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Create C/L P/L symbols
Tip# 3062 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 14-Dec-2008
Rated By 2 users
Categories : Multiline Text
Software type : AutoCAD
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How to create C/L P/L symbols.

Leonid Nemirovsky shared a tip he received from David Allison about how to create C/L P/L symbols. David uses the following tip with AutoCAD 2007, but he believes it should work with any version that allows mtext formatting.

First type mtext that looks like this:


Then highlight the mtext with grips, and in the Change Properties dialog box, change the        line spacing to 0.25. This will produce a centerline symbol in front of the word PIER. It can be a baseline symbol, plate symbol, or whatever symbol is needed.

This tip received reviews on both ends of the quality spectrum, but the positive review raved so much that we feel compelled to let readers give it a try for themselves. Although one Tip Patrol member felt this is an inefficient use of the Mtext Editor features, another cheered, "This may be the best tip I've reviewed of the year!  This is one of those ideas, inherent in the command, that you wonder why no one ever thought of using it like this before.  For 23 years I've used special or custom fonts, or blocks, or (simply) dtext manually superimposed.  As they say in the beer commercials:  'Brilliant! Brilliant!' " Test the tip for yourself and leave a comment about your results.


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Comment by Larkin,Daniel
Posted on 2008-12-15 14:16:46
This does not work with romans or romand text styles. :(
Comment by McEntyre,Terrell
Posted on 2008-12-15 15:32:41
Looks nothing like a true CL symbol. Try setting a tab at half letter width and tab the L PIER line over.
Comment by maneja,ronald
Posted on 2008-12-16 02:49:04
l like it, its a gem tip.
Comment by Canavan,Joseph
Posted on 2008-12-16 06:02:41
I must be missing something. Why not use the characters that are supplied w/ autocad such as U+2104 for C L (centerline) or U+214A for P L (Property Line or Plate). In the MText editor you don't even need to type in the string I mentioned, they're on a drop down menu for the picking along w/ many others.