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Organizing Dimensions- New User

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I am a new user with the 2017 student version of Vectorworks.  I went through the getting started and several other Youtube videos and my startup has been pretty fast.   I never expected to get this far so fast.  I am, however, running into an issue.  I am working on a retail space that is composed of several parts that need to be detailed individually.  I started by modeling the entire display in 3d and then made viewports of the individual components and placed them on sheet layers.  

 

I have a design layer that contains the entire modeled space in 3d.  I have a sheet layer for the viewport of the floor plan from the model, and I have sheet layers that contain viewports of the individual cabinets.  I created a top, front and side viewport drawings using three different viewports.  When I add the dimensions I get ALL the dimensions of the whole space.  I worked around this by making individual classes for each cabinets dimensions, but when I add the cabinet's dimension class, I still get all the dimensions for that cabinet and not just the ones for the view I am working on.  

 

Am I doing this wrong?  It seems there must be an easier way.

 

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Did you add your dimensions in the Design Layers? I would recommend adding the dimensions in the Annotations of the Sheet Layer Viewports instead. Double click on one of your Sheet Layer Viewports or right click on it to access the Annotations "space". It's an easy way to keep your dimensions with the correct view without many different classes.

Kevin

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I did add my dimensions in the design layer.  Your method does work much better.  Did I miss this in the tutorials?  I don't remember any of them talking about this kind of organizational issues.

 

Tim

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@tfloraditchthe only time annotation dimensioning does not work is if you are dimensioning a rotated viewport, for example where you have a difference in project north and true north. This is the only case where I have a class and design layer dedicated to dimensioning. I have tried eliminating this by splitting files where I need to show site plan (true north) sheets in a separate file to floor plans (project north), however I loose the automated elevation/section notations when doing this.

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My life got 400% better today.  I can live with the no rotation viewport problem, but thanks a bunch for letting me know.  I am sure you saved me a massive headache waiting in my future.

 

Tim 

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