im using c3d 2012. whenever i'm drawing lines between nodes and i have my osnap set to node and it picks nodes but i have to be right on top of the node when i pick it so i'm having to zoom in and out alot. in ldd i was able to hover anywhere over the point text and it still picked the node. anyone know how to change it?
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I'm not aware of any setting that will allow to have the node osnap snap to a node unless the cursor is very close to the block or point object of a point.
There is a "Create Line By Point Object" command that will allow lines to be drawn by selecting anywhere on a point object, including description, without using any osnap, it will draw to the node. This command can be found on the on Home Tab of the Ribbon>Draw Panel>Line icon flyout>Create Line By Point Object.
It's also found on the Transparent Toolbar but you must begin a command such as line or polyline prior to selecting the Transparent "Point Object" command. As with all Transparent Toolbar options these only work from within a current command.
To make Civil 3D select only what the osnap setting is. Set OSNAPOVERRIDE to 1. Remember you must set it back to 0 after drawing the line or you wont be able to select anything that doesn't match the osnap setting.
You can also try changing the Aperture setting.