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Overlapping point symbols

April 29 2009 | 0 comments
Categories: Symbology

I am creating a map book (144 outputs) involving a point feature class where most of the points are located very close together. Using the scale at which I need to generate my maps, the points look like a blob and my labels are not clear. Is there any way I can use a cartographic representation (leaving my point geometry intact) to display the points and labels in a way so they are readable? It is not feasable for me to go through by hand and individually nudge every point.

Mapping Center Answer:

We wrote a couple of blog entries on displacing overlapping points - one uses Maplex and two use the Disperse Markers tool:

Displaying Coincident Points - this uses Maplex

How to scatter stacked or clustered marker symbols for point features and Using the Disperse Markers tool to show community amenities - these use a Cartography tool called Disperse Markers.

Hopefully one of these will provide the solution you are looking for. If now, write back!


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