I'm trying to figure out if there's a short cut to vertically orient dimension text in the draft environment. For example, when I use coordinate dimensions, it's handy to have the text of the dimensions be vertically oriented to unclutter the view. What I find myself doing is having to individually right click each coordinate dimension, going to properties, clicking on the "text" tab, and selecting vertical in the "orientation" drop down box.
When placing the dimension initially, there's no icon that allows me to select how I want the text oriented. Morever, when I select all the dimensions that I want vertically oriented and right click, it doesn't work. Does anybody know of a more efficient way to vertically orient dimension texts?
Make a style with that setting.
@hawcad, You certainly don't "need" to, and @TCubed was aware of that. But it sure makes changing existing dims, and creating new ones as well, easier with a style instead of clicking thru the properties dialog.
Edit: Additionally, @TCubed, you can't change multiple dims at once with the properties dialog unless you select the properties command from the ribbon. A right click selection of properties limits you to one entity.
@hawcad, Thank you for the input. I've used Solid Edge for not too long now, and am barely discovering the utility in using styles. In my specific case, I wanted both a vertical orientation for some dimensions and horizontal for other dimensions. Having a new style created helps with just that!
@bshand, Thanks for the knowledge drop. I didn't know a right click properties dialog was limited to only one selection. Regarding changing of dimensions at once with the ribbon and properties command, can you elaborate? When I click on the ribbon -> properties, this leads to only the File properties or Property Manager.
@TCubed, Select all the entities you want to change and pick the edit properties button, if it's there, I've been using my own custom menus so long I don't even remember if I added it or not.
my thoughts only were that it is possible to use the same style for coordinate dimesions as well as for normal dimensions.
But if - and this did come out do clearly for me - man would like to have parallel as well as perpendicular text, then You will need two different styles.
With former SE versions (I believe before ST7) only different styles lead to the wanted result.