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Labeling Traverse Lines





TPC can label lines a number of different ways.

From Drawing View, double click a survey object you want to change or right click it and choose Traverse Drawing Settings.

Select the font type, size, and weight that you want.

Choose Format Label and specify the formats you want for Aligned and Stacked.

In the Control Point and Side Shot tabs, turn on Distance, Direction and Grades if you want them.

In the Curves / Spirals tab, turn on Distance, Direction and Grades if you want them.

Choose Apply or OK to return to the Drawing View with your changes.

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

Label Style

Available label styles are Auto, Aligned or Stacked.

TPC lets you pick the line style you want - Stacked or Aligned. There is also an Auto style that Aligns labels that fit on their line segments and stacks labels that don't. You specify the style you want in the traverse drawing settings. Here are some examples of label formats.

However, you can manually stack or align labels after TPC has created them. Just right click any label and choose Modify Object. You will see either the Stack Labels or Align Labels command.

Format Line Labels: Auto / Stacked / Aligned (9:12) - See how to use Auto, Stacked and Aligned labels.

Stacked Label Orientation and Alignment

Stacked labels can be oriented Parallel or Perpendicular to their lines or Horizontal or Vertical to the page.

They can also be aligned Left, Center or Right.

Stacked Label Orientation (6:20) - See how to orient stacked labels Parallel, Perpendicular, Horizontal or Vertical.

Formatting the Labels

You determine how lines and curves are formatted by selecting the Format Label button when you see it in a dialog. TPC opens the appropriate label formatting dialog where you  format the label the way you want it.

Drawing Label Formats vs Traverse Label Formats

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

Table References

Table references, like L1, L2, C1, C2, etc. do NOT adhere to the Traverse Drawing Settings that place labels Above, Below, Insert or Outside of the traverse lines. As a rule, TPC places these above the lines.

Choosing azimuths vs. bearings

You can label lines with any of the direction options available to TPC. The same setting that controls the display in all the dialogs also controls the Drawing View.

From the TPC desktop, choose Tools | Program Settings | Units.

Choose the option you want under Direction. This is the same option that affects whether TPC displays bearings or azimuths in the program dialogs.

Choose OK to return to Drawing View.

Direction Labels

TPC has a number of tools to help you choose the direction in which lines are labeled plus the ability to manually switch the direction of individual labels. See Traverse Line Direction Labels

Adding extra spaces to bearings

If you choose bearings, Drawing View can add extra spacing to your bearing labels so that the bearing N45°30'10"E is labeled as N 45°30'10" E.

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings.

Turn on [X] Extra Space in Bearings.

Adding extra spaces between words

You can also add extra spaces between items (words) within a label. So if you place both distance and direction in the same label, as in 15.46 N45°30'10"E, TPC will add the requested number of spaces between the distance and the bearing.

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings.

In the Spacing group, edit the Between Words value (default = 1).

Setting the number of decimal places

Look for a Decimals button in the traverse drawing settings dialogs. The decimals in these dialogs control the labels that TPC creates.

Adding distance units

You can add distance units like ft, m or chns to distance labels.

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings.

Turn on [X] Distance Units. This setting just turns them on.

Choose OK.

To edit the units displayed, choose Tools | Program Settings | Units. Edit the Abbreviation field.

Specifying a label offset distance

You can change the distance that the labels are drawn from the line for the entire drawing.

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings.

In the Spacing group, edit the Label Offset value (default = 0.02 in).

Choose OK

You can change the distance that labels are drawn from their lines for a single traverse.

In the Line Label and Curve/Spiral Labels dialogs, edit the Additional Label Offset value.

TPC adds this to the drawing's label offset, allowing you to place labels farther away from their lines. Use this to label record data vs measured data.

Specifying a distance factor

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings.

Edit the Units Factor.

Choose OK.

TPC divides the inversed coordinate distance by this Distance Factor and uses the quotient for annotations.

If, for instance, your survey is in feet but you want to annotate lines with chains to check against a GLO plat, enter a Distance Factor of 66.

Plotting Backsights and Resections

When you are evaluating field data, it is oftentimes handy to view the backsight and resection points used in the field. This helps identify potential blunders in the data collection.

To turn backsights and resections on:

Choose Tools | Drawing Settings.

Turn on [X] Plot Resection and [X] Plot Backsights.

Choose OK. Drawing View will redraw the survey to include the options you turned on.

Including Leaders

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

have the Traverse Drawing Settings include leaders on labels that don't fit on the line (see Labeling Traverse Lines)

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.

Labeling Traverse Lines for Surveys Prior to Version 17

When TPC opens a survey created prior to V17, it must reconcile the Distance and Direction options with the new line label formats. See Labeling Traverse Lines for Surveys Prior to Version 17

Related Topics

Formatting Labels
Drawing Label Formats vs Traverse Label Formats
Label Format Examples
Formatted Label Word Spacing
Labeling Drawing Objects
Label Reading Orientation
Stacked Label Orientation
Line Label Styles
Traverse Line Direction Labels
Using Tables
Drawing, Traverse and Object Settings
Labeling Traverse Lines for Surveys Prior to Version 17


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