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Inserting Image into Callout Labels

September 30 2009 | 2 comments
Categories: Labeling, Map Elements


I have a hyperlinked point shapefile that links to a set of GPS jpeg images. I would like to have the images display in callout labels on my map. Is this possible? I'm using Arcmap 9.1. Note that I posted the same question here:


Mapping Center Answer:

Unfortunately there's no way to do what you're asking for automatically.  The labeling functionality is relegated to text.  Hyperlinks and HTML Popups (added in 9.3 [I think]), are dynamic/interactive functionality for the content you describe.

So, you'd need to either set these up as raster layers and georeference each image into place, or add them as pictures (make sure to just reference them, and not add them to the MXD--which would become huge).

thanks posted by Steve Young on Oct 5 2009 9:37AM
Thanks for your prompt response to my question. Perhaps you could consider the functionality I described as a feature request? We use our GPS camera for all our projects, being able to integrate it's output with Arcmap would be very helpful. The ability to automatically label with a GPS image versus doing it manually is the difference between it being done and not done. The current project has over 100 images, it would be hard to justify the time required to have a tech manually insert them as images.

Note that ArcPhoto does what I want, in that it can automatically create a picture label, although having it produce labels is both rather complicated and involved when what's required is a simple labeling exercise (I already have a point shapefile, and although I'm sure creating a raster gdb has advantages, I would be happy to have it as an optional rather than required step.)

Hope these comments are of some value.
Thanks for the suggestion - we will pass it along! posted by Aileen Buckley on Oct 6 2009 9:39AM
Thanks for your suggestion for this enhancement to labeling -- we will be sure to pass it along to our colleagues here who work on the labeling aspects of the software.

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