I have annotations in a GDB file that I need to extract to load into a non-ESRI spatial store. It's my understanding that there isn't any tool to export annotations to a shape file. I need to copy points, text, and style info.
I have not worked with annotations before. My prior experience with ESRI products involves writing a shape file parser in C#.Net and writing .Net code that interacts with the C API for ArcSDE to query ArcSDE. It's my understanding that ArcSDE SE_annotation methods don't really return very much detail about annotations, so I would be open to working with ArcObjects as well. I've been reviewing that API, however, and I'm not clear on how I would query annotations.
If anyone has experience with this sort of thing and can suggest ideas or point me to relevant documentation I'd be very grateful.