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2D Drawing editor dimension size

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tom1, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. Tom1

    Tom1 Member

    Is there a way to get the 2D Drawing editor to auto-size dimensions relative to the zoom factor, similar to the way it is handled in the Parts editor? Here's an example of what I'm seeing in the 2D Drawing editor...
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  2. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Hi Tpm -- No, a Drawing is a document intended to be printed out at a specific size. Text sizing needs to be set for readability at that "given size." -- Lew
     
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  3. Tom1

    Tom1 Member

    Thanks for the clarification, Lew.
    In addition to making 3D objects, I also have a need to export 3D-based 2D drawings as *.dxf files that are to be used in my PCB layout program. I enjoy the ability to conveniently edit shapes in the Parts editor, but it has no direct *.dxf export for 2D drawing figures at the moment. I, along with a few other folks here, have requested that such an option be added. This would help in avoiding many copy/paste events between editors and/or trying to direct-edit drawings using the 2D editor and finding gigantic dimensions obscuring the view and slowing things down.
    Being somewhat lazy, I feel it would be nice to have all of my drawing needs met by Alibre Design in a convenient form. If not, maybe I'll look into a separate but easy-to-use program dedicated just to 2D; but I'd still like to avoid having to put up with different GUIs as much as possible. Stuff like this tires me out.
     
  4. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Hi Tom -- One aspect that I spend an inordinate amount of time explaining is the difference between a Model (proper 3D representation) and a Drawing (a 2D Document that conveys Design Intent). (A) I suggest that you adopt a "terminology" similar to that. (B) I spend a 100 or so hours/year converting DXF circuit diagrams to (a) Part Models and (B) "populated" Circuit Board Assemblies. [Everything I know about electronics can be summed up as, "Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Law, Don Lancaster, and Forrest Mims III."] If you have a Drawing "tied" to your Part (or Assembly) Model then "updating" it and Exporting It as a DXF should be trivial. -- Lew
     

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