I've created a dimension style named "Temporary" that is Annotative and set it as my current dimension style. I set my annotation scale to 1/4"=1'-0", created a linear power dimension, and placed it below the object in Model space. When I look at the Properties of the newly created dimension it shows:
Dim Style = Temporary$0
Annotative = No
I changed the annotation scale to 1/2"=1'-0" and power dimensioned the same object but placed the dimension above the object in Model space. The new dimension does not look any different than the first one created (size-wise), however, the snapped distance away from the object was closer than the first (as expected). When I looked at the Properties of the new dimension it showed:
Dim Style = Temporary$0
Annotative = No
I went to Layout1 (Paper space) and created two viewports. One was set to an Annotation scale and Standard scale of 1/2"=1'-0" and the other was set with an Annotation scale and Standard scale of 1/4"=1'-0". Both viewports showed the dimensions. I went back into Model space and manually changed both dimensions to be Dim Style = Temporary (which automatically reverted both to show Annotative = Yes and both defaulted to the 1/2"-1'-0" Annotative scale). I set the lower dimension to ONLY have the 1/4"-1'-0" annotation scale, however, it did not change in size (as I would have expected). In Paper space, the appropriate annotatively scaled dimension is shown in each viewport (as expected), however, the annotative properties (i.e. 1/8" text height) was not maintained for the 1/4"-1'-0" dimension.
I'm sure that I am not doing something that I should be doing with annotative dimensions and power dimensions, however, I have not figured out what I should be doing and have not found any information on the matter, yet. How do I use annotative dimensioning styles (which includes the visibility control in viewports) with power dimensions? What process should I be using to set them up?
The clue that something is wrong is when you listed the dimstyle and got temporary$0 instead of temporary. Audit and purge your drawing and try with another dimstyle name.
And no, you don't need the text style to be annotative for it to work in dims. I just tried it and it worked fine with a non-associative text style (r2011).
Save your typing by just posting the drawing, perhaps? And what the heck is a power dimension?
Power Dimension is a Mechanical Desktop dimension. Which may be the problem seeing they used a different style and settings than Standard AutoCAD dimensiions style.
I had experienced this in another drawing and started with a fresh file (acad default dwt) to test the results. The results were the same which is why I came to the forums to try to find a solution.
I do not believe it is a drawing specific issue so I did not post a drawing.
A power dimension is as follows:
The AMPOWERDIM command prompts you to select two points to create a linear dimension. The dimension line appears in the drawing area and the program prompts you to specify the dimension location. As you move the dimension line, depending on the direction of drag, the dimension line snaps to become a horizontal, vertical, or aligned dimension.
(Source: AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 Help)
All dimensioning tools in the Home and Annotate ribbons utilize some option of AMPOWERDIM. Without creating a separate toolbar to use regular dimension commands (i.e. dimlinear or dim1, horizontal), can I control the power dimensions via annotation scales? Will I have to revert to creating dimension styles for each dimension scale needed (considering I dimension in model space and not in paper space)?
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