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Already converted to annotation: chance to generate layer files gone?

November 03 2010 | 3 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Labeling

Hello! I have toiled (and you with me!) away making some fantastic label expressions, classes, etc., and now I'd like to use some of those choices on another file. Unfortunately, I have already converted to annotation, stored in a geodatabase feature class, and now I don't know how to start the new file with the appropriate label classes and expressions already in place. Thoughts? Thank you!

Mapping Center Answer:

There are two scenarios here:

1.  You still have the MXD and/or the layers that you used to create the annotation.  The typical case is that these layers will have had their labeling turned off (if you saved the MXD after producing the annotation).  If you have this MXD, just turn off the annotation layers and you can use them to determine which layers to turn labeling on for.  Then copy those layers to your new map. 

2.  You don't have the original MXD.  In this case you can use ArcCatalog to view the Annotation feature class properties.  In ArcGIS 10, we improved ArcCatalog for this use; you can now go to the Annotation classes tab and select each tab, and then at the bottom right use the Label Styles button to save the Label Style (combination of labeling rules and text symbol) to a style file.  You couldn't do this in previous versions (sorry there's no good answer for previous versions).

Added 11/17/2010:  See 3rd Comment below about feature linked annotation being a requirement for #2 above.

Thank you! posted by Marianne Farretta on Nov 5 2010 7:27AM
#2 is a wonderful new feature; thank you!
ArcCatalog Label Styles posted by Marianne Farretta on Nov 16 2010 10:17AM
Would you please detail the procedure described in #2 above? I do not find a Label Styles button in ArcCatalog. Thank you!
Feature Linked only posted by Charlie Frye on Nov 17 2010 9:20AM
When I originally tested this I had feature linked annotation, which is what is required. Meaning the good news is that the Label Styles button is also available in 9.3.1 as well.

So, to be clear, to take advantage of #2, you would also need to have produced feature linked annotation.

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