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Civil 3D – Parcel label and ‘Pretty’ exhibit tip

Parcel labels are a real blessing when it comes to site plans.  Everyone is figuring out that I will use a description field for ANYTHING I can.  If I can transfer it to a style display, I’m all over it.

I’m working this project (the one that is delaying the current series I’d publishing for you all), and I had to prepare some exhibits for the lease. I was worried because I have a deadline in 2 days, and I still have other plans to complete.  It actually took little time to prepare. This is what I did:

Re-XML out all my sites. (Just to make sure the collection was accurate)

Formatted a letter sized border that would be attractive on a lease document.

Took the team’s overall master (the one with all the basic background and the improvement XREFs ), and saved-as to a new location. 

Opened new master drawing, imported sheet border, and set the views

Imported only the XML’s that I needed.  In the Prospector, I picked the Parcels Collection, selected ALL the parcels, and changed the Parcels Style, and Area Label Styles globally. 

The trick is that I always shave secondary labels in the description field, for occasions like this.  I either duplicate the name, or it might be something more generalized.  Once in a while I notice that things are getting cramped, and I can enter the Parcel name in the Description field, but stack it a bit narrower. There are ton’s of uses, and I kind of wish that there was maybe 1 other field, giving even more flexibility.  I have styles, that appear and organize the same, but one reads the Name field, and the other reads the Description field.

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I don’t have time to re-label everything in a pinch.  When I bring in the XML parcels, they flop down, and I globally change the Parcels Style to something bold, and the area label styles to the Description display style. 

Often there is a desired subject parcel in the exhibit, so I throw the Parcel Style with a shade at that one, and regen.

Instant lease exhibits! It took me longer to type this, than it did to prepare the exhibit.

I love Civil 3D!

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November 24, 2008 - Posted by | Parcels | , , , , , , ,

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