Well putting the dims on a drawing page is thanks to Yorik's work with the Draft workbench.
It's actually been there a long time, but it was many months ago that I last tested that feature. At the time there were problems with dims that were not parallel to the XY plane. The reason was, Yorik originally designed this feature specifically for the Draft workbench, which original goal was to draw 2D orthogonal views typically on the XY plane, then export to a drawing page.
Earlier this year (last February?) he tweaked his code so that dims on different planes could be exported to a page, but at the time I tested it I had some trouble figuring it out and left the matter aside (so many things to explore in FreeCAD grabbed my attention!)
So, it's nothing new really, I just now gave it a shot again, and finally understood how to set parameters such as Linewidth Modifier, Text Modifier and Shape View Direction so the dim would show correctly on the drawing.
Since it's using a feature from a different workbench (Draft), and not a Drawing workbench feature I see this as a workaround, not sure this should be announced, but it's really useful. It would be good if we could have a radius/diameter tool too.
Since there are a few specific parameters to set, I think a tutorial in the wiki would be useful, and maybe add a link to it in the Drawing module page
. A video tutorial would be nice too.
jmaustpc wrote:Norm do you get these error messages in report view when you open your file?
Yes, I do. Yorik made a few changes on the Draft module, maybe that's the reason for these errors? It's not preventing the file from opening and being editable.