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Annotation Shapes


Smart Title Block


In the DT Annotations stencil there is a new shape called "Smart Title Block". When the user drops the smart title block on the page they will have access to 48 fields of date, file, page, project and company information by using the Shape Data UI. With this shape the user can easily build custom title blocks that will automatically populate with whatever project information the user feels is relevant. The fields we are tracking are:


Project Number Project Name Project Address Project City Project State Project Zip Project Phone Project Fax
Project Fax Project Contact Project Title Project Email Project Contact Phone Project Scope of Work Company Name Company Address
Company Address 2 Company City Company State Company Phone Company Fax Company Email Resources Notes
Custom Field 1 Custom Field 2 Custom Field 3 Custom Field 4 Custom Field 5 Custom Field 6 Custom Field 7 Custom Field 8
Designer Project Manager Client Name Date Created

Current Date

Last Edit Date Print Date File Created By
File Name File Path File Folder File Title File Name Page Number Page Number/Count


How to Use


Drop on to the page, make sure the Shape Data UI is showing. Chose the field value you want to display on the drawing. The software will reconfigure the shape with the new data and field label.  You can add whatever custom label text you want by entering the new text in the custom field label field of the shape data UI. For example if you want the Resources field to say Designer instead of Resources just type "Designer" in the Custom Field Label area.



Shape Features


  1. Multiple date formats
  2. Auto text box sizing
  3. Manual text box sizing using the yellow control handle
  4. Automated field labeling
  5. Custom field labeling
  6. Auto font sizing based on page scale
  7. Connection points enabled for easy alignment of shapes (tip, grab close to where you want the shape to glue to the other shape)


Shape Caveats:


  1. The values that are in the shape WILL NOT update automatically. For example if you add a project manager to a job in the SIX forms after you have configured the project manager title block the new information will not update unless you change it to another field value using the Shape Data UI and then change it back. 

Universal Dimension Shape


The single Universal Dimension shape works on all sides of an object you want to measure and works with all measurement units. In addition there are now up to 0.0000 user defined levels of precision. The previous dimension shapes required a separate shape for each side of an object and did not work well at metric measurement units.


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How to use the Universal Dimension Shape


Drag on to the drawing page and attach the extents to a shape you want to measure. Explore the Shape Data UI and Right Click menu to set options. Use the control handle or the right-click Set Dimension commands to set the shape to the proper alignment. The default measurement unit settings are set to Auto (page units). This means that whatever the page is set to the shape will assume those properties. The default precision unit is set to 0.0.  Both can be easily changed. See above. 


Smart Callout Shape


In the DT Annotations stencil you will find a new shape called the Smart Callout. The Smart Callout shape is a customizable shape that reads the custom properties of any shape that it is attached to.



The Smart Callout Shape is pretty easy to use. When you first drop this on to the drawing page you get this water mark text. As soon as you hook it up to a D-Tools shape it will default to displaying the Component ID, Manufacturer and Model information that is stored in the shape. If you double click on the shape you can add custom text to the shape. To hook up just drag the yellow control handle noted below to the shape you would like to have the custom properties display.



Smart Callout Right Click Options




Configure Callout


This option allows the user to select which custom properties should be displayed on the shape and how the information will be displayed. The callout shape will display all custom properties in the shape, some of which are not used or needed for display. The default display is Component ID, Manufacturer, Model.




Show Leader Line


Show Leader Line gives the user the option to show or hide the leader line


Auto Width


The Auto width function is on by default. When it is on the text box will resize to accommodate the text. When  it is off the user can use the control handles to adjust the size of the text box manually.  




There are four text box styles illustrated below.  Box, No Outline, One Line, Two Line.  Default is Box.






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