Recently my company has changed the standards to label existing utilities with text right above the utilitie lines without leaders. I would like to do automate this process somehow using attributes or something similar to that. I have attached a screen shot of how I would like it to look. The objective is to speed up the labeling process.
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The way i have dealt with this issue at my company is to use dynamic blocks. I gave created a block containg specific texts, for example APP RW. Within the block I put a dynamic alignment point set to tangent. I then have multiple Tool palletes that contain the various blocks. So in the end I select the text I would like to attach to the line, put it near the line, reselect the text and use the grips to have it attach to the line I choose.
You might find the Map the annotation tools helpful as well. You can apply object data to the lines and it will be used in the labels. Changes to the object data will be propogated to the labels. If the lines move, the labels will follow.
I'm not sure if we can make the labels align to the line though. Will have to run some tests later.
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