Offset Tool Dimension

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Good day,
Perhaps I am doing something wrong but it seems the software automatically
inserts a dimension in a drawing when using the offset tool. Then when
using the 'extend to next' or, 'trim' tools the software seems unable to
differentiate between the drawn geometry and the offset dimension projection
line, so fails to function. Remove the dimension, the software identifies
the drawn geometry and the tools work again. Is there a way to make the
dimension automatically inserted by the 'offset tool' obey the Intellisketch
Auto Dimension command i.e.it is switched on or off? If not perhaps a
future modification is worth considering?
Roger
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Re: Offset Tool Dimension

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Roger,
Can you send an example of what you are doing?
I can draw a line and create an associative offset.
This creates a new line, a dimension for the offset, and an offset
constraint.
I can extend either the original line or the offset line independently.
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: Offset Tool Dimension

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Ricky,
I modified the file that stimulated the post by removing the dimensions
inserted automatically by the 'offset tool' - the tools now work. However,
attached is an example produced just for this exercise. The 'extend to
next' tool does not appear to work for those lines marked A without first
removing the dimension.
Sincerely,
Roger
PS. Oops I may have clicked the wrong button - if this is a duplicate
response please forgive me!
"Ricky Black" wrote in message
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> Roger,
> Can you send an example of what you are doing?
> I can draw a line and create an associative offset.
> This creates a new line, a dimension for the offset, and an offset
> constraint.
> I can extend either the original line or the offset line independently.
>
> Regards,
> Rick B.
>

Re: Offset Tool Dimension

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Roger,
I assume you are trying to trim thr right ends of the horizontal offset
lines.
I am able to trim them between the two vertical lines.
I noticed that the dimensions that drice the offset are sick.
This means that you did something to detach the dimensions.
The dimensions are no longer driving the offset.
Rick B.

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Ricky,
To recap, the illustration was to show the 'extend to next' would not extend
the right hand ends of the horizontal lines (A). I am sure you are right
that I did something to detach the dimensions! But it seems to me that (in
some circumstances) the software is unable to differentiate between the
drawn geometry and the offset dimension projection line, so the tool ceases
to function. Remove the dimension and the tools function normally.
Maybe I should adopt a different drawing strategy but the 'offset', 'trim'
and 'extend to next' tools provide a very efficient means of creating e.g.
drawings of woodworking joints like the various mortise and tenons. The
downside is the necessity to 'clean up' many unwanted but automatically
inserted 'offset dimensions' (to make the tools work). It would be good if
the 'offset dimension' responded to the Automatic Dimension Command toggled
on/off switch. Perhaps something for the future?
Sincere thanks for the splendid software and the unrivalled quality of the
support.
Roger

"Ricky Black" wrote in message
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> Roger,
> I assume you are trying to trim thr right ends of the horizontal offset
> lines.
> I am able to trim them between the two vertical lines.
> I noticed that the dimensions that drice the offset are sick.
> This means that you did something to detach the dimensions.
> The dimensions are no longer driving the offset.
>
> Rick B.
>

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"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Roger,
>I assume you are trying to trim thr right ends of the horizontal offset
>lines.
>I am able to trim them between the two vertical lines.
>I noticed that the dimensions that drice the offset are sick.
>This means that you did something to detach the dimensions.
>The dimensions are no longer driving the offset.
>
>Rick B.
>
>

Ricky and folks, I used to use IMSI's Design Cad (DC) before being converted to
SE which I like much better. However, DC had a feature that SE doesn't that would
solve this and some other little "kinks" that I've noticed as being different from
SE. Namely, DC has an option to assign certain elements to different layers. You
can put the following on dedicated layers:
Dimensions,
Text,
Pointmarks, &
Hatches & Fill
Maybe in the future for SE, we can have such a feature.
Thanks,
Ron
Ronald W Latour