Edit features with feature-linked annotation

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Edit feature attributes which are linked to annotation through an expression.

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Use case

Annotation is useful for displaying text that you don't want to move or resize when the map is panned or zoomed (unlike labels which will move and resize). Feature-linked annotation will update when a feature attribute referenced by the annotation expression is also updated. Additionally, the position of the annotation will transform to match any transformation to the linked feature's geometry.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom the map to see that the text on the map is annotation, not labels. Click one of the address points to update the house number (ADADDRESS) and street name (STSTR_NAM). Once you have edited the feature attributes, click "Update" and then click again on the map to move the address point to a new location. You can also click one of the dashed parcel polylines and click another location to change its geometry and update its annotation (distance in feet). NOTE: Selection is only enabled for points and straight (single segment) polylines. The feature-linked annotation will update accordingly.

How it works

  1. Load the geodatabase. NOTE: Read/write geodatabases should normally come from a GeodatabaseSyncTask, but this has been omitted here. That functionality is covered in the sample Generate geodatabase.
  2. Create FeatureLayers from GeodatabaseFeatureTables found in the geodatabase with Geodatabase.getGeodatabaseFeatureTable().
  3. Create AnnotationLayers from GeodatabaseFeatureTables found in the geodatabase with Geodatabase.getGeodatabaseAnnotationTables().
  4. Add the FeatureLayers and AnnotationLayers to the map's operational layers.
  5. Use MapView.setOnMouseClicked() to handle clicks on the map to either select address points or parcel polyline features. NOTE: Selection is only enabled for points and straight (single segment) polylines.
  6. For the address points, a dialog opens to allow editing of the address number (ADADDRESS) and street name (STSTRNAM) attributes, which use the expression `$feature.ADADDRESS + " " + $feature.STSTRNAM` for annotation.
  7. For the parcel lines, a second mouse click will change one of the polyline's vertices. Note that the dimension annotation updates according to the expression Round(Length(Geometry($feature), 'feet'), 2).

Both expressions were defined by the data author in ArcGIS Pro using the Arcade expression language.

Relevant API

  • AnnotationLayer
  • Feature
  • FeatureLayer
  • Geodatabase

About the data

This sample uses data derived from the Loudoun GeoHub.

Tags

annotation, attributes, features, feature-linked annotation, fields

Sample Code

EditAttributesDialog.javaEditFeaturesWithFeatureLinkedAnnotationSample.javaedit_attributes_dialog.fxml
                                                                           
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package com.esri.samples.edit_features_with_feature_linked_annotation;

import javafx.fxml.FXML;
import javafx.fxml.FXMLLoader;
import javafx.scene.control.Alert;
import javafx.scene.control.ButtonType;
import javafx.scene.control.Dialog;
import javafx.scene.control.TextField;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.Feature;

/**
 * Custom dialog for editing feature attributes.
 */
public class EditAttributesDialog extends Dialog<Boolean>{

  @FXML private TextField addressTextField;
  @FXML private TextField streetNameTextField;
  @FXML private ButtonType updateButton;

  EditAttributesDialog(Feature selectedFeature){
    FXMLLoader loader = new FXMLLoader(getClass().getResource("/edit_features_with_feature_linked_annotation/edit_attributes_dialog.fxml"));
    loader.setRoot(this);
    loader.setController(this);

    setTitle("Edit Feature Attributes");

    try {
      loader.load();
    } catch (Exception e) {
      e.printStackTrace();
    }

    // populate text fields with current attribute values
    addressTextField.setText(selectedFeature.getAttributes().get("AD_ADDRESS").toString());
    streetNameTextField.setText(selectedFeature.getAttributes().get("ST_STR_NAM").toString());

    // convert the result to an address and street name when the update button is clicked
    setResultConverter(dialogButton -> {
      if (dialogButton == updateButton) {
        try {
          // ensure input is equal to or less than 5 characters (max length for addresses in area)
          if (addressTextField.getLength() <= 5){
            // set AD_ADDRESS value to the int from the text field
            selectedFeature.getAttributes().put("AD_ADDRESS", Integer.parseInt(addressTextField.getText()));
          } else  {
            new Alert(Alert.AlertType.WARNING, "Field not updated. Integer must be less than 6 characters").showAndWait();
          }
          // set ST_STR_NAM value to the string from the text field
          selectedFeature.getAttributes().put("ST_STR_NAM", streetNameTextField.getText());
        } catch (Exception e) {
          e.printStackTrace();
        }
        return true;
      }
      return null;
    });
  }
}

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