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Label Styles, Arrowheads, and Xrefs

An interesting development occurred with a client recently. They are using an old practice of having a base drawing with all the labels and associated data in that base drawing. This base drawing is then xref’d into the plot sheets.

The interesting development was when they had label styles where the dragged state arrowhead was set to none. In the base drawing the labels all looked correct with no arrowhead. Yet, when the drawing was referenced in the labels now had arrows!

Now here is where things get really interesting. When I go and change the current dimension style’s leader arrowhead to none, then we get the labels looking correctly again! This is the AutoCAD dimension style!

This is a confirmed issue but easy enough to correct. Just set the base drawing’s label style arrowhead SIZE to something like 0.00001.

Sometimes providing technical support can be an interesting adventure Smile.

AU Class: Part 2

Part 1 consisted of a description of the Parcels portion of my class, part 2 is about Points.

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Pipe and Structure Profile Label Styles

I decided that by sharing I could come up with some decent ideas from the Civil 3D community and who knows, and maybe somebody would learn something new (myself included). This week I’m going to share with you the pipe and structure label styles that we utilize for profile annotation. More after the jump.
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Civil 3D Annotation Scaling Revisited

One of the most frequently-asked questions in the Civil 3D discussion groups has to do with how scaling works for Civil 3D labels and tables.  The question usually comes up phrased as “How come my text looks good in modelspace, but is huge (or tiny) in paperspace?” or “How come my Table columns overlap in paperspace?”

At first glance, Civil 3D labels and tables seem to scale much like Annotative Text.  However, Civil 3D Labels and Tables were capable of their auto-sizing behavior long before AutoCAD got Annotative Text, and do not use the Annotation Scale at all.  Instead, Civil 3D Labels size according to their own rules.  Read on for more…

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Displaying Lat/Long in Decimal Minutes

We recently had a client request that we display the Latitude and Longitude of Cogo Points formatted as degrees and decimal minutes.  This format seems to have become a standard display format of many hand-held GPS units.  Unfortunately, Civil 3D does not contain a built-in option for formatting Latitude and Longitude in decimal minutes.  No problem, I thought…  I’ll simply use some expressions.  But it turned out to be a much more difficult task than I expected…  Read on for the details.

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