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Regarding dims and associativity

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05-05-2014 12:28 PM

Something I find unusual:

 

Just as one of my final checks to a drawing, I like to make sure all dims are associative (I dim and annotate in PS).

 

To do this checking function I will "select similar" and pick a dimension style which, of course, selects all dims for that type (linear or ordinate, I use both) and in the properties panel it will show ASSOCIATIVE YES or NO depending on the dims. If I see NO in the properties panel I start searching for the "bad" dim by selecting one at a time and noticing when the props panel changes to VARIES. Then I know whicjh one is not associative and fix it.

 

HOWEVER ...I have noticed that only one extension line needs to be associated for linear dims for the dim to be considered associative. 

 

IMHO this is an "inherent feature" that causes me a bit of grief. 

 

Our customers change configurations right up to the time we start cutting steel so this is an "inherent feature" that I can do without. Imagine that the client decides to make the product we produce 6 inches longer for some arbitrary reason.  I go to MS, stretch the object 6 inches, back to PS, and I should be good to go.  I'm not.  I have to check each dim to make sure it is associative by DRE and select a dim so I can see the boxed X's (or not).

 

Is this "as designed"? If so, why?  I'm confused.  I, personally, would expect a dim to be considered not associative if it is not associated on both ends. But that's just me.

 

 

LT2012 - SP2

Win7 Pro

 

Regards,

DJ

 

Hi DJ, 

 

Starting with AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2013 the dimension will list "Associative: Partial" in the Properties palette (see attachment), if only one extension line is still associative. If an extension line origin is moved separate from changing the object, you can still use DRE to reassociate it. 

 

Thank you :smileyhappy:

Thanx for your reply, Christina.

 

I'm using AutoCAD LT 2012 so I guess I'm SOL in this case.

 

It does not list the partially associated dims as PARTIAL in properties.  Only that they are associative.

 

That being said, since I know that it is flawed I'll just have to live with it.

 

Regards,

DJ

 

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Re: Regarding dims and associativity

05-05-2014 04:49 PM in reply to: drjohn
Interesting: I've never used that method to catch whether a dimension is snapped to an object or not.
I'm not sure it was designed for that purpose either: looks like you might find full AutoCAD along with advanced programming ability more useful than LT/OOTB functionality.
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Re: Regarding dims and associativity

05-05-2014 06:08 PM in reply to: pendean

pendean wrote:
Interesting: I've never used that method to catch whether a dimension is snapped to an object or not.
I'm not sure it was designed for that purpose either

I'd bet the rent it wasn't designed for that purpose. :smileylol: but I can get a good idea about the dims with the function.

 

I guess the purpose of the post was to find out why only one extension line needs to be associative to make the dim a valid associated dim.

 

This is not a show stopper for me. Just a curiosity and maybe someone with a later version can tell me if this behavior continues thru the releases.

 

Gotta admit, though, the dim is, by definition,  not associative if both extensions aren't attached.

 

 

Regards, DJ

 

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Re: Regarding dims and associativity

05-15-2014 06:56 AM in reply to: drjohn

Hi DJ, 

 

Starting with AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2013 the dimension will list "Associative: Partial" in the Properties palette (see attachment), if only one extension line is still associative. If an extension line origin is moved separate from changing the object, you can still use DRE to reassociate it. 

 

Thank you :smileyhappy:



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Re: Regarding dims and associativity

05-15-2014 07:20 AM in reply to: christina.davis

Thanx for your reply, Christina.

 

I'm using AutoCAD LT 2012 so I guess I'm SOL in this case.

 

It does not list the partially associated dims as PARTIAL in properties.  Only that they are associative.

 

That being said, since I know that it is flawed I'll just have to live with it.

 

Regards,

DJ

 

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