helmut44

Maplex ignoring Symbol Level Draw Order?

Discussion created by helmut44 on Feb 27, 2012
Latest reply on Mar 1, 2012 by helmut44
Maybe someone can help me with this problem:

I have a map with lots of overlying Polygon Labels of different importance. I've sorted these into 5 Layers/Classes to prevent important ones from being moved or overlapped by others.

Layer 1: 1 Label, River Placement, Big Font Size
Layer 2: 30 Labels, River Placement, Big Font Size
Layer 3: 90 Labels, Standard Curved Placement, Medium Font Size
Layer 4: 5000 Labels, Standard Curved Placement, Medium to Small Font Size
Layer 5: 25000 Labels, Standard Curved Placement, Small Font Size

To prevent Labels from higher importance Layers to be moved during labeling process, I set up symbol levels and Label Priority Ranking: Layer 1 drawn first, then Layer 2 etc..
It works just great, except for the most important Labels from Layer 1+2: if I just enable these Layers, the Label is placed fine along the polygon direction as a "River Placement", if I enable the other layers below, the top-labels get moved. Is Maplex ignoring Symbol Levels - or how does the label order work (i.e. First Top Labels Placed, then lower Labels Placed, then Top Labels adjusted?)
I try to find a way to freeze the top labels after they are placed..

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