Tag Archives: Annotation

Linked/Independant Labels

When you place a label, that label can be linked to an element, or placed as an independent element. This is important, since dragging a copy of a linked label creates a label that is also linked to that content. Independ

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(3) Linked Labels Associated to a Fill

In the above example, the redundant labels were created by dragging a copy of the first label to create new labels. The result is that when the fill is deleted, all labels are lost.

One method for preventing this is to copy/paste, rather than dragging a copy, to create new labels that are not linked or associated to model or drawing elements. These can be moved to the side, then cleaned up and repositioned after the necessary drawing elements are deleted.

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(3) Copies of Linked Labels, using Copy/Paste to Duplicate

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Deleting the fill leaves the pasted labels, that can then be placed back to their original location

Another option is to select the labels (or all labels in a view), then right click and choose Convert to Independent Label.

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Right click & convert to Independent

A fair warning on independent labels; they will not reposition with any content. They can only be text labels, and they can not be converted to any other label type, since there is no way to associate them to drafting or model elements without deleting and replacing.

The label tool has a lot of options, and a lot of benefits to having links to content, but when you need an independent text label, just know there are ways to fix a drag and copy mistake.

Spline Leaders & On-Screen View Options

Using the spline tool as a leader for dimension text offset or as an arrow for annotation on details, sections, elevations, interior elevations, or plan elements can be an effective method if used properly. If used improperly it creates a nuisance to clean up later. The spline should start from the text box in a horizontal direction, not angled up or down; from here it can make one or more bends to get to the arrow head that the text is associated with.

Below is an example of what the text/spline relationship should NOT look like:

Bad SplinesNotice the splines arc or angle directly from the text box. To correct this go to the View drop down > On-Screen View Options > Spline Handles:

On-Screen View Options

This will turn on the spline handles as a non-print (view only) element. Drag the handles to start directly horizontal from the spline origin at the text:

Correct SplinesThese handles are available without the on-screen view options set to show spline handles, but they will only be visible/accessible if the spline is selected and will show as a faint green editing handle.

BONUS TIP!

To ensure that splines are tangential when first placed set your spline options to “Natural” in the spline or info box settings. The following examples were all traced from the same 6 points, but only the Natural setting creates a consistently tangential curve:

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DIMENSIONING 101

I have a couple of quick tips on dimensioning tools and features that you may or may not know about. First is the “Dimension to Core” function in the dimension settings dialog box. If this is checked before (or after) placing a dimension that has been associated with a wall it will assign the dimension to link to the core elements of the wall only.

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The next tip is automatically dimensioning the exterior of of your building envelope. Even with a complex building profile you can simultaneously dimension all exterior faces of your plan in one operation. First, set your dimension style to what you want to see in plan view, this can be done simply by selecting the “Face of Framing” dimension from the favorites. Next, select your exterior walls (see the post on Find and Select for the most efficient way to do this). Then open the Automatic Dimensioning dialog (Document > Document Extras > Exterior Dimensioning), set the dimension settings in the dialog to reflect the elements and geometries you are trying to dimension. The image below shows the settings that work well; note that “Dimension Structures” and “Dimension External Geometry” should not both be checked.

After clicking “OK” in the Automatic Dimensioning dialog box you simply have to give your dimension a reference line with a two click operation and an offset distance to place with a third click.

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The Result is a fully dimensioned floor plan that needs little or no clean up. One thing to note is the “Dimension only the Core” in the dimension selection settings NEEDS to be selected before using the automatic dimensioning. Unlike an individually placed dimension, this is no longer an option for automatically placed dimensions after they have been placed.

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Before I finish I will comment on the interior automatic dimensions; I don’t recommend this tool. I have never yielded satisfactory results without spending more time than if I just manually dimensioned the interior spaces. If anyone has experienced otherwise please share your process and maybe I’ll amend that statement and follow up with a recommendation on how to properly use the automatic interior dimension feature.

SECTION MARKER SYMBOLS

Trying to get your section marker to mask over line work and fills? Here are your settings:Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 11.13.55 AM

By using the built in Marker in place of the NCS marker you have a setting for a background fill under the marker text, this will effectively mask out what is behind the marker. A few things to note on changing the marker head from the NCS to the Built in; the marker head scales differently, so our standard 30 pt marker (NCS) will need to be a 42 pt marker (Built In) to match, you will need to specify an appropriate masking cover fill for the marker background and a separate solid cover fill for the marker head arrow with white and black print pens respectively.

Once the change is made this should be your result:

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