Drawing Title Block Alternative

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I am sure you all already know this, and I am sure there are other ways to
do this, but here is an alternative and more flexible way to manage title
blocks on drawings.
With the delivered templates the title block geometry and values are on the
background sheet and you are limited to property text for input.
Other strings that are not property text have to be manually inserted and
maintained on the drawing.
The additional strings are really placed on the drawing, not in the title
block. There is also no collective input to these additional strings.
Here is the alternative method.
Open the attached Draft file "TitleBlockST2.dft".
Notice that there is not a title block on the drawing.
Click on the Library tab in EdgeBar.
Notice that there is a block under the ActiveDocument called TitleBlock.
Drag this block onto the display window.
Notice that the origin of the block is the bottom right hand corner.
Drag the block to the bottom right hand corner of the drawing border.
Notice that it snaps into place. There is a point at that location that can
be located on the drawing.
Click to place the block.
A dialog will display prompting for title block information.
Key in the needed data into the propertues.
Click OK and the block will place with the data specified.
To edit the title block, RMB on the block and click Properties.
You can easily change the information in the title block collectively.
You can have a single background sheet for standard sized drawings and still
have as many different title blocks as you need.
Simply drag the one you need onto the drawing. All this can be built into a
template.


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Re: Drawing Title Block Alternative

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Dear Ricky,
Thanks for the information - I have been playing around with the Titleblock
and think I can make use of it for my own files. I am sure there are
hundreds of little gems within the software and when you have a spare moment
I for one, would appreciate it if you could set out examples.
I remember not so long ago you used a formula in the data table to show Ron
Latour how (chamfer) angles could be modified - such examples are much
appreciated.
Sincerely,

Roger
"Ricky Black" wrote in message
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> I am sure you all already know this, and I am sure there are other ways to
> do this, but here is an alternative and more flexible way to manage title
> blocks on drawings.
> With the delivered templates the title block geometry and values are on
> the
> background sheet and you are limited to property text for input.
> Other strings that are not property text have to be manually inserted and
> maintained on the drawing.
> The additional strings are really placed on the drawing, not in the title
> block. There is also no collective input to these additional strings.
>
> Here is the alternative method.
> Open the attached Draft file "TitleBlockST2.dft".
> Notice that there is not a title block on the drawing.
> Click on the Library tab in EdgeBar.
> Notice that there is a block under the ActiveDocument called TitleBlock.
> Drag this block onto the display window.
> Notice that the origin of the block is the bottom right hand corner.
> Drag the block to the bottom right hand corner of the drawing border.
> Notice that it snaps into place. There is a point at that location that
> can
> be located on the drawing.
> Click to place the block.
> A dialog will display prompting for title block information.
> Key in the needed data into the propertues.
> Click OK and the block will place with the data specified.
> To edit the title block, RMB on the block and click Properties.
> You can easily change the information in the title block collectively.
>
> You can have a single background sheet for standard sized drawings and
> still
> have as many different title blocks as you need.
> Simply drag the one you need onto the drawing. All this can be built into
> a
> template.
>
>
>

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I would like to open and copy this file to my computer but I keep getting the error shown below. Any Ideas what is happening here? Thanks

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When you log into bbsnotes, are you using 'vbulletin' or'dnewsweb'.
regards,
Rick B.

Re: Drawing Title Block Alternative

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Rick B.
I am logging in on the vbulletin page.

Thanks for your help
Rich

Re: Drawing Title Block Alternative

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I am sure you all already know this, and I am sure there are other ways to
do this, but here is an alternative and more flexible way to manage title
blocks on drawings.
With the delivered templates the title block geometry and values are on the
background sheet and you are limited to property text for input.
Other strings that are not property text have to be manually inserted and
maintained on the drawing.
The additional strings are really placed on the drawing, not in the title
block. There is also no collective input to these additional strings.
Here is the alternative method.
Open the attached Draft file "TitleBlockST2.dft".
Notice that there is not a title block on the drawing.
Click on the Library tab in EdgeBar.
Notice that there is a block under the ActiveDocument called TitleBlock.
Drag this block onto the display window.
Notice that the origin of the block is the bottom right hand corner.
Drag the block to the bottom right hand corner of the drawing border.
Notice that it snaps into place. There is a point at that location that can
be located on the drawing.
Click to place the block.
A dialog will display prompting for title block information.
Key in the needed data into the propertues.
Click OK and the block will place with the data specified.
To edit the title block, RMB on the block and click Properties.
You can easily change the information in the title block collectively.
You can have a single background sheet for standard sized drawings and still
have as many different title blocks as you need.
Simply drag the one you need onto the drawing. All this can be built into a
template.

I am a new user and ran across this post, hoping to figure out how to set up custom title blocks. I downloaded the file TitleBlockST2.dft OK, but it refuses to open with a really wierd dialog box: "The requested file is opened exclusively and cannot be accessed at this time." One of the response buttons says, "Notify me when available." I've never seen anything like this before. Is this an SE2D exclusive or an obscure Windows XP thing?

Re: Drawing Title Block Alternative

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This sounds like a privalege issue.
Something else has control of the file.
If you do not know what may have the file tied up, the easiest way to
correct this is to reboot.
This will free up the file.
The example is an alternative. Borders/title blocks ate typically defined on
background sheets.
You can see these by clicking on the 'View' tab at the top.
Click on 'Background'. You will see additional sheet tabs at the bottom.
These background sheets contain all the geometry for the sheet border and
sheet titles.
You can create new and modify these as needed.
If you want to reuse them, save the file and use it as a template file for
new files.
Each working sheet (Sheet1) can display any background needed.
Of you right mouse click on Sheet1 at the bottom you will see a command menu
pop up.
Click on Sheet Setup in the command list.
Click on the Background tab.
This is where you specify which background to use for that sheet.
Regards,
Rick B.

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Nope, no joy on the reboot. I guess I'll soldier on without the file. BTW, I'm using "vbulletin."

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I'm having the same problem opening the file. Clicking on it in the post opened ST2 but the file never opened. I closed ST2 and "edge.exe" was still running in taskmanager. I ended 'edge.exe' and looked for anything else that might be using the file, nothing. It still won't work.

I would like to see this because title blocks give me a headache and one would think they would be very simple.

Thank you!

Tim

Re: Drawing Title Block Alternative

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Don't open the file through the web.
That may be your problem.
Save the file local to your machine first.
Then start Solid Edge ST2 and open the file using file open.
Regards,
Rick B.