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The toolbar contains 10 tools. These 4 tools work on selected map annotation (not gdb anno, for now):
CopyFormat/FormatPainter (the paintbrush icon)
These 5 work on layer(s) selected (not the layers? features, just click on the layer name(s) prior to use) in the TOC:
This 1 tool works with the visible layers:
1. Save the GreenInfoTools dll to your computer.
2. From ArcMap: Tools > Customize > Add from file > select the GreenInfoTools dll
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Apologies for the non-iconic buttons. If someone wants to design pretty, descriptive icons, please do. As with any buttons in ArcMap, you can always change the label to a picture or to other text (through the Customize menu). I also suggest that you remove any buttons that you don't plan to use, or that you drag the ones you use most to other toolbars (in order to consolidate them and use less toolbar space).
After you make multi-ring buffers:
Select the new buffer layer, click BufferFade.
It will add the ?transparen? field and calculate the percentage values, and symbolize without a border.
You can change the color afterwards in two clicks.
For curved annotation with too many control points; this will get rid of all of them and add Bezier handles to the endpoints. It changes the curve to a straight line, but makes it easy to smooth it after that.
Tells you which annotation layer the selected annotation is in, and sets the active anno target.
Remove halos from all selected annotation by setting their size to 0, or make all their halos the same size and color without affecting any of their other properties.
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Acknowledgements: Thanks to everyone else who posts to the ESRI user forums, especially to those whose code examples helped build these tools.