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    I'm having problems with something that I thought was going to be very straight forward. I'm working on a large complex project and trying to find a solution for location/key plans. I have created a key plan with visibility parameters for the zones and it all works well.

    I thought it would be very handy to indicate on the key plans where the sections are taken through. I have tried various families to get:
    • a line (with ticks or arrows) whose length can be adjusted with shape handles (instead of only typing in length) as an instance parameter
    • Text or label that stays with the end of the line and stays vertical (or at least readable) as an instance parameter (but changes at both end of the line), so that each section can be quickly labelled (maybe different family types?).
    • The possibility of placing this family directly on to the sheet (to lay and rotate over the key plan as required - with the text at the correct scale).

    I can manage most of these things separately or combine two but not all three. What families template am I best using?

    I want this to be as easy for my staff as possible. What other solutions do people use? Trying to manage dozens of live key plans with all but the correct section lines hidden was given up on long ago. Any suggestions please?

    #2
    This question reminds of something we have been mentioning here in the forum: the need to create a matrix to understand what type of family can do or where it can be nested, etc. This is a situation in which, I think, there is no way to find a good solution that fully meets the 3 requirements. Let´s see:

    1) A line based detail component could meet requirement # 1, # 2, but not # 3, because it cannot be placed directly on to the sheet.
    2) A generic annotation family won´t meet req. # 1 (shape handles), but could meet # 2, and # 3.

    So, your best option is solution # 2: a generic annotation family, with a nested family with an arrow and a label, placed on both ends of a line. The length of the "section line" symbol in the project needs to be updated by changing the length parameter in the properties dialog.
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      #3
      Okay, I actually made something similar myself. See if this works for you.
      1. Line can be adjusted with handles.
      2. Text that stays readable at one end of the line.
      3. Can be placed on sheet.

      It's in 2012 format, let me know if you need 2011...
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        #4
        Originally posted by need4mospd
        1. Line can be adjusted with handles.
        2. Text that stays readable at one end of the line.
        3. Can be placed on sheet.
        Yup, it complies with the 3 requirements. Excelent tip!
        Post of the Month nomination for you.

        Related thread: Annotation symbol with grips
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          #5
          Very much like the family. Too bad it doesn't work in views (which, I know, wasn't a requirement). Flexing the grips completely freaks out the element length.
          It's just that I would rather annotate the Key Plan, and not the sheet. But that's just me, I'm really not into annotating on sheets...
          Last edited by mdradvies; June 25, 2011, 01:30 PM.
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            #6
            Well thank you very much. Not only is it useful to have a working example to pull apart, but it is also good to know that I'm not the only one that has resorted this work around!

            Sorry for the delayed response, but after a couple of weeks with no replies I had forgotten to check the thread. A few responses is good, but a working solution is fantastic.

            Thanks again.

            Mark.

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              #7
              Not working correctly on views other then Sheets

              Originally posted by need4mospd View Post
              Okay, I actually made something similar myself. See if this works for you.
              1. Line can be adjusted with handles.
              2. Text that stays readable at one end of the line.
              3. Can be placed on sheet.

              It's in 2012 format, let me know if you need 2011...
              Unfortunetly it is not working correctly on views other then Sheets. When pull by a grip extends nearly to infinity.

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