ   ## Update layer def query
                  BehaveBoutExtent = lyr.getExtent() ## grab hold of Exent of this layer

      try: ## Try to zoom the dataframe to the extent of Behavior X for row.Bout
              print ("updating df extent from ")
              print df.extent
              print "to"
              print BehaveBoutExtent
              df.extent = BehaveBoutExtent   ## Zoom to the BehaveBoutExtent
              print("Updated Extent to")
              print df.extent

      try: ## Export to a graphic file for later reveiw
        png = (r"\\" + r"MYFILELOCATION" + os.sep + str(Bout) + ".png")
              arcpy.mapping.ExportToPNG(mxd,png, resolution=80)