Has anyone been able to change the colour of dimension text so it is different to the dimension line colour?
The answer is NO. BTW why you need that?
Was looking to save time.
Client requires dim text to be specific colour and dim lines to be a different one. I will have to export it to 2D editor and do it there.
Concerning layers and colours SW drawings have still not really out grown the 80's.
There are lots of SW users that don't use colours at all when it comes down to drawings, let alone multiple colours.
Result is that one can make very pretty pictures in 3D but when it comes to 2D drawings one really has to struggle to make them look better then the average assembly drawing for a flat pack item bought at Ikea.
No offense, but I'd be inclined to say clients like James' haven't outgrown legacy standards applied during the heyday of 2D software. The reason many of us don't use colors in drawings is that it's a pointless hassle and a waste of time.
By definition most engineering drawings are technical documents meant to convey technical information. They're mostly printed in B&W, and are greatly abused as they travel through the shop. Multi-colored dimensions in this context add no value to the document. Any time spent changing layers just to make the drawing pretty is pure waste.
No offense meant nor taken
It isn't about making them "pretty" but about making them understandable at a glance to anyone that comes into contact with them. Even if it's in bad light, while trying to read them while it's raining cats and dogs standing 18 feet above ground level and dealing with wind gusts.
So no matter if it's for the shop or on site or a (bio-)engineer or a manager or a client or a sub contractor whom doesn't have the background to understand the main intend of the drawing but still has to be able to get some information of it that applies to him, it just makes it easier for all involved. Afterall, there's only so much one can do with different line styles.
That's not keeping into account having to make drawings to the spec's of the client. This means that not only you don't get to choose colours or not but you even have to use their layers names, etc.
If you have the luxury to make drawings which are meant solely for people skilled in reading them ,in if not ideal at least decent conditions, and can make them whatever way you want then I can understand your reluctance for coloured layers.
Don't forget that using multiple layers only becomes time consumming if the program works against you instead of with you but it does mean that if you're using the 'wrong' layer that it is very noticeable unlike when you only use all black.
Peter I agree, Many large companies (this case BAE) require all their drawings in a standard format from their suppiers to allow for efficient archiving printing plotting etc.
They are handling tens of thousands of drawings and dont want to have to config each drg for line width etc. Yes its a pain but necessary.
Depending on how many dimensions you have, here's an option...
1. Create the dimension, using a layer, of a certain color.
2. Remove the <DIM> text from the edit dimension text box. This will leave just the dimension lines
3. Add the dimension text, as a note, on a layer of a different color and place it between the dimension lines.
I thought of that too, but if he's using SW2010 that note combining enhancement will drive him nuts. I'm pretty sure it will put the notation into the dimension and make it the same layer as the dimension.
Considered that but as you say depends on No of dims. I will have about 50 detail drawings to do so probably quicker to change dim text colour in 2D editor.
I have requested it as an enhancement in the next release. Here's Hoping!
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