Len, I think I mis-read your question and answered too quickly to your last question. "Partnumber (BOM)" in the balloon text pull-down is the same thing as the $PARTNUMBER property, but it shouldn't be confused with a custom property named "Partnumber". Think of $PARTNUMBER as a standard property - not a custom property.
I understand that $PARTNUMBER is a standard property but if it is assign a value in the Design Table (excel spreadsheet) then it should display proper in the ballon using "PartNumber (BOM)". You should not have to use the configuration property manager.
Brad Reinagle wrote:
Multiple leaders/arrows to one single note.
Click on the blue box at the end of the leader, hold down Ctrl and drag to the desired location to place a second leader.
Relating/attaching notes to a balloon.
While in the note text box, click on the balloon to place it in the note. If you mean going the other way, then I can't help.
Make it easier to reference a dimension in a note.
While in the note text box, click on the dimension to place it in the note.
Does this answer your questions, or did I misunderstand?
The multiple leader and referencing a dimension in a note things help.
But, yes, I would like to see us be able to relate a note to a balloon, not a balloon in a note.
And one other thing that would be great;
Dimensioning to points of intersection.
Select the two lines that will intersect and then click "Point". You will get witness lines to the point of intersection. You can dimension to this point.
Yes, Len, that is corrrect.
FYI, currently "Part Number (BOM)" does not work using a design table. It is giving me either the filename or title back instead.
I will investigate further.
Okay, it sounds like you need to edit the configuration properties like I described earlier. Change the pull-down from filename to user-defined, then type your part number into the text box. I'm not sure what you mean by title. Is that the name of the configuration as shown in the configuration manager? You only have three options in that pull-down (filename, configuration name, or user-defined).
You can group balloons and notes and dimensions together by preselecting and RMB click and Group. If you wish to add the value of a note withing a balloon, that is a new request, and I'd be interested in an example of how you would use this.
I know you addressed the question to Brad, but I'd like to answer also please.
I really like the function that lets a balloon call out the BOM name/number ($PARTNUMBER), and I use it often, but when using it I frequently want to add other information to the notation. I know that I can add the other information in a note and group it with the balloon, but that's somewhat clumsy, and especially doesn't work well if I want to copy and paste the notations to another drawing view. When I do that the pasted group always comes in with the notations stacked on top of each other, so that I have to first un-group them, then arrange them like I want, and then group them again. This seems much more tedious than it needs to be.
While the ability to drag a note into a balloon would probably be an improvement, I believe that the ideal solution would be to allow notes to reference the BOM name as a custom property, just like balloons do now.
While I'm grateful that we have this new functionality in balloons, for me it would have worked so much better to have had it available in notes.
Maybe not exactly an Annotation but I think it still applies.....
The TABLE function in SW Drawing REALLY needs some work. Everyone is familiar with MS Excel (or even the table function in MS Word) so it would be nice if the SW tables worked the same way. Example....once I create a table (General Table, for instance), if I need to add a row, I have to right-click, insert, add row below. Why can't I just hit TAB again for it to create another row to the bottom? Also, when I hit ENTER to go to the next line, I want it to go to have the "intelligence" to go to where I started typing in the previous row (like MS Word tables), not to the cell below where I was just typing.
Also, and maybe this only applies to SW 2013, the row height keeps shrinking to fit the text. I have to manually go in and set the height after my table is done. If i add another row, I have to set it again. I didn't have this problem with SW 2012.
I am using SW2012 with SP5.
To expand on Glenn's comments regarding grouping...
Here is a similar discussion: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/354434#354434
If you want the balloon / note grouping to occur multiple times you must create the first instance and then copy and paste. As Glenn described, the pasted instances do not keep the same grouping relative orientation. So each one must be edited. If you have a view with 10, 20, 100 balloon groups... Lots of manual editing.
A second limiting issue is with balloons using the split style. The only option is for Circular Split Line. If one of your balloon texts has any length (part number, description, material, etc) the circle diameter auto-sizes to match and you get giant balloons. Perhaps you could break out the "split" functionality from the style drop down so that each style could utilize the split capability.
Here is a discussion on this topic: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/344558#344558
Regarding the un-grouping, then re-arranging, then re-grouping thing...
While the items are all grouped, simply alt-drag the individual items. No un-grouping required.
I have tried this, it only works in certain situations.
I need to clarify if I use "Part Number (BOM)" for the ballon it returned P/N dash & part description of part which would the only it could do this if it was either using the name of the part file or the title name under menu File->Properties.
Now if I right click in the part the configuration & select properties, under "Bill of Materials Options" is already selected "User Specified name" & P/N is showing up the textbox above which is due to P/N already entered in the design table. So there is must be sort of bug or something else I am missing that this is not working for the balloon in the drawing.