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Formatting Labels





In TPC, you tell TPC which objects you want to label and what format you want to use, and TPC creates the label which you can then modify as needed.


Formatting Survey Line Labels – Sneak Peek (4:14)  - TPC now gives you extensive line label formatting.

Example Label Formats

Here are some examples of label formats.  If you are new to TPC's label formats, take a quick peek at how they work before you dive in.

Format Dialogs

TPC uses dialogs for formatting line (tangent) labels, curve / spiral labels and point labels created from the Traverse Drawing Settings. Buttons for these dialogs are available in their respective control point, sideshot and curve/spiral dialogs.

You can also label lines and arcs you manually add to a drawing. These labels are formatted via the Object Labels dialog.

Save & Recall Settings

When you choose the Save Settings and Recall Settings buttons in the Traverse Drawing Settings dialogs, you are saving and recalling the label formats you have specified for tangents, curves and spirals.

So once you get traverse labels set up they way you like, save those settings and re-use them over and over. If you don't save them, you may end up re-formatting labels more than you should.

Sharing Formats with a Drawing

The formatting dialogs include buttons to Copy From Drawing Settings and Copy To Drawing Settings. These buttons allow you to treat the drawing's object label formats as a defacto standard for an individual drawing which can then be shared by any of the traverses in that survey. See Drawing Label Formats vs Traverse Label Formats.

Special Format Characters

TPC uses special characters like H and B as place holders in the labels it creates. So the tangent label format HB will create a label with distance followed by direction.

All special format characters are listed in the Choose From box in the formatting dialogs.

These special characters are case sensitive. We use capital letters for easy identification of the label format.

Non-Format Characters

Let's call characters not listed in the Choose From box, non-format characters. If you enter a non-format character into a label format, TPC adds it to the label. So [HB] places brackets at the beginning and end of the label.

You can also use an apostrophe (') or quotes (") to include any text you want in the label. For example, 'Dist='H'Bearing='B might produce the label Dist=15.14 Bearing=N45°14'15"E. Apostrophes

Automatic Word Spacing

If you don't leave any spacing between format characters, TPC inserts the drawing's word spacing into the label. So the format HB, without any spaces, produces the label distance[drawing word spaces]direction. The drawing's default word spacing is 1, but you can increase it to create more space between items in a label.

The characters , (comma) and ; (semi-colon) also trigger automatic word spacing. So the format H,B, without any spaces, produces the label distance,[drawing word spaces]direction.

The tilde (~) character can be used to put in the word spacing where it might otherwise not be possible. So H~/~B will separate distance and direction with word space/word space.

You can create your own spacing by including one or more spaces in your label format. So the label format H  B, with two spaces between H and B, will produce a label with two spaces between the distance and the bearing.

You can edit the drawing's automatic word space value in the Miscellaneous Drawing Settings dialog.

Above and Below

Use the | character to specify which part of the label goes above and line and which part goes below.

Any part of the label formatted left of the | character, goes above. Any part of the label formatted right of the | character goes below.

Above and Below are related to the Label Reading Orientation. The side of a line that is Above vs Below, depending on the label orientation you have selected for the drawing.

Inside and Outside

Use the ^ character to specify which part of the label goes inside and which part goes outside. 

Any part of the label formatted left of the ^ character, goes outside. Any part of the label formatted right of the ^ character goes inside.

Inside and Outside relate to the Clockwise or Counterclockwise direction of the traverse. If a traverse is mostly CW, then Inside is to the right of the direction of traverse. As such, Inside and Outside are not dependent on the traverse closing. It is enough that the traverse is generally CW or CCW in its direction.


Inside vs Outside Labels (2:29) - Place line labels inside or outside of a traverse.

Above is the default

If you do not include either of the | or ^ characters in a label format, TPC assumes that the entire label is to be formatted above the line, as if you had followed the entire label format with the special | character.

Mixing Above / Below with Inside / Outside

TPC doesn't allow | to be mixed with ^. In fact, you can have just one | or ^ character in a label format. To resolve this issue, TPC gives Inside / Outside priority of Above / Below. If TPC discovers both in a label format, it will remove the | character or just ignore it.

Related Topics

Labeling Traverse Lines
Labeling Drawing Objects
Formatted Label Word Spacing
Label Format Examples


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