I may be missing something but is there a way to place balloons (for example on dimensions) in a way that they start with "1" and index by 1 each new balloon placed? so that you can place the first one and subsequent balloons #2,#3 etc will show up?
To my knowledge you are not missing anything and this is not possible. You have to edit each individual balloon when you choose text properties in a balloon. I wish there was a way to do this so I am hoping I am wrong but I have never found a way.
thanks for reply-
In that case i hope we are both wrong. sure would come in handy
I've been wanting that since I started using SW back in '09.
Even searched for macro's to do just that but to no avail.
So if I may, I'll join you both in hoping that someone has a suggestion.
Auto Balloon creates balloons in order, and can even reorder balloons that are already placed. Have you had a chance to try out that tool?
hmmm...I did look at it, couldn't figure out how to make it count up. maybe i am missing something in one of the pull downs.
Thank you for the suggestion but, at least for me, in most cases that would not be a solution.
Reason being that one has to start with applying auto balloon function. I have no need to auto balloon all and sundry and then having to delete all the instances that I don't need just so that perhaps with some additional fiddling I might just get some balloons numbered in the sequence that I want.
By that time I could have just as well just manually added the balloons with the appropriate numbers, even if there are a hundred.
Either way it would be mind numbing tedious.
When a BOM is assoicated with a drawing view, Auto Balloon (and ballooning in general) in order is fairly easy to control. Auto Balloon will allow you to resequence your balloon order without adding or redoing your balloon placement. Of course, Auto Balloon also does allow you to reset your balloon scheme too, but that's your choice. Are you using balloons on assembly drawings without a BOM on the drawing?
We do use a BOM.
To give you an idea what we would like to do, see inserted images. The first shows you that the rectangles are numbered (1 to 9) , the second shows you what will happen if we use auto balloon.
Now this is a very small example. Most of the times we'll have anywhere from 60 to over 200 rectangles that need to be numbered.
So unless we drastically change our MO and devise and test elaborate work arounds for the moment we seem to be doomed to manually put in sequential numbers by hand.
If you, or anyone else, has a suggestion then I'm all ears.
The best suggestion I would have, and what I do, is to place the balloons on the components, then drag the rows of the BOM up or down to get the balloons numbered the way I want. I'm sure you've already thought of that.
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