We have been playing around with methods of creating Door/Window Tags in construction drawings and been frustrated with the limitations of Layout again.
Frustration 1 being there is no equivalent to Components in LAYOUT. an often heard complaint.
Accordingly we have been testing workarounds for these tags in SU,
but then of course then you hit the limitations of notation in SU.
It seems with plugins most developers resort to 3D text but the problem there is they are not editable.
After playing around with SU text and dimensions [with of text labels floating all over the place]
The lighbulb clicked on the idea of using dimensions to create label tags.
Number of advantages
1] Editible text
2] Styles can be changed post creation
3] Visiblity can be controlled by view angle automatically [eg text in plan view, text in elevation view] - an dimension entity capability.
1] You normally cannot hide the dimension lines associated with the dimension text
To create the Window / Door Tag below [or any tag] we
1] Created a simple arc to dimension the diameter [ this is only temporary and only small] [context click to get the diameter option]
2] Using the Dimension tool - dimension it and then move the over the object to conceal the extension lines
3] Edit the dimension text with wording you want [ eg D1 ] in our sample
4] Delete the actual object dimensioned [it is redundant]
5] Create a shape to represent the tag outline [ our sample doesn’t have one]
6] Same the dimension as component.
Now you have a tag that is editable, can be used on Elevational and Plan views [ the text will autohide depending on the view angle].
We have created a component with both the plan and elvations tags in it, and we attach that to any existing door component to add tags when progressing from concept to schematic design.
I am surprised I have not seen any extensions using the inbuilt capabilities of the Text and Dimension tools in SU.
Are their capablities not accessible thru the SU API? …
PPS. I am not a big fan of di-linking dimensions and notes from the object they refer to. LAYOUT does try to keep that association but it is easily broken and as compenents are not part of the LAYOUT toolset updating hundreds of individual groups separately is not a path I want to go down…
It would be great to hear from anyone else has successfully used this or similar methods in to notate drawings in SU.