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how could I do the following steps with arcpy:

  1. right-click on the layer with the features
  2. Label Features
  3. Convert Labels to Annotations ...

The annotions should be saved in a new shapefile.

How could I do this in python?

  • The shapefile format does not support annotation. Are you looking to save them in a file geodatabase as annotations or in a point shapefile with text, angle, level, height, and symbol attributes? – PolyGeo Jul 24 '11 at 23:06
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You can use the Tiled Labels To Annotation Geoprocessing tool.

import arcpy

# Settings
scale = "30000"  
folder = "D:\Temp\LBL.gdb"  
arcpy.env.workspace = folder  

# Mapdocument
map = r"D:\Temp\MAP-LBL.mxd"  

# Local variables:
dataFrame = "Layer"  
grid = "Grid"  
group = "Group"  
suffix = "Anno"  
fid = "tile"  
link = "STANDARD"  # not linked = "STANDARD" / linked = "FEATURE_LINKED"   
unplace = "GENERATE_UNPLACED_ANNOTATION"  

# Process: Tiled Labels To Annotation
arcpy.TiledLabelsToAnnotation_cartography(map, dataFrame, grid, folder, group, suffix, scale, "", fid, "", "", link, unplace)
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Below is a similar question to yours that was answered on this site.

Creating labels based on attribute field in shapefile with Arcpy?

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    There is nothing in this post about Annotation, only labeling features. – klewis Jun 26 '14 at 21:36
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You can enable labels through use of the LabelClass class in arcpy's mapping module, but I am not aware of a method for creating annotations in python. Hopefully this will be added as ESRI continues to improve arcpy functionality and integration.

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