Currently requires about 14-20 clicks to add a halo to a label. Then the same to change it if you don't like the result!
Thanks for the great feedback! With the release of ArcGIS Pro, the contextual interface and panes are designed to make your iterative workflows fast and easy, also making it possible to apply a halo to a label quickly. Click the layer in the Contents pane you want to label, go to the Labeling tab, turn labels on and click the downward arrow on the Text Symbol group. This takes you to the Label Class pane where you can apply a halo and work with any of the symbol properties until you achieve the look you're going for in very few clicks.
With all due respect, people aren't complaining about this in ArcGIS Pro. Fix it in Arcmap, that product that "isn't going away". There is so much wasted space on the Symbol Properties tabs that it shouldn't be that difficult for ESRI to elevate this property within the dialog.
I, too, am one of those who believe that ArcGIS Pro is not ready for prime-time. However, my impression is that this is part of the nudge that ESRI is using to move us to the new product, by adding long requested features to the new software. At last month's ESRI user conference Jack Dangermond said in his plenary address that he expects most users will be using ArcGIS Pro by next year, 2017. Clearly, despite claims to the contrary, the ESRI leadership has deprecated ArcMap as a product in their minds.
I'm right there with you, David. I know ArcGIS Pro is the eventual replacement product but I just find it somewhat insulting for ESRI to categorize this idea as "implemented" when it was put forward by the user base WELL before ArcGIS Pro was a product. You haven't fixed the original issue.
The problem here isn't having to rewrite the Windows GDI for the entire application as was the case with transparency for graphics (which is what gave birth to ArcGIS Pro, BTW). This is simply a case of moving/re-arranging controls on a Windows form. But they can't be bothered by something so basic. Bah. I've been doing this for too long..
Simple. I created a Style that is hallowed text in the format I use all the time. All you need to is create is once and save it.
then when you want to apply it by clicking on Symbol and the saved Style. In my case I called it Halo. The only changes I make to it are size and color. And those are easy.
I have about 8 or 9 styles I set up the way I want..
That's certainly one approach. I, myself, created a tool in a .Net add-in that would add a halo to selected graphic text. The problem with both approaches is that if you get a new machine or have to re-build your machine, you could very well lose that workaround if you don't have the foresight to back up the .style file or your add-in.
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