After upgrading from 10.2 to 10.5.1 certain Arcmap functions no longer work properly. The ones that affect me most are related to labeling.
Character spacing is no longer viable. The results are unevenly spaced characters and halo and drop shadow spaced differently than the Label Text. I suspect Word spacing produces similar bad results but haven't tested it.
Draw Graphic features no longer interacts with labels. I used to use a draw toolbar to create an easy way to organize and unclutter labels. Most commonly with extent indicator frames. An invisible graphic rectangle could prevent labels from covering up the extent indicator frame. In 10.5.1 even though the 'Annotation and Graphics' window is available in the weight ranking settings, changing these settings doesn't have any effect. Labels will always be placed on top of graphic objects.
Is there any plans for these issues to be resolved? Or is there workaround for this 2nd issue that is faster than creating a gdb, creating a feature class, creating features for every any maps I need to reproduce with this functionality.