9 Replies Latest reply on Feb 5, 2019 2:50 PM by Dwight Livingston

    linking item numbers in notes

    David Clifton

      I have seen this mentioned on here about linking a note to an item number balloon but when we do that the note then takes on the border setting and the qty setting of the balloon and it seemingly cannot be changed to remove the border and qty.

       

      Does anyone have any suggestions?  Seems like this would be a feature of solidworks.

        • Re: linking item numbers in notes
          Solid Air

          What version of solidworks, what type of bill of materials are the balloons created from and please post screen shots to better clarify your question.  My answer is dependent on this criteria.

          • Re: linking item numbers in notes
            Deepak Gupta

            For similar kind of requirements in the past, I would add a balloon and group it with the notes

            • Re: linking item numbers in notes
              Jim Sculley

              Try this:

               

              1. Add an additional balloon with the style you want
              2. Set it to have no leader
              3. Move it outside the drawing border
              4. When you want to include it in your note, select this balloon as opposed to the regular balloon.
                • Re: linking item numbers in notes
                  Glenn Schroeder

                  Jim Sculley wrote:

                   

                  Try this:

                   

                  1. Add an additional balloon with the style you want
                  2. Set it to have no leader
                  3. Move it outside the drawing border
                  4. When you want to include it in your note, select this balloon as opposed to the regular balloon.

                   

                  Jim,

                   

                  I hope you don't mind, but...

                   

                  5.  After linking them, move the extra balloon into a Layer that's turned off (if you do this you can skip #3 above).

                    • Re: linking item numbers in notes
                      Jim Sculley

                      Glenn Schroeder wrote:

                       

                      Jim Sculley wrote:

                       

                      Try this:

                       

                      1. Add an additional balloon with the style you want
                      2. Set it to have no leader
                      3. Move it outside the drawing border
                      4. When you want to include it in your note, select this balloon as opposed to the regular balloon.

                       

                      Jim,

                       

                      I hope you don't mind, but...

                       

                      5. After linking them, move the extra balloon into a Layer that's turned off (if you do this you can skip #3 above).

                      I don't use layers.  If it is outside the border it doesn't print but is still available if you need to link it somewhere else.  I have drawings with tables where multiple columns need to reference the same note, so I prefer to have it handy.

                      • Re: linking item numbers in notes
                        Solid Air

                        Glenn,

                         

                        I hope you do not mind (or take this the wrong way).

                         

                        If you are the only person using these drawings, then your method is acceptable.  We have a hundred users that many would not look for balloons on hidden layers.  I actually advise our users to take it a step further than Jim.  Put a view outside the border and create the balloons here, leaving them without a leader (and balloon) near the part they are associated with.  I also advise adding a note in this view informing other users what is for.  However, it the note is in a view that I can create a balloon in, I use the method described by Deepak.

                        • Re: linking item numbers in notes
                          Dwight Livingston

                          Glenn Schroeder wrote:

                           

                          5. After linking them, move the extra balloon into a Layer that's turned off (if you do this you can skip #3 above).

                          Glenn

                           

                          By "turned off", you mean a layer set to hidden (light bulb turned off), right?

                           

                          I find with SW2016, that when the balloon layer is hidden, the item numbers in the notes also become hidden (and won't print). Is this changed in 2018?

                           

                          I also find that when the balloon layer is set to show but not to print, the balloons don't print while the item numbers in the notes do print So that's what we may use. We may color the "HIDE" layer orange, so you can tell what won't print.

                           

                          I also see that the the item numbers in the notes do not appear when doing a Save As PDF. We print to PDF, rather than save as, so no problem for us.

                           

                          Dwight

                            • Re: linking item numbers in notes
                              Glenn Schroeder

                              Dwight Livingston wrote:

                               

                              Glenn Schroeder wrote:

                               

                              5. After linking them, move the extra balloon into a Layer that's turned off (if you do this you can skip #3 above).

                              Glenn

                               

                              By "turned off", you mean a layer set to hidden (light bulb turned off), right?

                               

                              I find with SW2016, that when the balloon layer is hidden, the item numbers in the notes also become hidden (and won't print). Is this changed in 2018?

                               

                              I also find that when the balloon layer is set to show but not to print, the balloons don't print while the item numbers in the notes do print So that's what we may use. We may color the "HIDE" layer orange, so you can tell what won't print.

                               

                              I also see that the the item numbers in the notes do not appear when doing a Save As PDF. We print to PDF, rather than save as, so no problem for us.

                               

                              Dwight

                               

                              It works the same way you described with SW2018.  Sorry about that.  I thought it would work, but didn't test it first.

                              • Re: linking item numbers in notes
                                Dwight Livingston

                                1-1886WP wrote:

                                 

                                I also find that when the balloon layer is set to show but not to print, the balloons don't print while the item numbers in the notes do print So that's what we may use.

                                 

                                 

                                Now I find that if I use a no-print layer, then line weights are screwed up in the print. Or so it seems. I am not sure I covered all the possible combinations of no-print and save vs print, etc., but I am getting no joy. I believe I am going to give up trying and continue to type item numbers manually.

                                 

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