1 question about using the Basic "X" Point style. Basically, if I have field codes that don't require symbols, I would usually give them the basic "X" point style. I'm starting to notice that all my "X's" are all on the same layer ex.."AP-Point" as set when I went into the Basic Point Style Properties. My description is set to go into another layer...AP-Labels....
At first it didn't bother me until I turned off half of my layers and while keeping the other half up. These points are marked with the basic "X" too but with various field codes and descriptions. I have all my points set up to go into their specific layers but my problem is....it's all controlled by the AP-Layer only instead of their seperate layers.
So now, I really can't control which layer to freeze to get rid of some clutter. Is there a simple solution to this. Am I doing something wrong? Or should I have multiple Basic points with multiple layers instead?
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I control point display through Point Groups. I have an All_points No_Display group. All points set to a No_Display style. Anything that I want to see goes above that in the list. What I don't want to see goes below. This is more flexible than layers since while a point marker of label can't be on more than one layer at once. Points can be in multiple Point Groups.
Interesting. How do I go about to try this No_Display Group?
Is there a way to get multiple Point Groups into my DWT? Or do I have to arrange point groups after I import my points in. Hypothetically, All of my points go into their respective layer automatically....do multiple point groups show up automatically too?
If you don't already have No_Display Point and Label styles. Create them. Copy the All_Points Group and assign the No_Display styles to it. Arrange the Point Group Order to bring all you want to see above that group and those you don't want to see below.
You can create all the point groups in your template. We base most of ours on the description. So you can sort them similarly to how you import them. But with the Point Groups you can change the display without freezing or thawing any layers.
The Point Groups have to be creates once. After that all points will appear in the groups that they match the criteria for. You could have an Existing group of all field shots, an EP Group of all EP shots and Groups for EP-BLKTP, EP-CONC and EP-GRAV.
So I just right click on Point Groups and select new? Or do I have to go somewhere else to create this No_Display Point and Label style.
I guess I'm just a little too confused as to where and how I get to this point. Unfortunately I'm still in the learning stages since I only use C3d about 4-5 months a year. After I get back from the field and sit down, I basically have to relearn everything again. I'm just so used to the older Carlson and Eagle Point programs that were so simple to use for the surveyor.
You can create the Point Groups first or not. But at one point to have it work the way I've described. You have to have the No_Display styles. If you have a choice of <none> that might work also.
Another advantage of this method is that you can override the Point Marker and Label styles within a Point Group. So you can have a point displayed one way in one Group and differently in another.
Thanks for the help Allen but this is just flying over my head now. I'm starting to get in too deep with this issue and have absolutely no clue what you're explaining. Especially if I can't see it for myself. Is there some kind of video about this topic? and a how to do what you're explaining or is this just something people finally figure out after long hours of working with this. This program is just so frustrating. I just don't understand why I have to go through hundreds of steps just to get something simple to work the way I want it to. I don't understand why when I make a Field Code description and I give it a layer to go to, but now I have to make my basic marker set for another layer and my label is set for another layer too. Why do I have to have so many multiple layers for a simple "X" symbol.
The point group and cloud stuff is not my forte. I understand the point group and all. I have made individual point groups after I imported my points in but what your explaining is probably easy to understand to some but no me. Again, I appreciate your help.
Don't give up. I basically haven't answered about the multiple layers because I don't know the answer.
I'm working with a huge Surface so I can't do anything to show you more clearly right now. I'll try to put something together in the morning before I open the big project.