AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

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Re: Add text to sit on a polyline

10-08-2013 11:27 PM in reply to: evecin88

Rather than spend a lot of time setting up and testing something extravagant, I'm going to suggest a simple and trusty technique that has worked well for me over the years.


What I do is create a dimension style for labeling the pipes. The style has no terminators, dimension lines or extension lines. Essentially the dimension style is just the text component, so when you place it on the line you get a piece of text that stays aligned and you can slide it along the line. The nice thing about using a dimension is it always stays aligned and in it's relative position should the line move or change length. It allows for global edits by changing the style. Since it is a generic entity it can be used on most any object and it is simple to use and manage.


Of course when you place the dimensions, the text will show the the length of the element by default, so you'll have override the values afterwards, but you can do that by selection set so it's not a lot of work.

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Re: Add text to sit on a polyline

10-09-2013 05:25 AM in reply to: Neilw
Nice idea Neil
you can also define the dim style with a prefix of suffix for the pipe material, etc. of course you still have to get rid of the dimension but can save some typing.

I use that for actual dimensions like (X'- wide concrete sidewalk) as an example
Thank you

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