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Gap on Callouts

June 11 2008 | 4 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Labeling

How would you control the width on a callout leader line where it joins the text box portion of the callout?

Mapping Center Answer:

When you're editing annotation, select the annotation feature with a leader line, and in the attributes window click the Leader button. (shown below)

Another VERY important thing to know when you're editing annotation where you may be adding leaderlines interactively, is to set the Editor Options so that the new leader lines use the correct symbol.  From the Editor menu choose Options, then show the Annotation tab, and click the Leader button (in the Leader Symbol section).  Unfortunately the editing experience doesn't explicitly manage this, i.e., determine the correct leader symbol based on the text symbol for the annotation feature you have selected, so you may need to adjust your leader symbol in the Editor Options each time you edit a different annotation feature class (if they use different colors or styles of text).


Balloon Callout posted by Mamie Anding on Jun 11 2008 12:46PM
I'm sorry. I was not clear on the type of callout I'm using.

I'm using balloon callouts, not line callouts. I need to control the width of the leader where it joins the text box. When the balloon callout is moved closer to or further away from the base point, the leader becomes wider or narrower. I'd like to make it remain one width.
Balloon leader connection posted by Charlie Frye on Jun 11 2008 1:39PM
Unfortunately there is no way to control the width of the balloon callout's leader where it meets the background box.
callout leader width posted by marie ducharme on Jul 15 2010 8:19AM
It is very unfortunate that there is no way to control the width of the balloon callout's leader where it meets the background box. It is an issue that I struggle with almost weekly. If anyone has a work-around for this, please share it!
Known issue posted by Aileen Buckley on Aug 18 2010 12:35PM
This is a known issue that I understand we plan to address in a later release.

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