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LatLon or LonLat, what's the “right” way to display coordinates and inputs?

I'm trying to get a sense if this is an issue for others or every input/output should be labeled so user is not confused and just go with it? I think almost everyone pronounces it as "LatLon". Who ...
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Why do these annotations appear stacked/overlapping?

I've encountered a strange problem while trying to populate an annotation feature class programmatically (ArcObjects, C#). As you can see in the image below, the characters in each text string seem to ...
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Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS?

Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS? I have a map which has almost-duplicate labels in some places (e.g. E 1st St and 1st St) and I'd like to remove some of them. Also, I'd like to move ...
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Can I alter font size using label expression?

I have two label classes displaying dynamically over my parcel polygons. The owner info is the major label with larger font size and bellow it I am displaying some property type info in smaller font. ...
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Why are annotation features containing both GraphicElement and TextElement objects not drawing in an ArcGIS Server map service?

I am building annotation features with Python/comtypes/ArcObjects. The annotation works great in ArcMap (10.1), but it is does not draw when published to a map service in ArcGIS Server. Each piece ...
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Handle annotation layers with arcpy

I want to access annotation layers using arcpy (the purpose is to verify few text strings in text annotations). By annotation I mean draw tool annotations, not dynamic labels. These annotation layers ...
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Is there a way to dynamically hide annotations that intersect map extent border?

I have a feature linked annotation feature class with a number of annotations displayed only partially on the edges of the visible extent of the layout data frame. The link annotation class will be ...
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Can you create new annotation feature classes with Python in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am working on a project that needs to create file geodatabases from scratch and I cannot find any information about how to make new feature classes as annotation with Python. Does anyone have any ...
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Are there any good alternatives to the Maplex (ESRI) labeling engine?

I am running ArcGIS 10 (ArcView) with the standard labeling engine. I am very familiar with Maplex and have used it in the past but it still lacked the "feature-linked" functionality given the type of ...
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Uniform Annotation Font Size in Multiple Data Frames

I'm making a map that has five inset maps that display a smaller map scale where point features are more dense. I have exported my labels to annotations in the geodatabase so that I could fit the ...
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Why is the Edit Vertices button (Draw Toolbar) enabled for some annotations but disabled for others?

I keep running into this: Export Labels in Layer A & B to annotations (In Map, In current extent only) Enable Focus Data frame Click on annotation exported from Layer A Click the Edit Vertices ...
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How to position contour labels in Maplex above the line?

I would like to utilize the "contour placement" options of "Uphill alignment" and "Laddering" while positioning the label above the contour not over it. This does not seem to be an option under the ...
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How to retrieve the per-feature value rendered when IGeoFeatureLayer.DisplayAnnotation is true (ArcObjects with C#)?

In another area of my application I'd like to display the per-feature label value rendered when Labeling is turned on in ArcMap, i.e. when IGeoFeatureLayer.DisplayAnnotation becomes true. I have a ...
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Multiple leader lines on one annotation (non feature-linked)

Is it possible to link multiple leaders lines to one piece of annotation? I'm working in ArcGIS 10.2 Desktop Advanced with non-feature linked geodatabase annotation. I have hundreds of numbers ...
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ArcGIS 10: convert labels to points

is there a way to convert labels, created by Maplex labeling engine to point features? In MapInfo and CAD software, it's possible to convert labels to points. Those point features include a text and ...
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Can I create a reusable text annotation style in QGIS?

I want to create a fairly simple map with a few locations emphasized using annotations. I don't like the default annotation formatting: So, I've reformatted the annotation background color, ...
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km2 or sqkm - which is more correct?

What is more correct, km2 or sqkm? I'd prefer to use km with a superscript 2, but it's not always possible to format text that way so I was just wondering if there is a convention that should be ...
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How to have different annotations for the same feature?

I've been given a dataset that has two different annotations set for a single feature which I can flip between. See below screenshot which allows me to set either a blue or red leader line for the ...
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ArcObjects: How to get from IFeatureClass on annotation feature class to IAnnoClass?

I am working in Python 2.6 and ArcGIS 10.0 through comtypes, so I have full ArcObjects access. (See the answer I tacked onto the related question "How do I access arcobjects from python?") That ...
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Annotation boxes not drawing correctly in ArcMap 10.0 SP2

I have about 400 annotation features in ArcMap 10. The style is a simple text box with an arrow. The annotation draws correctly when viewed up close on screen but the arrow detaches from the text ...
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ArcGIS: Place all labels on a map non overlapped

I was wondering if there is a way to place all labels on a map non overlapping, but by extending an arrow/line from the label to the point. I've tried the call out box, but I couldn't find a way to ...
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Getting Annotation Text Geometry as Polygon Using Arcobjects

How can i get the rectangle boundary of an annotation object using ArcObjects? Once we select an object on the map, there is a boundary as shown in the first picture. Also is there an option to get ...
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Is there a way to force leader lines to polyline centroids in ArcGIS Desktop 10?

I'm making a pretty standardized set of maps that include alphabetical labels for specific stream segments. As it stands, all my label leader lines snap to the downstream end of my polylines. My ...
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Using annotation layer inside group layer without getting error adding element?

How do you get an annotation layer working inside a group layer? When I try, I get the error message "error adding element". I have a project that requires several annotation layer to be organised ...
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How could I label features and convert them to annotations with arcpy?

how could I do the following steps with arcpy: right-click on the layer with the features Label Features Convert Labels to Annotations ... The annotions should be saved in a new shapefile. How ...
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ArcGlobe annotation

Hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. All i want to do is put some labels on a globe in ArcGlobe. I've spent time looking here : http://resources.arcgis.com and here ...
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Dynamically Change Annotation Font Size According To Parcel Area

I'm looking for a solution to change annotation font size in an automated/dynamic way. The annotation data represents civic addresses and are displayed over a parcel fabric. What we would like to do ...
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When using feature-linked annotation in ArcGIS 10, can I create multiple annotations from one feature?

I have a road that I want to create multiple annotations for. Is it possible to attach more than one annotation to the same feature?
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How do I programmatically create non-feature-linked, simple line callout annotation and set the anchor point?

Vitals: ArcGIS-ArcView 10.0, Python 2.6.5, PythonWin, comtypes I'll start with my main questions: How, using ArcObjects, do I go about creating non-feature-linked geodatabase annotation features ...
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Create easy Annotations from point features with python in ArcGIS 10.0

Because in ArcGIS 10.0 there is still no simple toolbox function to convert labels to Annotation, I try to go a substitude way with the callable Toolbox function [TiledLabelsToAnnotation][1] on a ...
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Create annotation features programatically

I am using the ESRI Silverlight API for my application. For points, polylines and polygons the Editor class combined with feature layers works great. But it looks like I have encountered a problem. My ...
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Labeling large number of streets in ArcGIS

Anyone know of a decent way to label a large street network for large scale printing that doesn't involve manual editing/shifting? Even with advance placement properties there seems to be a number of ...
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Can I “stack” labels in ArcMap (ArcView) without Maplex?

I do not see any obvious setting for stacking labels in ArcMap (ArcView license). Am I missing something or do i have to write a complex expression to stack my labels?
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CAD annotation guide lines do not show in Arcmap

When I open a CAD file in Arcmap the annotation's guid lines and arrows linking to feature do not appear. see snapshots below. how can I show thses guides in armap?
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How to speed up map display performance?

I was wondering if there is any trick I can use to speed up zooming in/ out or panning through my maps in Arcmap. I usually work on county-wide studies in which I have lots of base layers, imagery and ...
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Using arcpy.Describe Method on Annotation layers

I'm testing layers in the current document using the Describe function. My code is: for lyr in arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(df): if(lyr.isGroupLayer == False and lyr.isRasterLayer == False): ...
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Is there a way of changing reference scale of existing dimension feature class?

I have an existing dimension feature class that I would like to change a reference scale of. Is that possible at all? Or do I have to always create a new one, with desired reference scale, and then ...
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Annotation in ArcView 3.2

I've been asked to take a parcel layer (shapefile) that contains house numbers and create an annotation layer so the house numbers are displayed in a separate annotation layer rather than a label to ...
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How do I choose a specific position for ArcMap labels

ArcMap 10.1: Labels on tiles I have set up for data driven pages randomly locate around the page instead of in the centre or in the corner where I want them to be despite allowing overlapping labels ...
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When editing feature-linked annotation with font color white, the annotation disappears

When moving or editing the annotation, the annotation disappears. We are editing on a black background, so the text isn't just blending in to the background. The attribute table does not show any ...
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Can one convert text annotations to a layer in Qgis?

I know text annotations can be turned on & off with Ctrl+T... but is there any way to export them as a layer? Thanks!
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Picture Labels with leader line from point without annotation?

The closest thing I have is using a line call out in the text background, then placing the picture in the line call out border. But the picture tiles throughout. Is what I am trying to do even ...
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How to bulk change annotation locations?

I'm working with a large number of labels that I've converted to annotation (using ArcMap 10.1). All of them need to fit within the parcel borders that they correspond to. Is there a way to do it all ...
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Annotation in ArcGIS Desktop 10

Question: How do I change the display of my annotation feature class from the field titled 'TextString' to 'OBJECTID' or any other field? Background: I have produced an extensive set of annotation in ...
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Transparency in Labels/annotations

I am trying to get my labels transparent. I have converted them into annotation and unable to make the annotations transparent. I have kept annotation in the map. My annotation layer does not appear ...
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What's wrong with my label formatting?

I have some formatting issues with my labels. I am using a fairly straight forward expression (see below). It sort of works fine but some formatting is being ignored, namely the ALL CAPS ACP tags. ...
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Does QGIS Recognize Annotation Feature Classes from File Geodatabase?

My work has recently set up QGIS to access an Esri file geodatabase on a shared drive for my co-workers. I have not used QGIS much, but I have encountered an issue where the annotation feature ...
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How do I stack feature class annotation?

I have map annotation that is stored in a database (as a feature class), but that is not linked to the features. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to edit it so that I can take a label of say ...
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Is there a layer type that supports just labels?

Is there an OpenLayers layer type that supports just labels on a map without an underlying feature? I think this is called an annotations layer in GIS? If not, I'm not sure how to approach this and ...
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Annotation stored in a database is not showing my leader lines

I am using 10.2.2, I initially tried to use just plain annotation to label my features. This however was not useful as it was very laggy and took at least 30 sec or more to choose each individual ...