Is there a way to factor data frames and the legend when having placing labels using the Maplex Label Engine?
I am talking specifically about the labels for roads and contours. I really don't want to have to convert the labels to annotation and manually move them, and these are the labels that always seem to find a way to hide partially under an inset map, even when there is no apparent need to have the label in that one exact spot.
My current way around this is to create a polygon with no fill or border that fits under the inset and legend and give the polygon a suitable weighting. This works, and sometimes is quite handy at making the map look decent to show what is underneath the legend/inset map, but it seems like the placement of the labels should already factor in the map elements, and the process is becoming tedious enough to ask the question here.
Am I missing something in the labeling toolbar that allows this?