Read-only support for Maplex in ArcGIS 10

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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For those of you who use Maplex and want to share your map documents with users who have ArcView or ArcEditor licenses, there is great news — with ArcGIS 10, users will be able to see all your great Maplex labeling even if they do not have an ArcInfo license. This used to be an impediment for some of you. Not anymore! Read-only support for documents that use Maplex has been added at ArcGIS 10. Read-only map documents retain all the Maplex label properties without reverting to the Esri standard label engine when opened on a machine without the Maplex extension. With ArcGIS 10, you can view Maplex labels in a read-only state using an ArcView or ArcEditor license without a Maplex extension license. You will be able to view the Maplex parameters that created the labels, but you will not be able to edit them. So, you no longer have to worry about losing all the richness that Maplex affords you in labeling when you share your documents with others. Read more about this great enhancement in these online documents:

What’s new in Maplex for ArcGIS 10

Licensing and the Maplex extension

About the author

Dr. Aileen Buckley has been making maps since she was an undergraduate student. She has a Bachelors in Geography and Spanish from Valparaiso University, a Masters in Geography from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University. She is a senior product engineer on the Living Atlas team, and her work focuses on determining and sharing best practices for mapping and analysis with modern GIS. She publishes and presents world-wide on many aspects of mapping and GIS. She is a co-author of Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, and she is a co-editor for the Atlas of Oregon. Aileen is a former president of CaGIS (the U.S. cartographic association) and is actively involved with the International Cartographic Association in which she is the lead delegate for the United States.

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