Generating annotation

Once all the labels have been activated, they need to be converted into feature-linked annotation. Feature-linked annotation will still update if attributes are changed on the feature from which they were produced.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. Open the product map document.
  3. Ensure that all the feature classes with labels have those labels turned on.
  4. Be sure that feature classes that are empty and/or are features that don't need labels do not have labeling enabled.
  5. On the main menu, click View > Data Frame Properties and make sure that the Reference Scale property is set on the General tab.
  6. In the Table Of Contents, right-click the Layers data frame, then click Convert Labels to Annotation.

    You can also right-click individual layers and click Convert Labels to Annotation, creating the annotation classes one at a time.

  7. In the dialog box that appears, keep all the default settings unless there are feature classes that you do not want to convert into annotation.

    If this is the case, uncheck those particular feature classes.

  8. Click Convert.

    All feature classes with labels turned on will be converted into annotation feature classes and added to the top of the Table Of Contents.

  9. Move all the Grids to the top of the Table Of Contents.
  10. Save the map document.

    If using a versioned environment, you need to reconcile and run Nautical Post to post changes to the DEFAULT version, as well as register the newly created annotation feature classes as versioned.