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The Strip Map Index Features tool calculates the rotation angle using a method that fails to keep north oriented toward the top of the page when using data driven pages.

Last Published: April 16, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000084918
SubmittedJanuary 30, 2015
Last ModifiedOctober 20, 2021
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.2.2
Operating SystemWindows
Operating System Version7
StatusWill Not Be Addressed

Additional Information

We apologize that we were unable to address this issue within the current product support cycle. If the issue continues to affect your work in a supported release, please contact Technical Support.


Use the Calculate Polygon Main Angle tool and select either the 'Geographic' or 'Graphic' rotation methods. User must experiment to see which method yields the better results because it is dependent on the parameters selected in the Strip Map Index Features tool to generate the polygons.For Basic licenses:
  1. Open the attribute table for the StripMapIndexFeature layer (right-click > Open Attribute Table)
  2. Add a new field by hitting the drop-down in the top-left > Add Field
  3. Give the field a name like "Angle2" and give it a field type of "Double"
  4. Right-click the new field's name > Field Calculator
  5. Once that is open, double-click the existing "Angle" field and subtract 180, so it looks like:  [Angle] - 180
  6. Once you have the values carried over, open the Data Driven Pages properties and change the Orientation field to "Angle2"
  7. This should properly orientate your map S-N

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000084918


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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