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Labeling Drawing Objects





Labeling drawing objects like drawn lines and arcs is similar to labeling traverse lines, curves and spirals. You first select the way you want objects in this drawing to be labeled, then anytime you label an object, the label is created using your settings. Once an object is labeled, you are free to modify the label, changing the font, text height, color or anything else. You can also reset the modified properties back to the current Object Label settings for the drawing.

The object labels are designed to help you be consistent in your labeling. If you start out with a label text height of 0.08” and later change it to 0.10”, all the object labels get updated automatically. Of course you can also change them all back to 0.08” just by changing the object label settings.

To Label One Object

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings and select the Object Labels tab. These settings affect Line / Arc / Polyline / Dynamic Offset / Dimension and Rectangle objects you have drawn yourself in the drawing. These settings do not affect traverse points, lines or curves.

Right click the object you want to label and choose Label from the context menu.

To Label Selected Objects

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings and select the Line Labels tab. These settings affect Line / Arc / Dynamic Offset / Dimension objects you have drawn yourself in the drawing. These settings do not affect traverse lines and curves.

Select the objects you want to label.

Choose Draw | Label or right click any one of the selected objects and choose Label from the context menu.

Labeling Rules

1.Labels are created using the Object Labels tab in the Drawing Settings dialog. If you change these settings, all object labels are updated automatically.

2.You can control the object layers by putting them on separate layers and setting their properties to BY-LAYER.

3.You can modify an object label just like you modify a traverse line label. This fixes the properties you edit but leaves the unedited properties tied to the Object Labels settings.

4.You can reset the modified properties (attributes) of an object label in which case it reverts back to the Object Label settings.

Invalid Offset

If an object label is too far from its object, TPC displays a warning along with the offset distances in inches and gives you three options. By default, TPC considers any object label more than 4 inches from its object to be out of position.

Yes = reset this object label’s X and Y offsets to zero. The label will draw next to the object.

No = do not reset this object label’s offsets.

Cancel = don’t reset the object label and don’t check anymore labels.

Dynamic Labels

Object labels change as the object changes. If you label a 100’ line then change it to 80’, the distance label for that line will change from 100’ to 80’ automatically. If you trim a line that is labeled, the label changes to reflect the new trimmed line length. In this way, object labels are very useful during the design process where you typically draw in objects then change them to fit the design.

Supported Objects

Currently, only lines, arcs, dynamic offsets, dimensions and interior angles can be labeled.

Survey Lines and Curves Are Different

Remember, you control the way survey lines and curves are labeled with the Control Point and Side Shot settings.

Manually Stacking and Aligning Labels

TPC generates object labels using the settings in the Object Labels tab in the Drawing Settings dialog. You can combine labels above or below the object being labeled, create stacked vs aligned labels, etc. However, after the label has been created, you can still modify it by right clicking it and choosing Modify Object, Stack Labels or Align Labels. This command overwrites the drawing settings.

If you modify labels and then manually stack them, TPC tries to retain the modifications of the individual labels in the new stacked label. However, if you then align the stacked labels, TPC regenerates the missing label without it's original modifications.

Label Reading Orientation

Labels read left to right when you hold up the top of the page, the left side or the right side. You control this through a drawing setting called Label Reading Orientation.

Separate Point Label Layers

Some survey projects require that point labels be on separate layers.  For example, the point labels themselves might be on the TPCPointLabels layer and the point elevations might be on a TPCPointElevations layer.  See Point Label Layers.

Related Topics

Selecting Objects
Lot Labels and Area
Inserting a Dimension
Inserting an Interior Angle
Inserting a Dynamic Offset
Using Drawing View
Smart Drawing Objects
Working with Drawing Objects
Drawing Commands
Labeling Traverse Lines
Label Format Examples
Formatted Label Word Spacing


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