Convert GDB Annotation To Map Annotation

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05-27-2010 10:42 PM
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DavidGifford
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The ability to convert geodatabase annotation to map annotation in ArcMap would be useful. There are plenty of tools to go the other way.

 

Annotation is stored at a certain scale, 1:100,00 for example. When using the annotation at say 1:50,000 it's twice as big as it should be. There is no scaling option available to scale the gdb annotation on the fly (perhaps this should be a separate idea?).

Also sometimes text needs to be manipulated (moved, rotated, formatted etc) to make it legible, having it as map annotation makes it much easier and safer.

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AshleyHoefer

The infelexability of annotation layers is a major annoyance when generating hard copy maps, resorting to production of several scale versions for same data.

On the fly scale change option would be great.

MaximeCammas
Hi,

it's possible with ArcInfo.

1- Export annotation feature class to coverage:
ArcToolbox > Conversion tools > to coverage > Feature class to coverage.

2- in ArcMap,  add the tool "convert coverage annotation" with menu Customize > customize mode

3- convert with this tool the coverage annotation to annotation in the map.




NaokoMeyer

I totally agree with David! 

WendyHarrison

You can copy the geodatabase annotation using the Select Elements tool on the Draw toolbar and then paste it into the specified map annotation group (set that on the Draw toolbar > Drawing menu > Active annotation target).

If any further questions please let me know

thanks

Wendy

WendyHarrison
Status changed to: Already Offered

You can copy the geodatabase annotation using the Select Elements tool on the Draw toolbar and then paste it into the specified map annotation group (set that on the Draw toolbar > Drawing menu > Active annotation target).