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The labels that are in my shapefiles are not displaying when adding the file as a background. I see the labels in ArcMap in my shapefile though. Why is this and how can I get the labels to show up in my backgound?
The labels you are seeing in ArcMap are displayed "on the fly" on your display panel by the computer. They are not "real" graphical objects, but rather they are metadata. ArcMap is able to read the attributes of the shapefiles database table and display these labels for you through a rendering process. Since our standalone software's background files only display graphical objects and the labels are not part of the shapefile as graphical objects they can only be displayed in the background with some manipulation.
You might have to adjust the text size and label placements if you see some overlap.
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