Hi, I'm drawing doors at the moment. I'm a little bit stuck as to how I make the dimensions visible in the model space. I keep them in a seperate layer and I can see the leader lines, but I can't see the numerals. Are the text sizes controlled centrally? Thanks, -Andy. www.continual-motion.com
Andy, If you are drawing doors, most likely the text size for the dimensions is small in relationship to the geometry you are drawing. If you zoom in on the dimension, you will be able to see the dimension text. There are a couple of things you can do to change the dimension text size. 1. There is a default list of predefined styles that are based on drawing standards (ANSI, ISO, etc.). You can change the text size in the dimension style that you are using. I assume you are using the same dimension style for all your dimensions. The style you are using will be shown in the first combo box in the dimension ribbon bar when you place the dimension. To change the text size in a dimension style, click on Format and then Style at the top of the application window. In the Style dialog set the 'Style type' to Dimension. Click on the style you are using in the 'Styles' list and then click on Modify. Click on the Text tab. You will see a 'Font size'. This is the text size relative to the display on paper. You can change the value to be something more appropriate. You can also create a new style based on an existing style. Changes to the dimension style will apply to all dimensions that use that style. 2. If you only need to change one style, right mouse click on the dimension and click on Properties. You will see a similar dialog to the one when you were modifying the dimension style. the difference is that changes here will only apply to the properties of that one dimension. 3. There is a text height scale combo box on the dimension ribbon bar. the value use here will scale the dimension text height for new dimensions created. 4. If you are creating geometry that will eventually be printed on a standard size drawing, you can use the Drawing Area Setup command. With the 2D Model sheet active, this command is under the File menu at the top of the application window. It will allow you to set up your drawing relative to the geometry size and paper size you will print to. The geometry is still drawn at 1:1 scale, this command will apply the calculated scale to the dimension text scale so that you can see it as you place the dimensions on your geometry. When you print area, the text size will be correct on the sheet size you specify. You can find more in help. Regards, Rick B.
Thanks for the detailed reply. One of the things I'd done was to make a "Dimension" Layer and hide that after creation on the 2D Model Sheet and then have driven (selected - not all) dimensions on the drawing sheet. Unfortunately I used same dimension style for both sheet and model, so I couldn't alter the dimension style on one without the other. I eventually found a way of selecting all the dimensions on the 2d Model space and (with dimension Layer active), filter on select only active layer, selected all dimensions and (whilst holding key) quick double click (right mouse button) on a dimension. That then allowed me to alter all dimension sizes at the same time on one drawing. I think the way forward is to create a new ISO style, maybe, "ISO BIG" or similar. And keep dimensions in sets of similars in layers on drawing sheet so they can be activated/deactivated to show the driving dimensions on the Sheet in certain sets. Thanks for the help, -Andy.
"Rick B." wrote: >Andy, >If you are drawing doors, most likely the text size for the dimensions is > >small in relationship to the geometry you are drawing. If you zoom in on the > >dimension, you will be able to see the dimension text. There are a couple >of >things you can do to change the dimension text size. > >text scale so that you can see it as you place the dimensions on your >geometry. When you print area, the text size will be correct on the sheet > >size you specify. You can find more in help. > >Regards, >Rick B. > > www.continual-motion.com