I've set up data driven pages to create a series of maps, but I'm running into a problem which seems like it would be quite common!
I've made some tables (as graphics) using ArcPy and the technique described an Answer to another Question: Adding Table to Layout View using ArcPy?.
However, with a series of maps, sometimes these graphics will cover my points layer.
Does anybody know how to (at least) flag when a point is hidden by my tables?
The way I would approach this is:
- Get the corners of your table graphic in page units (perhaps call them tXmin,tYmin,tXmax,tYmax) - you should be able to get these from your script that adds your table as a graphic either straightaway or with a slight enhancement to it.
- Get the locations of any point features that you want to avoid in map units - perhaps use arcpy.da.SearchCursor to do this
- Use the technique from another Q&A (Convert point XY to page units XY using arcpy?) to convert these points in map units to page units.
- Test each point in page units to see whether it is within the corners of your table graphic rectangle (tXmin,tYmin,tXmax,tYmax)