Parent page: Draftsman Objects
The Draftsman Linear Dimension is an automated dimensioning object that can be placed between the vertices or edges of Draftsman objects, including Board Views and component objects. This allows a dimension to be placed on the side of an object, between two points on an object, or between nominated sides/vertices of two different objects.
The visual style of the dimension lines and the configuration of the dimension text data can be set in the Properties panel when a placed Linear Dimension is selected.
The Linear Dimension feature is available when a graphic object, such as a Drawing View, has been placed in a Draftsman document. Its placement is accessed from the Draftsman Editor as follows:
When the command is launched, the cursor will change to a crosshair, indicating Linear Dimension placement mode. As the cursor is hovered over objects, the object edges and vertex points will be highlighted as orange-colored lines and dots, respectively.
To dimension an object edge (side) the placement steps are:
To place a dimension between two object edges or vertices, the placement steps are:
To cancel the placement mode, press Esc or right-click in the design space.
The Linear Dimension can be graphically modified by selecting any part of its graphic representation and dragging the dimension text to a new X/Y location – its associated extension lines will adjust accordingly.
An existing reference point in a placed Linear Dimension can be moved to a new location through a drag and drop action. When moved, the reference node binds to the new vertex/edge/center and causes the Linear Dimension data (the displayed measurement) to update accordingly, as shown in this animated demonstration.
Properties page: Linear Dimension Properties
The non-graphical method of editing a Linear Dimension is available in the Draftsman Properties panel, which provides a wide range of editable properties and graphic options.
To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Linear Dimension:
If the Properties panel is already active, click on the Linear Dimension object to access its properties in the panel.
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects can be modified.