AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

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Labeling contours... Is it still true

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03-15-2013 06:35 AM
I'm running 2012. Is it still true that I need to label my contours in every drawing? I have a drawing that contains my existing surface (about 90 Acres). I have labeled the contours in that drawing. I then have a output drawing that the existing contours are a data shortcut. The contour labels do not show up. Why?
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Re: Labeling contours... Is it still true

03-15-2013 06:54 AM in reply to: trynders

Data referencing will not show the labels. You can do an xref or copy your labels from the other drawing, see this thread.


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Re: Labeling contours... Is it still true

03-15-2013 08:54 AM in reply to: trynders

The way our office does it is label the contours in one drawing and also create a data reference of the surface. In all of the other drawings XREF in the 'image' of the labeled contours and data reference the surface, set this data referenced surface to a "No Display" style. 

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Re: Labeling contours... Is it still true

03-15-2013 08:59 AM in reply to: KMercier_C3D

You can have both the x-ref and the datalink in the same drawing so why not use both?

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