This is one of my favorite parts of the 2009 release. 2009 allows labeling of objects that are in external reference drawings. The ability to label both parcel segments and parcel area labels is sweet. It takes a little getting use too…
…but its worth it. [Investigate Locked Layer fading to “help”]
We reference our subdivision parcel drawings in our engineering plans. To get both the subdivision plat and the engineering drawings to use the same parcel labels at the same size was a bit of an argument.
The use of the new label ability allows parcel segments to be labeled in your current drawing with your X-Ref’s label layer to be frozen. Might this assist in removing the performance problem that Dana discusses in her REGEN Rules posts? The Annotation process is the same, Single Segment or Multiple Segments and select the Segment or Parcel Area Label that is visible in your X-ref.
Parcel Area labels are a little different since there isn’t a “segment” that is the parcel. It’s the area label. I spent way too much time over-thinking how to label parcel areas and create parcel tables during my first look at 2009.
Hint: Parcel Area Tables need the Parcel Area Label to be in the current drawing. Don’t try to create a parcel Area Table across the X-ref.