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Change annotation curvature

In the Modify Features pane, Annotation Edit Annotation includes commands on the context menu for changing the curvature of an existing annotation feature to horizontal, straight, or curved.

This workflow can be useful when you need to remove unnecessary vertices along a baseline before performing detailed edits, for example, reshaping it along the contour of a river or a mountain range.

For steps to edit an annotation baseline using Vertices Edit Vertices, see Edit annotation baselines.

Change the curvature

To change the curvature of an existing annotation feature, select the feature using Select Annotation Select Annotation. Right-click the text, click Curvature, and choose the curvature type.

Curved annotation

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Alignment and click Annotation Edit Annotation.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Select Annotation Select Annotation and select the annotation feature.

    The selected features appear in a list and a selection graphic appears around the feature. By default, the formatting toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Formatting toolbar
    Tip:

    When you hover over an edge of the toolbar, the pointer changes to the move pointer and you can drag the toolbar to a new location.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. Right-click the text, hover over Curvature and click one of the following curvature types:
    • Horizontal Horizontal Annotation—Changes curved annotation to horizontal annotation.
    • Straight Straight Annotation—Changes curved annotation to straight annotation.
    • Curved Curved Annotation—Changes horizontal or straight annotation to curved annotation.
  6. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar


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