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The missing 5% functionality: MARKUP

Question asked by Alin Vargatu on Jan 17, 2020
Latest reply on Nov 10, 2020 by Alin Vargatu

Update: Vote on this Top 10 Idea:

Allow Drawing Markups to attach to Sheet, Drawing View, Component in Drawing View or an Edge


This is another post from the "Missing 5% functionality that makes users avoid this tool" novella.


Markups have been requested by users for a long time. At many companies I work with, the checkers have tons of paper in front of them and a red pen. They manually redline everything and then send the sheets back to the SW users.


There is not an inch of desk space not covered in paper on anyone's desk. 


Once I show them the new markup functionality for assemblies (SW2019) and drawings (SW2020), they get extremely excited. The checkers do not even need to learn how to use SW, they just need to learn how to use markups. Also is a good opportunity to ask and get a tablet or a touchscreen for hand-written markups.

There is one major obstacle in fully adopting markups: the fact that they cannot be anchored to a drawing entity, a drawing view or to the sheet.


1. The markups should get the same anchoring (attach) functionality that an annotation has in a drawing:

  • Attach to:
    • sheet
    • drawing view
    • component in drawing view
    • edge

2. Markups in models should have the possibility to be placed in the Notes Area. That would ensure they cannot rotate with the model (for general notes).


What other functionality are you missing?


Matthew Lorono, Bret Hekking