Does anyone have a more proper way of replacing dimensions with text...
I usually create the dimension, change the dimension style to blank, and attach a callout to the dimension. I noticed a feature callout option on the dimension type pulldown, but haven't figured out how it's supposed to be used.
You can use the "select - prefix" button just below the "select - dimension type" button where you select blank. Sometimes using the subfix rather than prefix to add text is better because it understands the carriage return symbol and it's left, center, right justifiable.
Callouts are for things like hole and slot specifications. A threaded or c'bored hole for example.
A few options, none of them are exactly right because there is no way to place a variable or text as the actual replacement to a dimension.
1. Use a dimension, make the dimension blank, then add subscripts etc...to the blank dimension.
2. Use annotation. This gets any text or available variables into a display with a leader. manually add other lines and arrows to make up a dimension.
If I really had to have a variable called out in a dimension format (never have though) I guess I'd make the dim blank and then attach an annotation to the dim and turn off the annotation leader.