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Labeling Points





You can choose from a number of different point labeling options.

Point labels are drawn to the right of the point with the point label on top, followed by the description, the coordinates, and the station. You can turn parts of the point label on and off. You can also modify the label sequence and change the way Drawing View displays the different parts of the label.

You control the way points are labeled through the Points section of the Control Point and Side Shot settings dialogs.

Choose the font, size, and weight that you want, and then turn on the different parts of the label that are appropriate.


Point Labels (5:19) - Add point labels to a drawing with Traverse Drawing Settings.

Using a Label Interval

From control points you can also choose an interval to skip point labels that might clutter up the drawing. To label every fifth point, enter an interval of 5.

To edit the point label sequence

Right click any object in the drawing that is part of a traverse and choose Traverse Drawing Settings.

Edit the Point label Format on the Control Points and Side Shots tabs.

Choose OK.

The point label sequence P : D\"N="Y E=X\"Z="Z\"STN="N will produce labeling that looks like this. Notice that quotes are used to interject the identity elements of the label.

Note: You need to use quotes around any text that contains any of the characters (P, D, Y, X, Z, N or \) used in the Point Label Format.

Automatic Word Spacing

TPC applies automatic word spacing to point labels just like it does to line labels. So the format PD, with no spaces between P and D will create a point label with the requested number of spaces between the point label (P) and the point description (D).

Drawing Label Formats vs Traverse Label Formats

You can control point label formats via the drawing or by individual traverses.

Point Table

Point labels can be placed in a Point Table.

Including Leaders

If you want, TPC can include leaders on any point label. We suggest you

1.have the Traverse Drawing Settings include leaders on labels by turning on the [x] Leaders option in the Points section of the Control Point and Side Shot dialogs.

2.then turn leaders on or off for individual labels (see Leader On and Leader Off commands)

Once leaders have been turned on for a label, the leader attachment point and label justification will change as you move the label from one side of the line to the other.

Using Separate Layers

Point labels include the point label itself, but also that point's description, attributes, elevation, coordinates, geodetic position and stationing.  By default, these are all included in a single point label that is generated based on the Traverse Drawing Settings and label formats.

You can place different parts of point labels on their own layers.  Sometimes the project you are working on requires it, but it is also a convenient way to work with parts of a point label as you develop a survey, then turn those parts off for final drafting.  The point labels themselves are a good example of this.

The Point Label Format dialog lets you specify whether ro not to use separate point label layers.

in the Drawing Settings dialog, left click the Object Labels tab then click Points: Format Label

turn on [x] Create Separate Labels

turn on [x] Group Separate Labels to put the separate labels into a group so they can be moved together

TPC creates the following layers for separate point labels

TPCPointLabels - the point label (name)

TPCPointElevations - the point elevation

TPCPointDescriptions - the point descriptions and attributes

TPCPointLocation - the point coordinates, geodetic position and station

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