Import/Export Surface Labels

Import/Export Surface Labels

Win64, English

Red Transit Consultants, LLC
Exports surface labels and corresponding properties to text file. Imports into any drawing based on new surface selection and maintains their settings.

General Usage Instructions

Exporting Labels:

1. Select the surface label type desired for export by checking the corresponding checkbox. Upon checking, if the drawing has the selected label type, corresponding label styles and surfaces referenced by those labels will populate into two lists.

2. Select the desired label style(s) and surface(s) for gathering labels using each style and surface. Multiple selections are allowed.

3. Click Export Labels and a text file called 'ExportLabels.txt' will be created in the same path as the current drawing containing all the necessary data to recreate the exported labels. This text file can be renamed and/or relocated if desired.

4. To import the labels, run the Import Surface Labels command. Command begins by prompting for the exported text file. Default directory is the current drawing directory and it looks for a text file called 'ExportLabels.txt'. Browsing for a different file path/name is allowed if needed.

Import Labels:

1. Upon selecting the exported text file, labels are read by line and brought in as a preview showing each labels corresponding data properties. There is no need to select a label type as the type is stored in the exported file. If text file content is modified incorrectly outside of Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, the command parses out invalid data. A surface list will also appear containing all of the surfaces in the current drawing file.

2. Select the desired surface to apply the labels to. Note that only one surface is allowed in this selection. Every label in the Labels to Import list will be imported and referenced to the selected surface IF it falls on that surface. Labels with coordinates outside of the selected surfaces, minimum and maximum coordinates will not be added.

3. Click Import Labels. Labels are recreated maintaining coordinate positions, text positions, and styles. Note that if a style does not exist in the current drawing, a temporary random style is selected from the current drawing and applied to the label. These can be individually modified through each of the label's properties as needed.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Imports labels from selected text file and allows for new surface selection.


Exports selected labels by style and surface to text file.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

This product has been tested for Windows 64bit systems.

Known Issues

The app does not export labels associated to XREF'd surfaces nor will it allow for importing and referencing XREF'd surfaces. The provided .NET API does not allow for this and the issue has been relayed to Autodesk®.


Company Name: Red Transit Consultants, LLC

Author/Company Information

Red Transit Consultants, LLC

Support Information

At any time, simply email us at, and provide the application plugin name or command name and a detailed description of the error that occurred. We will get back with you as soon as possible and determine a solution to the issue.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

Upgraded for 2023 product (No change in version number). Licensing system has been changed to Flexera. We now offer network licensing capabilities as well as other features. Updated for 2022 version.

Upgraded for 2019 product support (No change in version number). Upgraded for 2018 product support (No change in version number).

Fixed issue with imported spot elevation label's dragged state display; modified error reporting for contour label importing; Updated help menus.

Original Release

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