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Visually move overlapping point symbols

March 03 2008 | 1 comment
Categories: Cartographic Representations

I need to plot a map at a certain scale of my water network system. Some of my valves overlap when using a scale size that is viewable. I have the symbology as small as possible without losing sight of the valves. How do I make it appear as though I moved the valves so that they do not touch or overlap in my printed map? My dataset is a geometric network.

Mapping Center Answer:

This is a perfect example of how/why you should use cartographic representations. Simply convert your existing symbology to 'reps', and move the individual representation marker symbols as necessary by using the Representations toolbar in an ArcMap edit session. The underlying geometric network junctions (i.e., geometry and topology) will remain intact, but your map will be much easier to read. The caveat is that you need ArcGIS 9.2 with at least an Editor licence.

Don't forget to check out ArcScripts as well posted by Charlie Frye on Mar 3 2008 3:02PM
http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=15365

This script just showed up recently--it pays to check ArcScripts every so often.

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