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FS#1488 - Dimension text position

Attached to Project: QCAD
Opened by -- (clive) - Thursday, 06 October 2016, 14:09 GMT+2
Task Type Feature Request
Category QCAD (main)
Status Assigned
Assigned To Andrew (andrew)
Operating System All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 3.15.5
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 2
Private No


This one is a really important one for me, as currently I am doing a lot of dimension and annotation drawings.
I would like to request an option to be added to the dimension settings for both drawing and application settings to be able to choose whether the dimension text is to the right or left side or over the top or underneath the dimension line.
This would help tremendously when a lot of dimensions are needed!



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Comment by -- (clive) - Thursday, 06 October 2016, 14:12 GMT+2

Or .... to make it really simple an option to just put the text in the middle of the line, all other cad programs that I know of would have this.

Comment by Husky (Husky) - Friday, 07 October 2016, 06:16 GMT+2

Hi Clive,

I worked at the end of the 80's with a CAD Software called PCDraft. An excellent CAD Program, much better than Autocad! Unfortunately Autocads marketing was much better and PCDraft died. Very sad!

However - in PCDraft Pro was one of the default Dimension setting which always - when possible - put the dimension text in the middle of the dimension line with a proper fitting gap for the dimension text. Beautiful! In the case that there wasn't enough space between the extension lines it was automatically moved to the right side without a gap. In the case it would not suit your idea of a proper dimension you were able to manipulate the position with the keyboard arrow keys. Arrow key to the left - dimension text to the left side. Keyboard key to the right - dimension text to the right side. Same game with above and underneath the line. You get the idea. Fascinating was that there was no extra interaction from the user necessary for "fine tuning". Open a gap - close a gap - lengthen or shorten a line - everything full automatically. And in the case that really nothing worked out with this given pattern you was still able to move manually the dimension text with the mouse ...

Did I mention that I worked in the 80's with that program .... 8-)