Jump to content

 
Photo

ArcMap scale issue

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1
nkd215

nkd215

    Newbie

  • New Member
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • No Country Selected

Hi There

I've never posted here before though I have lurked quite a bit. I have been having a scale bar problem today I am hoping someone might shed some light on for me.

I am creating a 24" x 36" orthophoto based map that is 1:245, 1 inch= 20 feet. When I print the map out, the scale bar reads 1 inch=20 feet but when I checked the scale bar with an actual engineering scale, it was off slightly- 1 inch actually equaled about 19 feet.

I know that I can potentially fix this by converting the scale bar to graphics and manually resizing it... but is there any other way to fix this problem? I am guessing there is a very simple answer...

Thanks!

#2
David Medeiros

David Medeiros

    Hall of Fame

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,060 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Redwood City CA
  • Interests:Cartography, wood working, wooden boats, fishing, camping, overland travel, exploring.
  • United States

It's possibly a print conversion issue. What format are you printing from? If PDF make sure you have the "scale to fit..." option unchecked.

I assume you are printing from a projected layer? If its Lat/Long there may be an issue there as well. If the scale bar is dynamically adjusting to the changing scale of an un-projected image its possible that it may change dimensions a little but not enough to kick the verbal scale over.

Chances are it's neither of these, but all I could think of. Good luck!

GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.

 

www.mapbliss.com

 


#3
Gretchen Peterson

Gretchen Peterson

    Master Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 235 posts
  • United States

Are you by chance creating a pdf from a mapbook? If so, I believe this is a known issue. To fix it you do have to convert the scale bar to a graphic.

#4
nkd215

nkd215

    Newbie

  • New Member
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • No Country Selected

I'm printing directly from the mxd file....

Also, it is in NAD 83 state plane ... does that matter?




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

-->