Broken label styles


Just a quick note today. I’ll be doing more of these snippets to not only refresh the content but make me feel less awkward for being away for so long. That said…

Today’s Quick Note is about label styles in Civil 3D.  Recently, i’ve had to revive old projects and bring them current. Usually, this means inserting older files into a fresh new shiny file based on our template. Or at least that should be the workflow.

Went into a file from scratch and inserted the legacy file, creating parcels for “resource management” type calcs.  WHen the parcel would form, there’d be no label. My immediate reaction was to think i brought something in that corrupted the file. IN hind sight, nt far from the truth.  Did my usual purge/audit file fixes and still no parcel label.  Then i thought about autocad text styles. opened that dialog to find our template styles and the legacy styles there. OK, no problem so far.  THen, i hit the DWG default label settings.  Lo and behold, the default text style is BLANK. [insert favorite mystery movie sound]. So i fix that, but the child override is checked. I clear that to enforce the style across all labels and i’m set!

I go back and relabel the parcel and ta da, good as new.  So what did i do wrong?  I went the wrong way down the workflow street.  Instead of bringing in the template to the legacy file, i should have brought the legacy file into a new template based file; thereby preserving not only the styles, but the default settings and command settings. There’s hope that this workflow street may become 2 way in the future…

I usually have a few pictures to illustrate the issue, but brain wasn’t engaged during the issue and can’t seem to replicate it now.  Oh well; back to the grind. See you tomorrow!

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Hi… I am a husband, father, brother and neighbor. I am employed as a Civil Engineer and have enjoyed playing the drums for the last 30+ years.

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