Improving Label Positioning Without Maplex?

Discussion created by steveattt on Jul 23, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 25, 2013 by johns

We are publishing a map service and are having real trouble with labelling. This is accentuated, as our user base is used to the previous IMS service with labelling positioned as optimum!

On the attached image you can see that the Green hatched area (Landscape Planning Overlay) is not labelled. (often it IS labelled, but way off to the left. Ideally, the label should be located near the centre off the map, as this is where the user is interrogating the map.

This layer is set as as Label Weight = High. It is also set as the highest Label Priority, using the Labelling toolbar.

There are 11 Planning Overlays which must be used in conjunction, and may overlap. Labelling is equally important for all.

We can't use Maplex - on ESRI's advice - as this affects rendering performance over a map service.

I would be tempted to use Maplex for these layers, but it appears its 'all layers or none' with Maplex.

Is this a case where I should be investigating Cartographic Representations? Or will these slow map performance, as do many other Arcmap cartographic enhancements?