I am Trying to update an element on a title block, but when edited the element above dissapears and looses its link to the relevant property.
The Link I can re-establish, but the text does not show when I go back to edit the sheet or to print.
I agree with Deepak... I bet it has to do with a property in Custom Properties of the drawing, because your using $PRP. That is a link to the Drawing sheet Custom Properties which is means its not pulling that info from the part or an assembly.
I know you said its not perfect, but my concern is that your title block was an actual block that you had to explode?
Can you post some pictures or screen shots showing the problem area?
Meantime, welcome to the forum
You can RMB the item and select "Edit Text in Window". If the link is still there, it will show up there. I have seen it disappear when you go back to "Edit Sheet" (which is intended), or maybe you have on it a layer?
Here is an example of "edit in a text window"
Make sure you have the custom property value filled (in case it is linked to drawing properties) or have a view of part/assembly having the property you have linked in order to display the text when you're done with editing the sheet format.
<<I have been trying to find the one that was doing it earlier today and the other from a couple days ago, but it seems that sod's law is at work so it may be a little while till I get some photos.>>
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Here is the story, using a sheet that isn't perfect for the example;
text in the 'finish' box is too large so I go in to edit, have to 'explode block' to be able to move the text to an advantageous position
I am left with a line when all the links seem to be broken.
I manage to re-link the box to the status from properties;
It does actually turn up. but then when I go to edit the sheet again, its gone...
Any Ideas? this is happening to all mine but Colleagues cant work it out.
The Custom properties is all filled in, as this is the first thing i do. these details are rather vital on the shopfloor.
so in that regard I am not sure if something is set up wrong or not.
I take it from that quaestion that title blocks should not be an actual Block?
on a slight tangent, is it normal for text to reformat its self while doing htis sort of edit?
So is the property supposed to be pulled from the part\assembly or is it a Drawing specific property?
I guess if you want a block you can have it a block, but I don't see a reason for doing that. Seems like more trouble to me.
Here is a link to a our template... I removed all the pertinent info. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69277713/Example.zip - Let me know if you are unable to download it.
Text should not reformat itself when edited.... if you mean like in size, font spacing, etc...
The properties being pulled in are specific to the drawing, they are top level assemblies with the parts being shared across a number of assemblies.
I could download the files but I am still running 2013 at the moment so they won't open :/
I am trying my hand at re-formatting without the blocks to see if that will repair the problem.
it certainly seems to be helping.
But I will have to continue on that experiment tomorrow.
But if the property you describe above is using a Drawing specific property, it won't matter what is in the drawing. So that means you need to make it watch the Custom properties when you make changes, because the problem has to be there... However if you have some sort of PDM or EPDM system in place, its possible the property is getting over written from the PLM system.
Sounds like there is a 3rd party at work here.
As for the template this is what I was trying to show you:
Could you help me also please?
I am having troubles with a couple of items in my title block too.
They all have links, but only two of them are not working properly
("Description" and "Current Sheet")
I can't edit these two items to the correct position and font and then save in the block.
These two items automatically flip-flop with each other and the "description" item disappears.
Where do I find the "custom property" to see about fixing anything?
I think it's because I copied the linked items from a different sheet format
which I replaced with a new sheet format,
but all the other items work fine and were copied the same way.
Here is what the block looks like in "Edit Block" :
but here is what it looks like after "Save Block" :
Here is what I would like it to look like :
Looks like these values are typed and not linked properly to model property OR may be that doesn't work with block.
Can you add a new annotation text and link them to respective model/drawing properties.
but the text fills in automatically from the link when I view it in Edit Block.
it just doesn't appear correctly when I exit Edit Block
and go back to the regular sheet view.
I just can't figure out what the problem is.
okay, I just found "custom property" now, it's "Link to Property" icon under "Text Format" tab in "Note" editing.
Link to Property icon : in the Note Property Manager.
and when I select "Link to Property", the following window pops up :
the settings appear to be correct.
I don't know what to edit to make this work properly.
I have opened the .slddrw and converted all sheets (via your great macro)
to a new different sheet format size (to letter size portrait) and new block which I have saved,
so some of the property links are not used because they are in the old sheet format block.
What do I need to do to get this all setup correctly?
I would like the block to look like this:
with the RESOURCE and DRAWING TITLE as editable fields in the block,
that can be edited once and be the same on all sheets in the .slddrw
but when I save this block, it looks like this:
If you have it linked to the model then nothing will show up in the drawing title block until a model is in there. That's a normal look.
Here is my title block prior to adding a model.
Here is my title block when I add a model to the drawing:
I use the model to input my drawing data, so I don't have to repeat everything over and over again.
it is linked to the "Current document"
and I have a model on the sheet.
Sheet 1 of 999 should not be part of the model, that should be part of the drawing properties
Here is my callout:
$PRP:"SW-Current Sheet(Current Sheet)"\$PRP:"SW-Total Sheets(Total Sheets)"
Drawing title, I would be checking the model.
I never use the Title block table myself.
okay, THANK YOU Scott!!!
Now I see that the "Description" and "Current Sheet"
are actually items included in the Sheet Format,
NOT in the Title Block.
I removed those two items from the Title Block now.
I copied and pasted those two items into Edit Sheet
and not into Edit Block,
then Save Sheet Format under File
and boom! it's all working good now.
when the items are included in Edit Block you can't make them editable text Notes when working in a sheet,
but if the items are included in Edit Sheet you can right click on a Sheet and select Edit Title Block,
to open Title Block Table and then you can select Notes that will become editable text boxes.
No Problem glad you worked it out.
If its linked to model you have to change it in the model. If its in the drawing you change it in the drawing.
If you don't like what its in the drawing, then you can overwrite it by removing the link. Some times if that happens to me, I RMB the Annotation and select "Edit Text in Window", then I add what I want and remove the $PRP data. The link is permanently broken when you do that.
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