Yup- I end up doing this hundreds of times in a drawing and it is a real pain. And Yup it looks like doing the VB coding and DLL creation etc is a going to take a lot of time. Sure would be good if there was a way witin the regular interface.
I am doing some drawing. I need a leader. I have 2 choices.
Draw the leader and then take a look at it in relation to the object that is being annotated, and see too small text and too small arrowhead and its too short offset, etc etc. and, roll my eyes , then go to the properties button ( a button that is internally assigned a "macro" in the TC code)
Then have to click it, have to click thru and set all the proper values. Close the dialog, see that I forgot a setting. Redo from start. etc.
Realize that the reason it is not the right format is cause it is using the sticky format from the last used leader which was for a different view.
I can try and remember what looks good and before drawing the leader go to the properties and set everything up. Then draw the object. See that it needs tweaking. Redo properties modification.
Realize and then forget 20 min later that the leader command is sticky and therefore when I draw the next set of leader objects which need to be formatted different that they will be off and which will require me to modify things again.
I can create a macro that will work on user selected leader(s) to reformat the text size to 1", the arrow to 4", the extension to 1", etc. Then I can put in leaders wherever and in whatever format I want, not being concerned about formatting right now. Then, as I am cleaning up my project, or finished up my annotation session, select all the items I want formated alike and then run my macro on it which does not make me go to the properties dialpgs and click thut them to change anything.
I make a number of these macros. BUT I have to go thru the hassle of navigating via the macro palette to get to them, and every time I want to use a different one I have to navigate thru them all again.
After all this I then think, Dude, I need a way to put the my macros to a custom button (just like excel will allow a custom bacro to be assigned a button adn placed on a toolbar) so I can have one click command execution.
I have to use the text and arrow and leader formatting over and over and over. It is a real pain to spot a piece of leader that is formatted wrong.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2013, 12:39:03 PM by 3acorns »
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