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Does anyone know of a tool or procedure to automatically place a label in the corner of a polygon, rather than at the centroid?

I am using Mapinfo and know that I can manually place the label there, but I have a lot of polygons and would prefer to do it automatically, especially as the polygons change every so often.

Even better would be a way to do this in ArcGIS, but it doesn't seem to have as much control over labelling.

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If you have access to the Maplex Extension for ArcMap you can pretty much do anything you can imagine when it comes to labeling.

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True point here, used it last year –  Hairy Apr 24 '12 at 13:38
It looks like that may be what I'm after. I guess it'll be a question of pricing (for something that should be included in the first place). –  Ian Apr 25 '12 at 23:30
Very unfortunate indeed -- but it looks very powerful, I'm going to have to hop on that horse myself. Thank god for government licensing agreements. –  Roy Apr 26 '12 at 10:59
UPDATE: MAPLEX is the default labeling engine in ArcMap Desktop 10.1, which is scheduled for June 2012. resourcesbeta.arcgis.com/en/help/pdf/whats_new_in_arcgis.pdf (Page 4) –  Roy May 14 '12 at 15:35

You can label in a position.

Go into layer control (right click) and then select the layer you want, then the label button. IN there, is all the positioning you need.

EDIT (apoliogies, I did that blind):

In MapBasic, you can do the following in the mapbasic window (very easy) or you can script it:

  • Loop through your objects in the layer you want to label
  • get the objects x,y you want (using ObjectInfo if I remember correctly)
  • then adjust the label based on that.

Code to adjust is:

Set Map Layer 1 Label Object 1 
    Visibility On 
    Anchor (0, 85) ’anchor the label at this (x,y)

MapBasic User/Reference Guide

You could also look at this; trial version is free, in case it works for you: evermap.com/evername.asp

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That only allows you to chose the placement relative to the centroid from what I can see. I thought there may be an aftermarket add on or tool to do what I want. –  Ian Apr 24 '12 at 7:36
Thanks for taking the time to edit the initial answer - I hadn't thought of using object info. –  Ian Apr 25 '12 at 23:31

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