I am working on a county map that will eventually have the ADT's (Average Daily Traffic) as a number above or near to each road. Right now I am "naming" all of our roads with object data. I need a map that actually shows the name of each road so that we can double check the data for the counts and make sure each count has a unique name. After I had used Mapexport to a shape file, then datalinked and brought the shp file back in. I have tried to set up a style, but when a road is short, it doesn't put any label. And when I get to a "cluttered area" some of the labels need to be moved slightly so that they can be read.
So then I tried to just annotate the linework with the object data. I defined a template, block with attribute, and used Mapanninsert, and got the name of each road segment. I used the .ANGLE to make the annotation be rotated along the vertical roads. This kind of worked, although about half of them were rotated 180 from when I wanted them because the original line work was drawn from top to bottom. So I spent some time rotating them, and moving the ones that were overlapping so they could be read. Everything was fine until I ran across a couple that I had not named. I attached the object data, named the road, and wondered how to update that block with the new name. I clicked on the "Update Annotation" button and it did update that block with the new name, it also reset ALL of the blocks that I had rotated and moved. I did use the retain option, but it still reset all of the blocks. HELP, What else can I try, or what did I do wrong?
I am not an everyday user of Map. I have used Autocad, DCA, Softdesk, Land Desktop, and Civil 3D from the late 1980's but am new to MAP.
Using Civil 3D Ver. 2012 64bit on Windows 7