ARES Commander – Dimension Palette
ARES Commander has a very helpful Dimension palette.
The Dimension palette appears when you insert or select a Dimension so you can change the properties and formatting of Dimension text.
You can change the tolerance, precision, and formatting in the palette without going to theProperties palette.
The palette is beneficial for reusing format settings for other Dimensions (for example, reference dimensions, or tolerances).
If you select more than one Dimension, the properties and formatting that you specify in the palette apply to all of the Dimensions.
The palette applies to linear, angular, radial, diameter, arc length, and ordinate Dimensions.
To display the Dimension palette:
- In the graphics area, insert or select a Dimension.
- The Dimension palette tool appears to the upper right of the pointer.
- Move the pointer over the tool to display the Dimension palette.
- Click anywhere in the palette to pin it.
- The palette disappears if you move the pointer beyond the graphics area or clear the Dimension selection by another means.
Dimension Palette Overview
The Dimension palette has three areas:
- The buttons at the top let you change the properties and formatting of Dimension text and Tolerances.
- See Dimension Text and Tolerance Properties and Formatting below.
- The text boxes in the middle of the Dimension palette let you add text to the left, right, top, and bottom of the Dimension text. The Dimension text is located in the center of this area, and you can override it.
- Additional text boxes are inserted behind the Dimension text box, if you apply a tolerance type (Symmetrical, Deviation, or Limits).
- If you specify more than one Dimension, the Dimension text and Tolerances boxes may display “<varies>“.
- The buttons at the bottom let you manage favorites for the appearance and formatting of Dimension text and Tolerances for subsequent use.
- See Dimension Text Favorites Management below.
Dimension Text and Tolerance Properties and Formatting
|Tolerance Display||Specifies a tolerance format (Symmetrical, Deviation, Limits, Basic, or None). See Tolerance Formats. Selections available depend on the type of Dimension.|
|Unit Precision||Sets the precision of the Dimension value from 0 to 8 decimal places.|
|Tolerance Precision||Sets the number of decimal places for Tolerances (only available if Tolerance Display is set toSymmetrical or Deviation).|
|Add Parentheses||Puts parentheses around Dimension text. Reference dimensions are shown in parentheses.|
|Center Dimension Text||Centers the Dimension text between the extension lines. This option is similar to the EditDimensioncommand with the Home option, which undoes the move of Dimension text and returns it to its original position.|
|Offset Dimension Text||Determines the behavior of Dimension text movement: if cleared, the Dimension line location follows Dimension text movement; if selected, a leader connects the moved Dimension to the Dimension line which remains in its position.|
|Text Justification||Establishes horizontal and vertical justification of the Dimension text.|
Tolerance formats include:
- Symmetrical. Appends a plus/minus tolerance value to the Dimension measurement which indicates the positive and negative deviation in a single value.
- Deviation. Appends separate plus and minus values of deviation to the Dimension measurement.
- Limits. Displays a maximum and a minimum value, one on top of the other.
- Basic. Displays the additional Dimension measurement and deviation in a single value with a box around it.
- None. Does not generate a tolerance value.
Dimension Text Favorites Management
For repeated formatting of Dimension text, use Dimension text favorites.
You can save favorites in the drawing or in files of type *.dimfvt.
Dimension Palette Options
You can turn on and off the use of the Dimension palette and set the path for Dimension text favorite files.
To set Dimension palette options:
- Type DraftingOptions at the command prompt.
- In the Options dialog box, the User Preferences page opens and Drafting Optionsexpands.
- Expand Dimension Palette.
- Click Enable Dimension palette to turn on or off the Dimension palette.
- In Favorites library path, set the path for Dimension text favorites files (*.dimfvt files). Click Browse to browse for the Dimension text favorites file folder.
- Click OK.
For more clarity you can watch the video of dimension palette https://youtu.be/yRxHYxwFjUE
I am sure you will use this feature this effectively now. Feel free to post your experience and queries. You can download the ARES Commander edition from http://www.graebert.com/en/index.php?option=com_productselect&view=downloads
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