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I have created an annotation feature class in Arc10 and when viewed within the database, looks great. However, whenever I go into catalog and export the annotation feature class to a shapefile, it turns the shapefile into a polygon layer. The Text is still within the attribute table, and when going into properties to set to proper fields, it does not display. I have only appended the annotation and have not feature linked them. This worked on dummy data, but now it is screwy on project data. Is there something that I am doing or a way to export annotation within a .mdb to a .shp?

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the process you have described works fine for me in 10.2. Do you use 10.0? Can you outline the exact sequence of steps you are performing? –  Alex Tereshenkov Nov 14 '13 at 18:03
    
It is in 10 and not 10.2. –  Greg Nov 14 '13 at 18:09
    
You can convert the polygon (with attribute name) to a line. then label the line. –  Mapperz Nov 14 '13 at 18:11
    
I am create a new mdb, then add an annotation feature class in catalog. I then head into Map and then add in a road shp, then label and then convert to annotation. Append it to the feature class within the database. From there is converts and works fine within the database. After I make my edits, I head back into catalog and export the feature class to a shp. When I then bring in the newly exported shp, it is polygons, text is still there, but only boxes are displayed and not the text like within the mdb. –  Greg Nov 14 '13 at 18:11
    
OK, do you mean you add your shapefile to a map document and it has no labels? You are supposed to label the layer in the TOC (check the TextString field in the shapefile). –  Alex Tereshenkov Nov 14 '13 at 18:24
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