Programmatically start the (Edit) Annotation Tool in Modify Features?

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02-27-2018 12:45 PM
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How can I programmatically start the (Edit) Annotation Tool in Modify Features?  I have not  been able to find a combination of a DAML id and Framework method that launches the Annotation Tool in the Tools section of the Edit tab.

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Les,

I'm assuming that the problem you are running into is because of your assumption that the annotation "tool" as you call it is. in fact, a "Tool" - as in Framework.Contracts.Tool.....which it isn't 😉

It's a button (or "ICommand" as we would have called it if we were in ArcObjects).

Add this code I provide below to a button and set a breakpoint on the "if (plugin is Tool)" line...notice it returns false....meaning "SetCurrentToolAsync", if you were to call it, will be a no-op - it will do nothing.

Instead, the code will drop down to "plugin.Execute" which will do what I think you want....it will show the Annotation dockpane and activate the underlying annotation text tool. Note: ICommand is a System.Windows.Input.ICommand - you will need a "using" statement accordingly.

var plugin = FrameworkApplication.GetPlugInWrapper("esri_editing_EditVerticesText");
      if (plugin.Enabled) {
        if (plugin is Tool)
        {
          FrameworkApplication.SetCurrentToolAsync("esri_editing_EditVerticesText");
        }
        else
        {
          ((ICommand)plugin).Execute(null);
        }
      }

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Les,

I'm assuming that the problem you are running into is because of your assumption that the annotation "tool" as you call it is. in fact, a "Tool" - as in Framework.Contracts.Tool.....which it isn't 😉

It's a button (or "ICommand" as we would have called it if we were in ArcObjects).

Add this code I provide below to a button and set a breakpoint on the "if (plugin is Tool)" line...notice it returns false....meaning "SetCurrentToolAsync", if you were to call it, will be a no-op - it will do nothing.

Instead, the code will drop down to "plugin.Execute" which will do what I think you want....it will show the Annotation dockpane and activate the underlying annotation text tool. Note: ICommand is a System.Windows.Input.ICommand - you will need a "using" statement accordingly.

var plugin = FrameworkApplication.GetPlugInWrapper("esri_editing_EditVerticesText");
      if (plugin.Enabled) {
        if (plugin is Tool)
        {
          FrameworkApplication.SetCurrentToolAsync("esri_editing_EditVerticesText");
        }
        else
        {
          ((ICommand)plugin).Execute(null);
        }
      }

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Thanks so much!.  I had tried that DAML id as you mentioned as a "tool" with SetCurrentToolAsync().  I had also tried using an ICommand at one point but must have had the wrong DAML id.

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