Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Annotating 2D Objects in Sheet Layer

Recommended Posts

I hope I am misunderstanding the Help Screen, but after generating a 3D model of a part I create the 2D renderings in a Sheet Layer and I am free to annotate them with dimension lines, etc.

The problem is, for circles, arcs, and holes the help screen states to draw a "guide" circle over the circle or arc you want to annotate, then select the dimension tool and annotate the "guide" circle.

After doing that you can delete the "guide" circle.

I find a few problems doing that:

1. Drawing a circle over another circle or hole is next to impossible because I can't locate the center point of the circle or arc!

2. Deleting the circle also deletes the dimension line attached to it.

What am I missing? Is there a simple way to do this?

Share this post

Link to post

You must work within the "Annotations" container of the Viewport.

You will not have any snaps unless you enter >VP>Annotations.

Annotating just the Sheet is a static 1:1 scale ( unless the VP is also 1:1 )...

The dimension PIO for arc, circles,etc. requires an object to Handle.

Make sure the Snap to Object is selected during creation.

You can also place Design Layer loci at the center points ,

then snap to them via the Sheet>VP>Annotations.

Share this post

Link to post

Question 1:

Use the 'Circle by 3 points' and 'Arc by 3 Points' modes. This way you don't have to find the center point of circles.

Question 2:

In File > Document Settings > Document Preferences... Dimensions you can un-check 'Associate Dimensions.' The dimensions will stay when you delete the original object.

Or, you can draw a line, arc or circle and convert it into a dimension by selecting the line style '---xx---' in the Attributes Palette's drop-down menu. (The menu where you select line weight and dash styles.) Then play with the offset value to position the dimensions as required.

Share this post

Link to post

Ultimately VW is missing an important ability to use 3d dimensions.

Share this post

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  


7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114


© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

  • Create New...