Maavhamt wrote:I am struggling to get diameters to look tidy. In Draft WB using the Dimension tool and Alt I can get a diameter of a circle, then in the Property box I can edit the attributes and move the dim line out from the circle so it looks tidy (please see Diameter 1). But then if go back into the Property box and change anything it goes skewed (Diameter 2). I don’t even know if I went back into the box, it may have done that itself. The only way I can find to correct it is to delete the dimension and start again. Keeping saving it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
You could add extension lines manually for now if default length isn't appropriate in some situations and add dimension between the lines ends. That enables you to draft just about any dimension. Or to add dimension first and position it on the correct location and after draft everything else like you see it fit. It might sound like a lot of hassle to do but using workbench like Draft WB and combination of all snap modes, modification tools, setting working plane, using modifier keys and X,Y,Z keys to constraint movement... will give you good 3D orientation perception on the long run. And if you master this it will enable you to get fast work flow in drafting. You could probably avoid using Inkscape and could only focus on FreeCAD.
Are these things features of FreeCAD or is there a way round it? Is it possible to change the sense of the numbers so they are not upside down?
Yes actually there is but at creation time. When in diameter mode add few dimension and you will notice it depends of the rotation where the text will be made. Or when dimensioning a line try to snap to first end point and second end point and after do the same for the second dimension but snap to second end point first.
Also, with radii, when I try to move the number using the Property box, View tab, Text Position XYZ coordinates to make it look a bit tidier it disappears completely and I can only get the text back by resetting the XYZ back to 0,0,0.
The reason that happens is it uses global coordinates not relative coordinates. Therefore Yorik or somebody else could tell us if there is a way to input relative coordinates.
P.S. If not probably that is something that could be made into a feature request. Done: issue #0002190