As I was thinking about a subject to write about today, I was engaged in a discussion an Autodesker (who shall remain nameless) and he pointed out something that he wasn’t aware of in Civil 3D, and I can understand why – it’s kind of a hidden setting. So if someone very familiar with the program was unaware of it, he figured (as did I) that some of you might not be familiar with it either. It’s all about point styles.
Ever drag a point label away from a point marker and got really irritated because the arrow head didn’t EXACTLY touch the point? Follow the link to find out how to fix this pesky problem.
So you have a point with the label dragged away. The leader points *at* the point marker, but doesn’t point *to* the point marker. This is what it looks like:
Notice that the arrow head doesn’t go all the way to the node of the point. When you have points that are shot in very close proximity, this could be a really big problem. So why does Civil 3D do this?
Picture drawing a square that would encompass every bit of the point marker. That is where the arrow head stops by default. This may be fine if I had a circle for my point marker, but not for the X (or the + that I typically use.) So can we change that default behavior? You bet.
It’s all about the styles. How many times have you heard that? How many times have you gotten very frustrated that it was some style buried very deep? Well, this one is pretty hidden. The setting is located in the point marker style, but not on any tab that you would expect to see it on. Ever seen the summary tab of a style? It’s there for each and every one, but I rarely go there – there’s just no reason to. I’ve already chosen my settings in the other tabs. This one, however, is in Summary tab, and ONLY on the summary tab, as shown:
If you change the value of Leader Stops At Marker from yes to no, the arrow head will behave exactly how you want it to, as shown:
Have a great weekend!