Using an arcpy Python toolbox (.pyt) as a Print Service in ArcGIS for Server

A Python Toolbox

Python toolboxes in ArcGIS are great. They’re even better then regular Python script in Toolboxes. Let me explain why and show you how to use an Python toolbox in a Print Service in ArcGIS for Server.

Since many years now, when you do any geoprocessing in ArcGIS for Desktop, you are able to incorporate a script in an toolbox in ArcMap or ArcCatalog. This enables you to do some more customizing if compared to the “drag-and-drop” modelling in toolboxes.

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Configuring Aptana for use with Arcpy

Aptana is a very good tool to write your Python scripts in. And since ArcGIS is equiped with loads of opportunities to use Python, Aptana is a good choice for developing your Arcpy (= ArcGIS’ site package for Python) scripts. Enabling Arcpy within Aptana is not very complicated, but you need to set a few configurations right. And if you forget this, it can be quite time consuming to find the solution.

So: a few pointers.

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