Maplex options available to all users

Idea created by ksjosh82 on Jan 25, 2011
    I don't have the Maplex extension but I noticed there are some neat features in it.  I can't see forking over even more money to buy this extension.  What I would like to see is expanded options to the basic labeling engine.  It seems that surely some of the maplex options could be added and not necessarily all of them.  I have a number of instances where it could be helpful but I feel that it should be standard on the software.