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Display Text-Based Linetypes
Tip# 3598 By Paul Grabowski On 13-Mar-2011
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Categories : Polylines
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Change the way linetype text is displayed.

Engineering technician Paul F. Grabowski uses custom linetypes that have text embedded in them. He shows us some methods he uses to change the way the text is displayed in AutoCAD.

"We use linetypes that have text as part of the linetype. On site surveys, for example, we have a linetype labeled with FO to indicate a fiber optic line. We also use one with the word GAS to indicate a buried gas line. Sometimes, with a polyline, I want the text reversed for a better appearance in the drawing. In the past I used to redraw the polyline in the opposite direction and erase the original. This was OK for short runs of just a few segments, but time-consuming for long runs with many segments.

"Now I draw a short polyline segment with the text running in the direction I want, move it to an end of the existing polyline, and use PEdit to join it to the existing polyline. The text changes in the whole line. I then make a break and erase the short segment, and the change is complete."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: Custom linetypes are used by many designers around the world. There are some text-based linetypes that come with AutoCAD out of the box. They place text within the line; as the line goes, so does the text. If the text is not displayed correctly, redraw the line. The first insertion point is the starting point of the text. A new feature in the latest version of AutoCAD is the Reverse option in the PEdit (Polyline Edit) command. Start the PEdit command, select your polyline, and choose the option Reverse. This will reverse the direction of the polyline.


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Comment by Shank, Brent
Posted on 2011-03-14 13:36:03
Another new feature in Autocad is to change the starting "A" in your linetype definition to a "U" for upright. Text in these linetypes will always read correctly even if the polyline forms a rectangle.
Comment by Routon,brock
Posted on 2011-03-14 13:53:30
a follow up to Brents comment... This is a new feature in 2011. Here is a link to the definition of using "U" (upright) instead of "R" (rotation) http://docs.autodesk.com/ACD/2011/ENU/filesACG/WS73099cc142f4875513fb5cd10c4aa30d6b-7e65.htm Brock
Comment by Elrod,Kent
Posted on 2011-03-14 15:19:42
Just use REVERSE at the command line, no need to go into Pedit command first.
Comment by Barrett,Tod
Posted on 2011-09-27 08:51:00
To follow up on Brent and Brock's comments on the new "upright" feature for the text in custom linetypes in 2011, they will not display properly with a rotated model. When creating saved views with a saved UCS to orient the model, the text in the linetypes will not display as at the proper rotation as it always reverts to the original world UCS. Hope there is a patch for this.