TXTEDT - Dimensions
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Architectural Production Software 2005

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EDITING DIMENSIONS

This portion of the TXTEDT command edits dimensions. You have a choice with this command which method of editing the text you would like to use. You may use the Software editor or the Mtext editor, each has its advantages. If you use the APS editor you may edit more than one dimension at a time but if you use the Mtext editor you may make the dimension text multi-lined from within a multi-lined editor and edit many of the properties of the text as well. 

User configurable options: 

Known limitations:

Alternate uses:

  • None reported. If you have an alternate use for this command submit it here.

 

SAMPLE (Dimension editing) COMMAND SYNTAX:

Command:
Command: TE
Command: TXTEDT

Select attributes, text, mtext, dimensions, hatching, attdefs, APS architectural symbols, doors (in plan), or windows (in plan):

Select attributes, text, mtext, dimensions, hatching, attdefs, APS architectural symbols, doors (in plan), or windows (in plan):

[APS dimension editor]

Select one or more dimensions and press <Enter> or <Space> and the following dialog appears:

The "<>" value (a less-than symbol followed by a greater-than symbol) that you see above is the default value that a dimension uses. What this means is that the primary units distance value (the normal distance value) will be substituted for this value. For example if the dimension distance was 5'-0" you could make the text "<> CLEAR" and the dimension would read 5'-0" CLEAR and if the dimension was stretched 2" the dimension text would change to 5'-2" CLEAR. The "<>" maintains the associative property of the dimension and can be placed anywhere in your string of text. If you press the "Default" button the dimension line will be changed to "<>" as shown above. There are some other special symbols that you should be aware of. They are:

Symbol Description
<> Primary units dimension value. (the normal distance value)
[] Alternate units dimension value. (probably won't use this one very often)
\X Forces the text following this symbol below the dimension line.
\P A paragraph break. This is the equivalent to a carriage return and will send the text following it to the next line down.

You may use these symbols to help you edit the dimension text to exactly what you need it to be while still maintaining the associativity of the dimensions. In other words you can add text to the dimension and the distance value will still change when you stretch the dimension.

If we had selected more than one dimension and if the dimensions had different values in them (not just different distances) the value shown in the box would be *Varies*. Change this value and all the dimensions selected will have their text values changed to the new value. Dimensions by default have the "<>" symbol in them and even though they have different distance values their dimension text value is the same.

Example: Let's say we have two dimensions that have different distance values, the first is 10'-0" and the second is 12'-6". Since both of these dimensions use their default value they both have the text value of "<>". We can edit this value so that it reads "FINISH DIM <> CLEAR" and then the dimensions would read "FINISH DIM 10'-0" CLEAR" and "FINISH DIM 12'-6" CLEAR" respectively. The beauty of changing the text in this manner is that the associativity of the dimensions remains intact, meaning that if either of these dimensions were stretched the distance text value would change with the change in distance.

When done editing the text for the dimension press and the dialog will close.

--the dimension text will change--

[end - APS dimension editor]

 

[Mtext dimension editor]

Select one dimension and press <Enter> or <Space> and the following dialog appears:

As with the APS dialog above the default value for a dimension is "<>". What this means is that the primary units distance value (the normal distance value) will be substituted for this symbol. You may add text as needed, make the text multi-lined, format the text by changing the size, style, etc. all from within this dialog. For more on editing dimensions by using this editor see AutoCAD's help under "MTEXT Command / Multiline text editor", in R14 see "MTEXT / Editing" and in R13 see "Edit Mtext dialog box"

Note: The above dialog is from release 2002 AutoCAD. The Mtext editor varies by version so your editor may look different than the one above.

When done editing the text for the dimension press and the dialog will close.

--the dimension text will change--

[end - Mtext dimension editor]

 

Solutions to common questions and problems with this command

 

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