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I have not been able to get this to work the way I want.

I am unable to have associative dimensions work with non orthogonal dimensions.


I use the same method on constrained and it does not work.

I am unable to dimension to windows, doors then edit the dimension and have the door or window

move accordingly.


Must be something I am missing or doing incorrectly.


Very frustrating.

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Make sure you zoom in or use the Snap Loupe to ensure that both ends of the dimension are actually snapped  (small green square around the snapped to point) to objects. And make sure one of the ends snaps to part of the wall and one snaps to part of the door.


I just did it here with a non-orthogonal wall and and Unconstrained dimension. When I changed the dimension the wall shifted position, but that was because I started the dimension on the door. When I started on the wall it worked as you wanted and the door moved.

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Thank you both.


Yes, I have the settings as you show.


Let me clarify,


When I left click on wall, (I have mine setup for interior walls to snap to left and right of stud

as we dimension to framing, not drywall) and try to find center or end of door or window,

inline with stud face, it does not associate.  No matter where I left click on door or window points.


I am able to dimension walls and opening to openings just fine.

I do not have this issue with constrained linear dimensioning.


I will try again.



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You can only snap to vertices, not to a generic point on the object. So you might not be able to snap exactly in line with your start point but rather pick the center or edge of the jamb that is closest. The slight difference in the length due to the angle should not be a problem with typical construction dimensions.

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Thank you!


Will set openings by insertion point and distance.

Then dimension.  Do the math if needed before moving to desired location.


This is a needed ability in my opinion.


To me,  Unconstrained should work like Constrained.

Drawing would be easier.



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Finally, the perfect use case for Rotated Plan View.


Rotate the plan so the wall in question is horizontal or vertical. Use the Constrained Linear Dimension tool to enter your door and window dimensions on that wall. Un-Rotate the plan (did you know that simply going back to Top/Plan [Zero on the number pad] will unrotated the drawing?) and you will have non-orthogonal Constained Linear Dimensions that you can double click and change and move the doors/windows.



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That is Great!

Would never have thought that VW "sees" it that way.


Really appreciate you taking the time to look into this.



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