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13th Feb 2008, 11:29 pm
I am running AutoCAD '04 and working with architectural drawings with lots of layers. I have dimensioned in model space and find that when the layout is plotted, the text is too small. I have tried to use the dimension update in both model and paper space, however the text remains the same while my dimension marks scale up. I know there is bound to be something besides going back and erasing/changing several hundred dimensions to get the text size to change. Help!
13th Feb 2008, 11:31 pm
Can't help you with what has already been done, but you might find this interesting in the future:
13th Feb 2008, 11:40 pm
Thanks, I found that article just after I had posted. The company where I worked never used layout plots as most of them were still running R14 and simply plugged a "block" border into model space and plotted. I am on my own now and trying the learn new/proper techniques and procedures for the future; I luckily found this site for answers, thank you. I have set up my layouts fine with the exception of the text sizes. Guess I'll go back and re-dimension in layout space. Dang!
13th Feb 2008, 11:44 pm
did you check your dimstyle scale factor?
13th Feb 2008, 11:54 pm
I have the overall scale factor set to 1.0, however everything I dimension should have 4-1/2" text and it is always 2", even new text. Do I have something locked that is preventing changes?
13th Feb 2008, 11:56 pm
In the "text" column, what is your text height set at?
13th Feb 2008, 11:59 pm
It is set for 4-1/2", but when I have change the dimension marks to something different, they will change but not the text height.
13th Feb 2008, 11:59 pm
If the Text Style used in your dimensions is not set to height `0' then the text style height will overide the dimension style text height..
Hope this helps..:)
also from the acad help file..
Sets the height of the current dimension text style. If a fixed text height is set in the Text Style (that is, the text style height is greater than 0), that height overrides the text height set here. If you want to use the height set on the Text tab, make sure the text height in the Text Style is set to 0. This value is stored in theDIMTXT system variable.
14th Feb 2008, 12:02 am
That was my next question Port....
14th Feb 2008, 12:28 am
I really appreciate the learned assistance, thanks. I do have Text Style set to 0'0" so that I can use different heights in my text. I finally pulled up a dim style from another drawing and made it current; immediately the text increased and followed the new dim style. I don't know what the difference is because when I go back to my regular style with 4-1/2" text, it produces 2" text again. Perhaps a glitch in the dimstyle? I am just sticking and updating with the new style. Thanks for the help and I will probably look into dimensioning in layout space after this.
15th Feb 2008, 07:09 pm
Would it help to Dimension / Override / ClearOverides and then highlight the entire drawing? It should be able to force the dimension sizes and formats to what you want it to be ..
17th Feb 2008, 07:20 pm
NaeKid, I basically did just that. I could change the text to a completely new style with no problem, but it would not update when I made a change to the current style. So I just created a copy of the current with the text sizes, selected all the dims and updated. Worked fine. Thanks for assisting.
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