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    Dimensioning Gridlines

    I need to dimension between gridlines, outside the viewort on the sheets. ALL THE SHEETS.

    My 1st thought is to do one edge and mirror. I hope there's something more efficient than this method.

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    I like to set up a "Grid Layout" view, do all my dimensions there, then just copy and paste it onto every relevant view.

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    Just got an idea - we use a linked file called MLG - Master Levels and Grids, then we copy/monitor those grids into our project files. We use it to share with consultants too. That way our grids are controlled and it's very difficult to unintentionally alter the grids and levels.

    I was just thinking, if we had a view in the MLG file that had the grids dimensioned on it, we could just use that as a linked view and set up view templates for the plans accordingly. That way we wouldn't have to copy paste dimensions, all the views would have the same dimensions and we wouldn't have to suffer from any unintentional changes made to dimensions, etc.

    Hmmm. Kamran
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamranmirza View Post
    Just got an idea - we use a linked file called MLG - Master Levels and Grids, then we copy/monitor those grids into our project files. We use it to share with consultants too. That way our grids are controlled and it's very difficult to unintentionally alter the grids and levels.

    I was just thinking, if we had a view in the MLG file that had the grids dimensioned on it, we could just use that as a linked view and set up view templates for the plans accordingly. That way we wouldn't have to copy paste dimensions, all the views would have the same dimensions and we wouldn't have to suffer from any unintentional changes made to dimensions, etc.

    Hmmm. Kamran
    Grids are an annotation item, which don't show in linked models - only model elements do. So, you'd have to find away to show dimensions as a model element, likely a new family type...

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    This is not true. If you set your view in the MLG file up properly, then set the VG to be "By Linked View" in host model, it will work fine.

    Grids will definitely show up from a linked file and can be dimensioned. I've done it for years. For general annotations you're partially right. But if you use "by linked view" you can get everything that is from the linked file on that view.

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    Hey thetragicjoy, I may be wrong, but I think you're wrong - grids and levels show very clearly from linked models and we have to keep filtering them out of consultants' models.

    And linked views definitely show up annotations like spot levels and dimensions.

    Kamran

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamranmirza View Post

    ...if we had a view in the MLG file that had the grids dimensioned on it, we could just use that as a linked view and set up view templates for the plans accordingly. That way we wouldn't have to copy paste dimensions, all the views would have the same dimensions and we wouldn't have to suffer from any unintentional changes made to dimensions, etc.
    That's a pretty good idea. I'm going to try that soon.

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    Snap to Tom - he was faster on the draw !

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    TTJ is wrong: Annotations CAN show up from linked models. Grids show up automatically by default, because of the nature of *grids,* other annotations (aside from levels) dont show up unless you set the linked model to BLV.

    Something to think about, is youre going to get in to the "loop paradox" if you try to put the MLG model on BMV to show the grids and the dimensions: Then youre going to have to ONLY show the Linked Grids, and not your own, or youll have duplicates. Its also annoying as all get out, to not be able to adjust grid heads in your own file. But, if you hide the grids in the MLG file, the dimensions will vanish.

    Personally? I think you should dimension them on the plans that need them (in your main file), and leave it as that. Of course, i dont believe in dimensioning them on every plan either. That belief isnt software driven, either. I think its a generally bad practice.

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    Hey, it's good to be wrong sometimes. I was referring to dimensions not showing, not the grids.

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