Are AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Label Style Layers Not Working?

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Last night I posted on the Professional Land Surveyor Forum a discussion topic, "Are AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Label Style Layers Not Working?" Here is what I posted there:

Is anyone else having this problem? I'm now using AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, and when I set a layer in any Label Style the label, when created, does take on the attributes of that layer, but does not reside on the layer specified in the Label Style. It looks to me like the overrides are not fully functioning.

I bring this up for three reasons:

  1. I'm looking for an answer.
  2. I'm curious as to how many people this is happening to, besides me.
  3. I want you to be aware of this before you create a ton of labels and then have to manually select them all and switch them to the layer you wanted them on to begin with.

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I first noticed this earlier this week when I was creating a whole bunch of General Note Labels and General Line Labels. After the labels where created, and I was selecting labels to be on/off and/or thaw/freeze in different viewpots in paperspace, I noticed that when I turned the layers off, or froze them, nothing was happening.

Mind you, the labels took on the appearance of the proper layer but when I looked at the properties of that label it was not on the layer I had chosen in the Label Stlye. Thinking I was going a little crazy, and needing to get the plan out the door (does Autodesk know that lost time cost us money?) I then took a bludgeon to the process and manually changed the labels to the correct layer that I had originally specified.

I didn't have any time to look into this further and then tonight I received an email digest from the Autocad Civil 3D Workforce LinkedIn Group that I am a member of (I recommend that you join this group, btw) where a group member posted a discussion about Spot elevations using Surface Labels. He was having the same issues that I was having with Label Styles, Labels, and Layers.

Feeling a little better about not imagining things, knowing that I'm not the only one this is happening to, and having a little time on my hands I looked into this a little more. Sure enough, choosing a layer for your Label Styles appears to only partly override the "Master" Object Layer set in your Drawing Settings. Two things seem to happen:

  1. The Label Object does take on the attributes (color, for example) of the Layer you set (and tried to use as an override).
  2. The Label Object itself, however, will actually reside on the "Master" Layer set in your Drawing Settings for that Object type.

If I hear or learn more about this issue I'll pass that information along. Hoping you'll do the same.

Thanks and Be Brilliant

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