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Customize the Default Text Styles

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Our software includes a system of default Text Styles. Each Text Style is automatically assigned to one or more specific types of text placed in your drawings by one of our features such as labeling plants or placing a Spot Elevation. (For example, our Plant Callout text style controls the appearance of the plant code and count in your plant labels.) Although we have taken care to set a logical font and point size for each of the default Text Styles, you're free to customize them to match your standards.

For detailed information on our Text Styles, please see our Text Style System documentation page. That page also includes a list of all the default Text Styles, which identifies the types of text controlled by each style.

The Two Versions of the Text Manager

You can customize our Text Styles from the Text Manager, accessed from either the General Preferences or our Text tool.

The General Preferences and Text tool call up slightly different versions of the Text Manager, as described below. Both versions allow you to edit the default Text Styles.

 

General Preferences

If you open the General Preferences screen, you'll see a Text Styles section in the top left corner. This section lists all of our default Text Styles.

 

 

 

To edit one of the Text Styles, select it in the list and click Edit.

 

 

 

The Text Manager will open.

 

 

1. The name of the selected Text Style (example: Plant Callout)

 

 

2. Specifications: Use these menus and fields to customize the selected text style. For details, please see the Customizing Our Text Styles section below.

 

 

3. Preview of the current specifications of the selected Text Style

 

 

4. Click OK to save your changes.

 

 

 

 

Text Tool

 

F/X Site ribbon, Text button

 

 

 

 

Graphics toolbar, Fonts button

F/X Graphics menu, Fonts button

 

 

 

or by typing *FX_Fonts in the Command line

 

 

 

The Text Manager will open. This version of the Text Manager is slightly different from the version you access from the General Preferences.

 

 

1. A list of all available Text Styles. Select a style from the list to edit it.

 

2. Specifications: Use these menus and fields to customize the selected text style. For details, please see the Customizing Our Text Styles section below.

 

3. Preview of the current specifications of the selected Text Style

 

4. Buttons to create a New text style and Delete an existing Text Style.

Be careful when deleting Text Styles. Once you delete a style, its settings will be deleted as well.

 

 

5. Buttons to place single-line TEXT and multiline text (MTEXT) in your drawing. For details, please see our Placing Text in Your Drawing documentation page.

Why Two Versions?

We purposely engineered two versions of the Text Manager for the following reasons:

  • The General Preferences screen is meant to be a location where you only configure your preferences, as opposed to, for example, placing items in the drawing. The Text tool, on the other hand, is a Site tool geared toward placing text in your drawing.

 

  • We wanted to prevent users from accidentally deleting Text Styles or configuring the wrong Text Style from the General Preferences.

 

  • We still wanted to provide the ability to customize the Text Styles using either tool.

Customizing Our Text Styles

To customize one of the Text Styles, select it in the Text Manager and configure the settings in the Specifications section to meet your needs. In the following example, we'll edit the settings of the Callout Light Text Style.

The most common text styles to review early on are the Schedule Text and Schedule Title styles, which control the text for Planting, Irrigation, and Reference Notes Schedules. For detailed information on each of the default text styles, please see our List of Text Styles documentation section.

 

 

Text Manager as accessed from the General Preferences

 

Text Manager as accessed from the Text tool

The screenshots provided below depict the Text Manager as accessed from the General Preferences.

 

 

Selecting a Font

 

To change the font assigned to the selected Text Style, select a font from the Font menu (example: Roman Simplex).

 

 

 

Adding a New Font to the Menu

 

Want to use a font that isn't included in the menu?

 

 

You can add a new font by selecting the <Add New> option at the bottom of the Font menu.

 

 

 

 

The Select Font dialog box will open.

 

 

Select your desired font from the menu.

 

 

The large letters near the bottom of this dialog box provide a preview of the selected font.

 

 

Click OK to add the new font to the Font menu in the Text Manager.

Don't see your desired font here? See the Font Files section below.

 

 

Selecting a Point Size

 

Our software measures text size in points.

 

Type a value in the Point Size field.

 

 

Assume about 0.01 inch, or 0.25 mm, per point.

Text Styles are scaled so that the text will appear the same size when printing when placed in Model Space or Paper Space. Our Scale feature controls the scale of your text, so a 10-point font will automatically be scaled properly in Model Space or Paper Space to plot at 10-point size.

 

 

Width, Italic, and Layer Settings

 

Width: Entering a number in this field assigns the Text Style with a width relative to its height. (The default setting of 1 results in text with proportionate width and height.)

 


Italic: Option to place the selected Text Style in italics

 

Layer: Option to enter a layer name, which will result in the Text Style always being placed in that layer. (The layer will be created automatically if it doesn't yet exist in the current drawing.)

CAD & Font Files

You can add Windows TrueType fonts, or AutoCAD-compatible .shx fonts to our database of fonts.

 

In order to access a font for any program on your computer, including CAD, you need to have it installed as a font file. In Windows, fonts are stored in the folder C\:Windows\Fonts.

 

If a specific font isn't available from the Text Manager, check this folder. If you don't see a file with that font's name, you'll need to download the font and install it in this folder.

To install a TrueType font, you'll first need to install the font into Windows. These fonts are usually located in the WINDOWS/Fonts folder (pictured above), but you'll need to copy the font to a different location. From the Fonts Control Panel, you can hold down the "Ctrl" key while dragging the font into a folder on the Windows Desktop, for example.

 

The .shx fonts may be supplied by AutoCAD. Click Tools/Options/Files/Support File Search Path for the location of AutoCAD fonts. You can also supply these fonts yourself in the folder of your choice.

 

If the font won't load, put it in the folder LandFX/fonts. You should then be able to see the font in CAD.

Still having issues with fonts? You may be dealing with a corrupt font file.

Creating a New Text Style

For instructions on creating your own new Text Style, see our Creating Text Styles page.

Placing Text in Your Drawing

If you need to place text directly in your drawing, you can use our Text tool. For instructions, please see our Placing Text in Your Drawing documentation page.

Reload (Update) All Text Styles

Our REAT (Reload All Text Styles) keyboard command updates all text in the current drawing to reflect your Text Style settings in the active Preference Set. Learn more about the REAT command.

 

We've also added a Text Styles option in our BatchMan batch file processing tool that updates all Text Styles in multiple drawing files to match your default Preference Set.

A Note on the Concept Schedule Text Style (Discontinued March 2019)

We've removed the Concept Schedule style as of March 2019. The Schedule Text style will now apply to Concept Plant Schedule text.

Want to give your Concept Plant Schedules their own text style, separate from the Schedule Text style? Here's how.

We've discontinued the Concept Schedule Text style to simplify and improve several tools. We recommend updating your office's Preference Set standards in accordance with this change, and only using the solution linked above for past projects.

Troubleshooting

Issue: Text styles/fonts not displaying correctly

 

Issue: Your callouts (such as plant labels or detail callouts) are coming in with different fonts or text styles

 

Issue: You tried to customize a Text Style, but the text is coming in with the incorrect font, point size, or other settings

 

Issue: Schedule Text or Schedule Title is appearing in the wrong font, point size, etc.

 

Issue: You opened the Preferences, and the buttons and options are grayed out, and you are not able to make changes

 

Issue: Fonts are replaced by the font Simplex.shx when you open your drawing

 

Issue: Text is not reflecting the thickness of the layer color in your CTB when you plot

 

Issue: You want to give your Concept Plant Schedule text its own style or font, separate from the Schedule Text settings

Last modified on Monday, 25 March 2019 16:36
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