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i want to export a map for later editing before print, so i thought about converting all the annotations and and graphics and save them in the .mxd map.

when i export graphics after exporting labels , the graphics cover some labels, and there is no option to make the graphics in back level. but when i export the graphics before exporting labels, the labels makes some displacement due to some maplex config, dispite making a maplex lock on labels, it cannot be fixed.

i would like to know if there's a way to manipulate graphics and annotation as layers despite saving them in the map.

if there is an alternative solution to edit map in a CAD like style before print is welcome.

i'm using ArcMap 10.1.

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You can edit annotation - or setup a rule or two with the Maplex engine to not clash with other text,annotation or features. –  Mapperz Oct 9 '12 at 13:28
    
I heard ppl often using Adobe Illustrator for working on Labels –  najuste Oct 9 '12 at 13:48
    
@Mapperz Thanks a lot, i have update Maplex Rules, and it worked, Can you move you comment into answer please. –  geogeek Oct 9 '12 at 13:50
    
@najuste i'm looking for automated stuff, like Arcpy –  geogeek Oct 9 '12 at 13:51

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" You can edit annotation - or setup a rule or two with the Maplex engine to not clash with other text,annotation or features"

Maplex Engine Rules

Preventing overlapping

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#/Preventing_labels_from_overlapping_certain_features/00s80000003t000000/

Reducing the label size

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#/Reducing_the_size_of_the_label_text/00s800000057000000/

When you happy with the results then you can convert into annotation.

Maplex is now standard with the Standard/Advance version of ArcGIS 10.1

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