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I have a series of maps to create for a project (30+ maps). The maps will be at varying scales (roughly between 1:1000 and 1:6000). I have a geodatabase containing various annotation and point feature classes. On the annotation features, the reference scale is set to 1:6000.

When I move to a new map within the study area, the scale changes almost every time. I want my text to stay the same size (for consistency), regardless of the scale of a given map. The annotation features do not follow rivers or roads (which would dictate they be tied to a reference scale), they are just indicators of features on the ground.

At this point, I'm creating a new category of annotation and point features for each differing scale in my .gdb, and naming them accordingly (ie - 1:3000 Anno). I'm basically doing the math on the scale change versus the text size (ie - if I'm going from 6000 to 3000, and my original text was a 10 font, it now becomes a 5 font). Additionally, some of my text has a halo around it, which also needs to be modified in accordence (using the same mathematics).

Is there a better way to do this without needing a script? If not, is there a script that will do this and how do I run it (for dummies)? If my objective is unclear, feel free to edit my question or ask for additional details.

Thanks in advance

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Do you have Maplex? What license level do you have? –  Jakub Mar 15 '12 at 20:35
    
I have access to maplex & an ArcInfo level licence (first come, first serve floating licences), but no experience with the use of either one of them. What do you have in mind? –  Dano Mar 15 '12 at 20:49
    
Why would you have the labels at the same scale at the lowest and the highest extents –  Justin Mar 15 '12 at 23:18
    
@ Justin - Direct quote from my question "I want my text to stay the same size (for consistency), regardless of the scale of a given map. The annotation features do not follow rivers or roads (which would dictate they be tied to a reference scale), they are just indicators of features on the ground." They are acronyms and indicaors on LIDAR imagery ... nothing more. Your question was answered before you asked it. –  Dano Mar 16 '12 at 14:15
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@Dano, Would it be too much work to just label the feature class and avoid working with the annotation feature class? This way your label will be the same size at all scales? –  artwork21 Mar 16 '12 at 18:51

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