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dimension weirdness in spotlight

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Hi all

I am making some dimensions for people using the dimension tool and I am having some problems. It could be me being a bit thick but I am not sure what I am doing wrong.

I am putting dimensions on objects in a set.

As an example I have an 2440mm (8') x 1220mm (4') piece of decking on 45 deg angle to the set. Now I know the dimensions to this but I wish to mark this out. I am using the dimension tool in constrained linear mode (the 1st one!). I measure the line of 2440mm and the floating info box confirms this. As soon as I click finish, a totally different dimension appears. In this case 2440mm becomes 1725mm.

Now when i straighten the object up and re-do the dimension, the measurement is correct....!??!

I might not be using the correct dimension tool but I have tried the others and similar things happen.

I am probably being a bit thick but if any one could point out the probably very obvious mistake I am making, I would be grateful. I do not wish to send the wrong information out etc.....!

cheers

eamon

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The Constrained Linear Dimension Tool will only give the distance between two points in ONLY one X or Y direction, for instance. The Unconstrained Linear Dimension Tool gives the straightline distance between two points, which you would need for things rotated out of square.

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(Don't worry about the double post, its the forum's fault not yours. I cleaned it up.)

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Aha!

So freaking obvious.

Many thanks for that. I think I am going blind. Just realised that I am so used to hitting the shortkey N for the dimension tool and completely missed this.....

Was not thinking straight.

Sorry for the double post.

thanks again.

eamon

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