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Why AI export in 10.3 groups label elements of a same layer?

Question asked by kevinlecocq on Feb 16, 2015

I just migrated from 10.2 to 10.3 and am surprised to see the behaviour of the Adobe Illustrator export from ArcMap has changed.

In 10.2, layers tree of AI exported files were composed of a lot of groups in groups in groups... of layers. The structure was a bit complicated but very useful to modify easily the document.

But now, there is just one group by label class, containing all labels.

This is an issue for my mapping production line as I use Maplex to place labels, then I export to Illustrator where I move unplaced labels and apply background transparency to the labels. For more details, I always use label classes, and my labels are composed of one or more lines of text, an rectangle outline, a background and a line callout.

Now, every label elements are grouped in a same group, and it's not possible to select and move only one label.

Is this new behaviour wanted? Why?

Waiting to solve this issue, I can't migrate to 10.3.

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