The Edit Annotation tool has improved in ArcGIS Pro 2.5, but there's a tiny bug that needs to be fixed.
Here are the steps:
1) Select an annotation
2) Change a value in the Attributes pane (Character Spacing for example)
3) After clicking Apply (or hitting enter if Auto Apply is checked) the annotation is selected and the "selection color turquoise" shows as a halo around the annotation.
The Problem: If the annotation needs to be moved or rotated, it has to be clicked on again to get the move/selection/rotate box back.
It's a tiny bug, but it will improve productivity if fixed.
This is by design. Whenever you apply a geometry edit, e.g. move an annotation feature with the Anno edit tool and hit F2 or apply on the edit toolbar, the feature will exit the tool's mode. This is by design and applicable to all edit tools, not just Annotation edit tool. At 2.5, we added an enhancement to apply in progress geometry edits when an attribute is changed. Prior to 2.5, in progress geometry edits were discarded with an attribute change.
Closing this idea per @JenniferCadkin 's comment above. We appreciate your participation in ArcGIS Ideas; for this particular request, the decision is to maintain the designed behavior.
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