4 Replies Latest reply on May 17, 2012 8:22 AM by Jim Sculley

    Parentheses' Font on Reference Dimensions

    Janek Popiolek

      When I apply reference dimensions during drawing I don't want them to stick out and look ugly which is what they do when dimensioning in SW.  See image, the dimension on the left uses the "Add Parentheses" button, the dimension on the right is amended manually.


      What gives SW the right to dictate the font used for the system parentheses, or is there a way to get them to agree with the document font?


      Thanks, Pop.

        • Re: Parentheses' Font on Reference Dimensions
          Jim Sculley

          I think the short answer is that it isn't a font.  It is a drawn element.  This is because you may have something like this:






          What 'font' can be used for the upper and lower dimensions?  If a dimension contains elements on multiple lines, you cannot create parentheses using a font.  So, rather than have a special case for one line dimensions, the same algorithm is used to draw them for all styles, which sometimes leads to less than optimal results.

            • Re: Parentheses' Font on Reference Dimensions
              Janek Popiolek

              If you follow standards Jim, you cannot have the dimensions you show.  Reference dimensions, auxiliary dimensions or redundant dimensions, call them what you will, are additional info to dimensions which can be found elsewhere.  You don't put tolerances on, nor are trailing zeroes put after the decimal point.


              ISO 129 says, "Auxiliary Dimensions in drawings are for information only.  They shall be given within parentheses, and shall never be toleranced." 


              It probably says as such in ANSI standards too. 


              Perhaps SW is mistaken by providing the "Add Parentheses" button.

            • Re: Parentheses' Font on Reference Dimensions
              Bjorn Hulman

              If you go into tools>options>document properties you can change the way your drawing sheet will display dimensions. (won't change format of dimensions already on the sheet). You can change the setting for basically everything on the sheet through document properties. I'd recommend getting it the way you want and then creating a document template (or multiples there-of). Works the same in part and assembly files, so set up templates for them all.