I’m figuring out workflows for extracting height leaders from sketchup drawings. I just need the height value from a vertex but that’s impossible to get automatically from auto text leaders.
So I was thinking on adapting my standard workflow to a dimension leader that would graphically emulate what I do.
I couldn’t but I’ll show my results in the hope you might adapt them:
- I usually establish a set of dimensions that go from level 0 into the several levels of my projects
- Then I place 2 elements in each level, at the right spot in the drawing, a triangle pointing down and a text (I used to group them but editing the text was harder)
- I then manually change text for every one of this sets so I create my standard height leaders.
- I use the dimensions values for heights
(I used to do this workflow in cad too, but cad isn’t 3D but a CAD elevation isn’t aware of it’s space coordinates… a sketchup model is so something should adress this issue properly.)
You can understand this process better with the image below:
As my projects grow in complexity I get tired of this, my mind and body aren’t being creative, they’re just diving into mindless repetition of actions… I remember my CAD days without the advantages of fast drafting.
So I was trying to figure out other ways of doing it, and I thought of simply using dimensions to take a lot of the process out of the loop, and I created a dimension style. Take a look at the gif:
Unfortunatelly I couldn’t match my own style, so I’m considering alternative optionsm but it can still be of use to someone.
My request is:
- To be able to have more styles on arrows so I can acomplish this;
- Or allow an option for dimensions to have the arrows pointing from the outside to the inside, on small and big dimensions.
- Allow for the text to be auto placed outside/inside of the end or start arrow. (this would also help with standard dimensioning as I often do this on the end dims of chained dimensions.)