4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 15, 2015 4:30 PM by Eric Kollenberg

    Add Relations options not available under Line Properties

    Eric Kollenberg

      This is kind of weird -- Solidworks seems to be behaving differently since I upgraded to SW2015.  Is it a bug?  A feature?  Or did one of my settings just get messed up?

       

      Suppose I select the Line tool and draw a line.  Under Line Properties, I get three "Add Relations" buttons: Horizontal, Vertical, and Fixed.  So far, so good -- this is the same as it's always been.

       

      But now, if I immediately draw another line, only one "Add Relations" button appears: Fixed.  This is new.  I used to be able to draw lines one after the other, and after each one, click on Horizontal or Vertical, and I got really used to defining geometry quickly this way (for instance, drawing a line from a midpoint of something to the midpoint of something else, and then making that line vertical to line everything up).

       

      It turns out that if I click the green checkmark after each line, then the next line I draw has all three relations available.  But that's an extra mouse click for each line, and if I forget just once, then every line I draw after that has only the Fixed relation.  Then I have to get out of Line and start it again to draw more lines, or just draw all my lines, get out of Line, and then select them to add the relations.  Doable, but cumbersome, and not what I'm used to.

       

      So, just to be clear, I'm not looking for an alternate method, I'm asking if there's a way that I can return Solidworks to its previous behavior, which is that whenever I draw a line, all the possible relations show up as pushbuttons under "Add Relations."

       

      Thanks,
      Eric

        • Re: Add Relations options not available under Line Properties
          Glenn Schroeder

          I just checked and I'm seeing the same thing.  I usually let lines snap to vertical or horizontal as I'm sketching so I hadn't noticed.  I know you said you weren't interested in alternative methods, but do you mind me asking why you don't just let the lines snap to the desired relation?

            • Re: Add Relations options not available under Line Properties
              Eric Kollenberg

              I don't mind your asking!  I use horizontal and vertical construction lines a lot to force things to line up or center with each other the way I want (I also like the fact that when editing, you can immediately see that the elements are lined up by looking at the line between them).  Snapping is fine when you can draw the line horizontal or vertical in the first place, but unless I'm missing something I can't use it to quickly line other sketch elements after the fact.

               

              So, for example, if I want two holes, one above the other, near the vertical edge of a part, and centered vertically, I can slap down the two points in hole wizard, draw a line between them, hit vertical, draw a line from the midpoint of that line to the midpoint of the edge, and hit horizontal.  Really fast, and I don't have to be precise with my cursor when sketching.  Then all I have to do is slap dimensions on the two lines and it's fully defined, easy to understand, and easy to edit.

               

              There may better ways to do that, and I'm not opposed to learning them, but it's always worked really well for me... until I upgraded to SW2015 and suddenly there are extra steps required...

               

              Thanks,
              Eric

                • Re: Add Relations options not available under Line Properties
                  Glenn Schroeder

                  Eric Kollenberg wrote:

                   

                   

                  There may better ways to do that, and I'm not opposed to learning them, but it's always worked really well for me... until I upgraded to SW2015 and suddenly there are extra steps required...

                   

                   

                   

                  For the example you gave, you could place the lines first, then exit the Line command.  Left-click on a line and release.  You should get the context toolbar in the screenshot below.  You can set the line vertical or horizontal right there without the need to go to the PropertyManager.

                   

                   

                  If you don't get that, then right-click at the top of your monitor to show the list of Toolbars and choose Customize... near the bottom.  Check the box shown below.