Legends

TPC provides a legend object that you can use if you choose to. Like the border, grid, line table and curve table, it is a stock object. These stock objects are much like an object you might create yourself. They can be moved, modified and deleted. You can change the object's properties (color, font, font size, etc.) just like you would any other drawing object.

The legend is different from other objects in that it has special functions it can perform and which can be performed on it. It can automatically add any point symbol that is used or let you manually add symbols to it. It lets you rearrange the legend items within it, but when you move the legend, the legend items move with it. These and other special functions are listed below as related topics.

Legend Items

The lines of information within a legend are called Legend Items. Each item consists of a drawing object (point symbol, line, block, text) that is used somewhere in the drawing and a description of that object. The objects are drawn on the left side of the legend and the text is drawn on the right.

Legend items are spaced automatically within the legend using the sizes of the object and text to determine how much room is needed to draw each legend item. As you rotate a symbol within a legend item, the legend item adjusts to the rotated height of the symbol.

Legend Properties

To modify the legend properties, position the cursor over the legend (but not over a particular legend item within the legend), right click and choose properties. You can change the color, border, font, font size and tell TPC whether or not you want to add/remove point symbols automatically.

Inserting a Legend

Moving a Legend

If the cursor is over one of the items in the legend, TPC thinks that you want to change the position of the legend item within the legend. In order to move the legend, position the cursor over the legend but not over any of the legend items.

Rearranging Legend Items

You can arrange the items within the legend. You might choose to group all of the point symbols together, group all of the record data symbols together, etc.

Automatic Point Symbols

By default, TPC inserts a point symbol into the legend if it is used in the drawing. If and when the symbol is no longer used, TPC removes it from the drawing. This is the Automatic Point Symbol option. The default setting is ON.

If this option is turned off, you must manually add point symbols to the legend.

Hiding Legend Items

When the Automatic Point Symbol option is turned on, you can not delete the legend item for a point symbol that is used. If you delete it, TPC simply adds it back into the legend the next time the drawing is regenerated.

If you don't want a point symbol to show up in the legend, you can turn off the Automatic Point Symbol option or hide the legend item.

Editing Legend Items

When TPC creates a legend item, it creates an object and a description for the object which it draws next to the object in the legend. The two are called a Legend Item.

You can edit both the object (point symbol, line, block, text) and the description.

If you change the size of the object or description of a legend item, TPC adjusts the size of the legend to accommodate the change.

A legend item description can have multiple lines. You must edit the text and press Enter in the text dialog box to create the line breaks.

Adding Point Symbols to a Legend

By default, TPC automatically adds any point symbol that is used in the drawing to the legend. This is the [X] Automatic Point Symbols toggle in the Legend dialog. If this option is turned off, you can still add point symbols to the legend manual.

To manually add a point symbol to the legend, right click the point symbol you want and choose Append to Legend.

Adding Lines to a Legend

If you use line types, widths or colors to differentiate parts of your survey, you can add them to the legend.

TPC displays the Legend Item Description dialog, prompting you for the description of the line.

Adding Inserted Blocks to a Legend

If you have inserted blocks into your survey, you can add them to the legend. You might choose to do this with common map symbols like Marsh, Rip-Rap, Stone Wall, etc.

TPC displays the Legend Item Description dialog, prompting you for the description of the block.

Adding Text to a Legend

Survey plats commonly include record information inside brackets like [105.14']. You might also choose to use a special font to indicate parcel names or areas.

TPC provides two ways to add text to the legend.

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Adding a Fill to a Legend

If you use fills to delineate features on your map, you can add them to the legend.

Adding a Contour Line to a Legend

Related Topics

Adding a Legend
Text Legend Item dialog
Legend Item Description dialog
Append Text Item to Legend Command
Append Fill Item to Legend Command
Append to Legend Command
Adding a Fill to a Legend
Adding a Border to a Drawing
Lot Labels and Area
Adding a Grid
Adding a Scale Bar
Adding a Title Block
Inserting a Dimension
Using Tables
Inserting an Interior Angle
Inserting a Dynamic Offset
Labeling Drawing Objects
No CAD Zone Drawings
Using Drawing View
Smart Drawing Objects
Working with Drawing Objects
Drawing Commands

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