Labeling and Annotation
Dynamic Labels and Annotation Feature Classes are the two means to label features on incident maps. Each has pros and cons that must be weighed when selecting which to use under different circumstances.
Dynamic Labeling requires no setup, little maintenance, and adjust automatically to scale, but does not allow much control over where the labels are placed. Annotation features are the reverse, they require creation and maintenance at each scale needed, but allow for complete control of label placement.
Best practices for labeling are included in most product documentation, but generally dynamic labels are used until features become too numerous or crowded, at which point annotation should be created. However, for some features annotation is best used immediately, such as Division and Branch breaks. This is because the label applies not to the feature but to the space between the features and must be placed accordingly.
- Convert Labels to Annotation in ArcMap
- Convert Labels to Annotation in ArcGIS Pro
- Create Annotation Classes in ArcMap
- Annotation Definition Query for Data Driven Pages (ArcMap)
- Essential labeling concepts (Esri)
- Labeling basics (Esri)
- Essential annotation and graphic text concepts (Esri)
- Annotation (Esri)
- Labeling and Annotation in ArcMap (Esri)
- Getting the Most from the Maplex Label Engine (Esri)
Labeling and Annotation - Part 1
Labeling and Annotation - Part 2
Converting Labels to Annotation
Presentation Notes: Labeling and Annotation