What is the Maplex Label Engine?

Well-placed labels can make a map more understandable and useful. The Maplex Label Engine provides a special set of tools that allows you to improve the quality of the labels on your map. With the Maplex Label Engine, you can define parameters to control the positioning and size of your labels; the Maplex Label Engine then uses these parameters to calculate the best placement for all the labels on your map. You can also assign different levels of importance to features to ensure that more important features are labeled before less important ones.

The Maplex Label Engine lets you control how labels should be placed relative to features, how labels can be modified or reduced to allow more label placement when the available space is constrained, and how conflicts between labels are resolved.

The Maplex Label Engine provides the following:

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