[Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

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doia
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[Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby doia » Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:43 pm

Hi, is it possible to display the optional name parameter of a dimension constraint on the dimension text in the sketcher view? E.g. instead of only displaying the value of a dim constraint "100 mm", it would display "width: 100 mm", if the optional name parameter is set to "width" (if not set it would only display the value).

This would greatly help in quickly identifying what part of the sketch is influenced by a specific named dim constraint.
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby chrisb » Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:48 pm

You cannot see the names in 3D view, but you see them in the constraints list in the left panel. Searching there for a named dimension is sped up if you display only "Datums".
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby Bance » Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:00 pm

I think this might be a reasonable feature request, not sure I need it but might be useful in some workflows.
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby concifederico » Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:58 pm

doia wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:43 pm Hi, is it possible to display the optional name parameter of a dimension constraint on the dimension text in the sketcher view? E.g. instead of only displaying the value of a dim constraint "100 mm", it would display "width: 100 mm", if the optional name parameter is set to "width" (if not set it would only display the value).

This would greatly help in quickly identifying what part of the sketch is influenced by a specific named dim constraint.
Nice to see other asking what I have already imagined. Thanks!
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby garya » Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:15 pm

Note that if you select the dim in the 3D view, the corresponding constraint is selected in the task pane so you can see its name there.
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby chrisb » Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:15 am

Bance wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:00 pm I think this might be a reasonable feature request, not sure I need it but might be useful in some workflows.
+1
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby doia » Fri Jun 18, 2021 6:21 am

chrisb wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:48 pm … see them in the constraints list in the left panel. Searching there …
That "Searching there" is the reason I ask. Especially on small screens it's a lot of scrolling in the constraints list, as this list is not ordered. Would be nice to see the named parameter on first glance without interrupting the sketching workflow.

I will file a feature request in the tracker. (Would do it myself, but got stuck on compiling FC on Mac. But that's another story.)
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Re: [Sketcher] display name parameter on dimension constraint

Postby drmacro » Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:35 am

While it may be a reasonable request, I suspect it will make already crowded sketches even harder on the eyes.

Convenient methods to view/hide them will be needed (methods more comprehensive and convenient than toggle to virtual space currently available).

Maybe use of the search pane and search feature in the tree view could be useful...
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