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Drawing Balloons/Leaders use Workpoints

Status: Future Consideration
by Active Contributor Chris_Rogers on ‎10-24-2012 10:36 AM

While using Intent for drawing creation, it would be very useful to be able to use a workpoint as an entity to attach a balloon/leader to.

By: Board Manager | Posted ‎11-02-2012 03:04 PM

Can you do this in Inventor, interactively?  I don't think so, but maybe I'm wrong.


I think in Intent you can get the sheet-position of a workpoint, and use that in a leader.


Balloons are intended to "go to" some visible thing in the drawing.  In the case of balloons, that's how it tracks down the corresponding part.  


By: Board Manager | Posted ‎11-02-2012 03:27 PM
Status changed to: Comments Requested
By: Active Contributor Chris_Rogers | Posted ‎11-05-2012 07:22 AM

No, I do not believe that you can do this in Inventor currently.


You are correct that you can get the sheet position of a workpoint for only a leader but that is a big hassle since you will need to get the workpoint location, sheet coordinates, and then view coordinates for each.


Yes, I agree that balloons are supposed to "go to" something.  

There are two ways to handle this:  

  • Use named workpoints that are saved in the .ipt's.
  • When creating a balloon, if you are using a workpoint entity, require a part file for reference.

Also, please see this link for another good argument:

By: Active Contributor Chris_Rogers | Posted ‎11-14-2012 07:31 AM

Any update or further questions on this Jon?

By: Board Manager | Posted ‎11-16-2012 02:09 PM

Added as an "idea" for Inventor here:


In the absence of that, I think ETO is limited to the "nearest drawing curve" suggestion in the other "idea".  

By: Board Manager | Posted ‎11-16-2012 02:09 PM
Status changed to: Future Consideration
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