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Roger Webster

How to add a scale bar?

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Sorry to be so basic, but how and where do I add a scale bar - on a viewport, or on a design layer? My attempts so far simply result in one vertical line, labelled "0m" (zero metres). I've tried the User's Guide and Help to no avail.

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It would really help to know your version of Vectorworks.

I just did a search on "scale bar" in VW2009 online help and found instructions.

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I'm using VW 2009. I just searched for "scale bar" on online help and got "no results found". I have the Design Series User's Guide open at p 357 but it doesn't gey me anywhere.

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By default, when you put in a scale bar, the units are set very small. If you look at the settings in the Object Info Palette after you enter it, you will see something like a minor length of 6mm and a major length of 25mm (I am using Feet/Inches and it is 1/4" / 1")

If you have a 1:50 scale, these need to be much bigger. For my 1:48 scale drawing, I typically use 6" as the minor length and 1' as the major length.

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Eureka! Thank you Pat - my drawing units are millimetres by default and the drawing is at 1:200, so by adding two zeros I now have a bar length big enough to see. Great.

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After you've configured the scale bar, you might make a ?red? symbol of it and incorporate that in your default template.

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Note that scale bars automatically scale to the layer or viewport. For viewports on sheet layers, place scale bars in the VP annotations. All sheet layers have imutable 1:1 scale, so placing a scale bar on a sheet layer will infer that all objects in all VPs on that sheet have 1:1 scale.

-B

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