Frequently asked question

Should I always calculate my annotation $SIZE to 0 in coverages I want to convert to geodatabase?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


No, this is not always necessary. Since ArcMap uses the typesetting unit Point and not the mapunit for specifying text size, the value for $SIZE will be translated into a corresponding point size. However, if the value for $SIZE equals zero, the text size that you specify in ArcMap will be used.

There are two cases in which you would want to consider calculating the $SIZE equal to zero before converting it:

1. When you want to match an exact point size; in particular, when converting into a feature-linked annotation class where existing annotation should be the exact same size as new annotation.

2. To minimize the database storage (the size is stored along with each feature).

Article ID:000003372

  • ArcMap 8 x

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