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Talayoe
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Alternate Dimensioning

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11-09-2011 09:42 AM

Hello,

 

I apologize if this is a duplicate post of someone elses, but I did do a search and couldnt find the info I needed.

 

I have drawn a part (or series of...) in Invetor 2012 in metric and would like to display the alternate, that being inches, as well. I went into the Style Editor and everything to do with Alternate Dimensioning is greyed out, so I am not quite sure what I am missing, something I am sure is so explicitly simple that I will quickly regret posting this I am sure.

 

If someone could tell me how to activate this feature I would greatly apprecite it.

 

Tks!

-Randy

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Styles.pngIf you want dual dimensioning by default, you will have to create a new standard in your style library, and set the object defaults so the alternate units dimension style is the default.

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john.retzlaff
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

11-09-2011 10:15 AM in reply to: Talayoe

You need to use a dimension style that has alternate units enabled.

Look for Defaut - mm [in] style (the exact name will be different depending on your drawing standard).

John Retzlaff
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Talayoe
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

11-09-2011 10:49 AM in reply to: john.retzlaff

Thank you, Jeff. It would appear that is what I am looking for.

 

Problem 2: I select said style in a pre-existing drawing (.idw) and hit done, I get the 'save this style' box, select 'yes' and nothing changes. I try to re-dimension something, no alternat dimensions. I know there would be a way, but I tried a new file all together and set the style before I did anything, still no altnerates.

 

I am guessing I missed something to lock it down as active? To which I did try 'Active Sheet' at the top (if that is needed or not) and also tried editing a new dimension after the style update and still get the greyed out boxes.

 

 

-Randy

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john.retzlaff
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

11-09-2011 11:56 AM in reply to: Talayoe

Styles.pngIf you want dual dimensioning by default, you will have to create a new standard in your style library, and set the object defaults so the alternate units dimension style is the default.

John Retzlaff
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brendeho
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Registered: ‎02-09-2012
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

07-24-2012 09:51 AM in reply to: john.retzlaff

Thought I'd chime in and complain that this styles thing is too fracking complicated. Why not just have a check box on the dimension property itself which is currently greyed out that allows stacked in and mm units to override the single dimension on a case by case basis?

 

I think it used to be like this, just a simple check box. What should have taken 10sec is now a 15-30min ordeal to set a new style correctly.

 

Not trying to be difficult, but why is this not easier to do? !! so frustrating.

 

 

 

 

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hunt
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Registered: ‎03-20-2007
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

07-24-2012 11:13 AM in reply to: Talayoe

Talayoe wrote:

Thank you, Jeff. It would appear that is what I am looking for.

 

Problem 2: I select said style in a pre-existing drawing (.idw) and hit done, I get the 'save this style' box, select 'yes' and nothing changes. I try to re-dimension something, no alternat dimensions. I know there would be a way, but I tried a new file all together and set the style before I did anything, still no altnerates.

 

I am guessing I missed something to lock it down as active? To which I did try 'Active Sheet' at the top (if that is needed or not) and also tried editing a new dimension after the style update and still get the greyed out boxes.

 

 


It sounds like you changed the default style for the sheet, but the existing dimensions are still displayed in the previous style.  Select the dimensions you wish to change, click on the Select Style drop down located in the Format tab on the Annotate ribbon.  Select the dimension style you wish to apply.

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jayce69
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Registered: ‎11-28-2009
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

01-11-2013 06:54 AM in reply to: hunt

I wish to change just one dimension to have inch and mm.  Is there a way to do that without making a dim style?

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sbixler
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Registered: ‎09-15-2003
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Re: Alternate Dimensioning

01-11-2013 05:26 PM in reply to: jayce69

jayce69 wrote:

I wish to change just one dimension to have inch and mm.  Is there a way to do that without making a dim style?


No, but it's not at all difficult to make a new dim style based on an existing one and just turn on alternate units.  After you've placed the dimension, right click on it and select New Dimension Style...  In the New Style form that appears, set what you want on the Alternate Units tab, click OK, and you're done.

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