When is a point, not a point?
This is something I get asked about and I finally did something about it last week to add this to our templates.
That is, rather, how do you label a coordinate without creating a point object? If we create a point, we need to think about the number and the description of that point.
Here are two suggestions:
Option 1: Use an AutoCAD FIELD.
The AutoCAD field has a nice way to get to some AutoCAD properties. For example, I use a FIELD to organize and label each Assembly that I use in my drawing. By using a FIELD, I can add a label for the coordinate of the start or end of a line.
With some re-arranging and the copy and pasting of the FIELD, I can actually get a N:6059.5065, E: 5130.3992 label.
If one moves the end of the line, the coordinates will update.
Yeah! Too bad it is not one step.
Option 2: Use a Civil 3d Line Label Style (or Curve)
Civil 3d Line and Curve Labels seems to be a catch-all for labeling. With these labels, we can create Segment Grade Labels, Distance Labels, Bearing and Distances, as well as Curve Labels.
With 2009, we can use these General Line and Curve labels in my parcels too!
From Settings Tab, General Collection, Label Styles and either the Lines or Curves, create a new Label style called: Line Northing Easting [Start] label that contains the following text:
N:<[General Segment Start Y(Uft|P3|RN|AP|Sn|OF)]>
E:<[General Segment Start X(Uft|P3|RN|AP|Sn|OF)]>
I can now label one or two simple locations with a Northing and Easting and not have to worry about a description of the point or the point number.
The label snaps to the correct end too, or should I say the “correct Start.”