Why do labels disappear after I convert to annotation in ArcPro?

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04-30-2020 06:21 PM
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Hi GIS folks,

I'm confused on how conversion on labels to annotations works in ArcPro. It seems a bit more complicated than how it works in ArcMap. 

Specifically - whenever I've tried to simply "convert labels to annotation" in ArcPro, they simply disappear. I noticed when I select features then run the conversion to annotation, it sometimes produces an annotation layer (but only for the ones the features that I selected). Regardless, it seems unnecessary that I have to select the features that I want to convert to annotations everytime. If I don't select, it produces an empty annotation layer. 

Does anyone know why the labels just disappear unless I select them (again, there were some that I selected and they still disappeared after the conversion)? This seems way more complex than it needs to be. Am I missing something?

On that note - I became fed-up with attempting annotations that I just tried to insert text in the map as a substitute (I just needed to move a single label). This also proved to be confusing. Any words of wisdom or pro-tips people can share about adding text to the map would also be appreciated. 

Thank you,

Brandon

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Convert Labels To Annotation—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation 

maybe

Some labels may not currently display on the map because there is no room. To convert these labels, check the Convert unplaced labels to unplaced annotation check box. This saves the unplaced labels in the annotation feature class, allowing you to position them later in an ArcGIS Pro edit session.

check that and other tips in the above link

or more generally

Convert labels to annotation—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation 

Anything in those help?

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Thanks for the response. I just tried the "unplaced" labels and they still aren't appearing. That said, I just discovered that they're being placed elsewhere on the map. Normally this wouldn't be a huge deal, as I could just move it back to the general proximity where I wanted it earlier. But I'm working in map series, which just further complicates everything (because the label is now placed on a different sheet). 

I need an individual label to literally move about two cm to the left so that it's more visible. I've wasted several hours trying to figure out map annotations in ArcPro in hopes that I'm just missing something. I would have accomplished this seemingly simple task of shifting a in ArcMap in a matter of minutes. I can't tell if this is a bug in ArcPro, if it's overly complex to find ways to shift individual labels, or if I'm just missing something fundamental in labeling. 

Apologies for the rant. It really feels like the software is working against me here, though. 

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To illustrate: I need to shift the label slightly to the left so that "creek" fully appears. I'm content with the label and wetland symbology and don't want to change those - I just want to move the label. 

I'm going to resort to just adding text to the layout as a substitute and turning the labels off for this sheet, mainly because I'm under a time constraint and cannot spend any more time experimenting with annotations in Pro. This seems like an overly complex process to remedy a very minor issue that's common basic cartographic conventions and graphic design. I still feel like I'm missing something basic that would take anyone else a matter of minutes to fix this. If anyone has any ideas, I'd very much appreciate it and I'm all ears. 

Thanks

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