In these last days while I wait for Prospector to be born, my memory is failing me. So my apologies if someone might have blogged this already somewhere else, but it is a label style worth repeating.
I know a few months ago (has it really been almost a year? sniff!) when Nick was writing for us, he wrote about structure label insertion points, but he didn’t explicitly give a step by step on how to make the label.
Here is an example of one of my TOP 5 most requested label styles:
It looks so simple, but the neat thing about it is that when you drag it straight up, the line gets longer and stays attached to the rim of the structure.
How do you make this label? Read on…
Here is what a pipe network structure label typically looks like.
The trick with this label, is you must change the FEATURE SETTINGS for Pipe Networks.
Here are the defaults…
Here is what you want to change them to:
Then, you have to compose your label to take advantage of these new attachment points.
In the label style composer, add a line that uses the Label Location as its start and the Structure Dimension as its end.
Adjust or recreate your label to use that line as an attachment point for all of your text bits. For example, if I want the text to be located at the end of the line, you adjust the text component to anchor to the line end.
After resetting the label (erase what is in the drawing, and add your new label) it looks something like the example below, and reacts to my “grippy” moves up and down.
Making a few changes to the attachment points gives me more of what I want… further customizations are up to your imagination!
For a more detailed step by step, explanations and much more great label information, check out Chapter 15 of our forthcoming book Mastering Civil 3D 2008 which is currently available for preorder and should be shipping within a few weeks.