Discussion in 'Using Alibre Design' started by Lew_Merrick, May 12, 2020.
YES - already there.
Hi j -- Absolutely right, I have been "asking for this" since 2009! -- Lew
Hi David -- Why does not information "leap to the front" when an (Anti-)Help search is made? -- Lew
I see that the Individual Sheet Number can be added, but not the Total Sheets ???
Sheet Number is a 'smart note' - it includes both numbers.
Ah, but how does one implement it? The Anti-Help system is of no use! -- Lew
Sheet numbering is built in to templates by default. Add another sheet to the drawing file and it goes from 1 of 1 to 2 of 2, 3 of 3 etc. If you reorder the sheets they automatically renumber.
Lew - simply insert a field containing 'Sheetnumber' property. Exactly as done in the supplied templates.
See section Data field: Automatic in this article https://support.alibre.com/support/...-custom-2d-drawing-templates-in-alibre-design
There are several keyboard shortcuts available that are Windows based. You can find them with Character Map (charmap.exe.)
It involves holding down the Alt key and typing 4 digits on the number pad then releasing the Alt key.
Diameter symbol Ø is Alt + 0216
Degree symbol ° is Alt + 0176
Squared (superscript 2) ² is Alt + 0178
Cubed ³ is Alt + 0179
The lower right corner of character map reveals the Alt code for the selected symbol.
If you create a hole utilizing the Hole function you can't add tolerances to the "smart" dimensions in the drawing. For example, if I want a hole for a dowel pin and I use the hole tool to create a .250 ˅ Thru hole. When dimensioning using the "Add Hole Callout" it shows as "2x Ø.250 ˅ Thru" There is no way to say that it is "".250 +/- anything"". The only way is a convoluted work around by putting in a bunch of spaces "2x Ø.250 ˅ Thru" and then adding a note to squeeze in there. Said note, then is not attached to the actual dimension, so if you move something around, it gets lost.
If you manually place a centerline in the drawing, and then decide to "insert centers" to show the centers of holes, it wipes out the centerlines you created by hand.
dimensions should "snap" together...
They do snap on my system (v21).
Here is another common issue I deal with.
v21 increases the count for the callout to cope with patterns and mirrors. In this example one hole was made with hole tool - it was patterned x 3 - all were then mirrored. The callout is correct, even if the lines might benefit from tweaks.
David, I am on V21 Build 21034. Just updated things last week. And I stand corrected on the mirrored hole dimensioning issue in particular. (It's a Monday morning, I clicked the wrong thing on my view, D'OH --- sorry about that)
Maybe ask can Alibre? or how do I?
Yes, just like that. How do I do it? I must drag it to the right of centerline until it "flips" I don't see any right click option to "flip" it. Little things like this should be easy to see/find how to do it. I shouldn't have to ask. (I don't mean this in any way negative, sorry if it comes across that way).
Anyway, after poking around, I see now if I "edit" it and unselect "Smart Anchor" then change the setting, it will do what I requested.
(Right Click + "Flip") sure seems a lot easier/quicker though. Anything that can save time is a huge bonus for making drawings.
Thank you for your help/comments.
Hi "J" -- "THRU" is the default definition of a Ho;e ("Feature") otherwise it has a "Deep" designation. Additionally, you create a "Property" to define the "display" of a Dimension in your Drawing Format sheet. -- Lew
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