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I published a service to ArcGIS Server 10.1 from an .mxd with no halos around the labels and created a flex application using the flex viewer. When I browse to the map here and zoom in on an individual trail segment, the labels become very grainy and appear to have a white halo around them, making them very difficult to read. It becomes exceptionally noticeable when imagery is used as a basemap.

Is there any thing I can do to stop the labels from getting all messy looking or is this just how they look when using flex?

  • Do you have anti-aliasing turned on for your features in your map service? – Radar May 15 '13 at 22:18
  • My Anti-Aliasing settings are as follows: Anti-Aliasing = none Text Anti-Aliasing=forced I tried changing these settings, clearing my browser cache, and revisiting the map but no luck on fixing it. – cl3 May 16 '13 at 13:43
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Stick to standard web fonts. I've had luck with using Verdana black with white halos, if you want the halos. But it appears you do not.

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I know this is an old question, but wanted to share that I fixed this problem by caching my services using PNG32 format instead of PNG8. I had tried changing my fonts prior to that and that didn't help.

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Be sure to be using the standard label engine and not Maplex. Maplex doesn't work well with ArcGIS services.

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I turned out to be a simple change of font that fixed my problem.

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