Michael_Gia

What controls the text height for "show length" label?

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I selected "show length" on the "line style" tab of a standard polyline.

Question 1) how to set height of this label?

Question 2) how to set the units? as in meters or decimal feet?

 

The "number style" button at the bottom of the page seems to do nothing at all.  What does that button actually affect?

 

Is this such a mystery, bad program design or am I absurdly daft?

Honest, I'm actually quite proficient in Chief.  

 

thanks,

 

- Michael

 

 

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The size is controlled by the Text Style for that Layer.

The units are controlled by the CAD Defaults.

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So, I should create a whole new text style and cad layer if I want to affect only that one particular polyline?...

 

thanks for the quick reply by the way

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15 minutes ago, Michael_Gia said:

So, I should create a whole new text style and cad layer if I want to affect only that one particular polyline?...

 

thanks for the quick reply by the way

You only need to create or use a different layer - one that has the text style you want.  It would be nice if CA would allow us more individual control but for now .......

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Thanks, and yes it would be nice.

 

I was able to change the text style with a new layer but I still can't get my decimal feet to show.  It's still in feet-inch.

And that seemingly useless "number style" radio button is there for decoration only.  At least as far as I can tell.

 

 

 

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37 minutes ago, Michael_Gia said:

The "number style" button at the bottom of the page seems to do nothing at all.  What does that button actually affect?

The number style options set the units for entry and display in dbx's only.

They do not effect the actual display in the actual view.

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Oh, so what does control the display of the units in the actual view?

 

I really wish I could just right click on the label and have a dialogue box come up and allow me to enter this stuff on the fly, with perhaps a warning dialogue box asking if I want the change to apply to the layer set or just this one time.

 

Yeah, that's what I'd like.

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Ah ha!  Eureka!

 

After creating a new layer (so only this polyline is affected), you then have to go into:

"defaults" -> "cad" -> "general cad" -> "display line length format"

and then make your change in units.

 

wow! 2 years using this program and this is the first I've ever had to do this.

I was struggling with a terrain that was oddly shaped.

 

thanks everyone

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