DraftSight: Center your Dimensions

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As a person with an interest in architectural drawing, I understand the necessity of creating clear and accurate structures, while still maintaining the vision of the designer. In today’s post I’ll be highlighting a few of DraftSight’s features that I’ve found to contribute to making CAD drawing a smoother and more convenient experience.

First up is the Split Dimensions icon, located under the Annotate tab in the Dimensions section of the ribbon. This feature creates gaps in Dimensions that cross over other entities in your drawings, increasing clarity and decluttering your lines. It’s activated by just selecting the icon and specifying your Dimension of choice!

Next up is the Centerline feature, which is located under the Home tab in the Annotations section of the ribbon. It does exactly what its name suggests – It locates and labels the centerline of two parallel entities in your drawing, adding instantaneous detail that would be tedious and time consuming to achieve by hand. Simply select the icon, specify the boundaries of your centerline, and voila!

Side note: if your centerline is too long or short, just select its endpoints and drag them to your liking.

Lastly, DraftSight gives you the option to adjust the distance from your entities that your mouse snaps to when inserting Dimensions – called the Dimension Snap Offset Distances. They’re located by looking under the Manage tab in the Customization section of the ribbon, selecting the Options icon, and pressing Drawing Settings. Once adjusted, your dimensions will appear uniform and neat.

I hope this post encourages you to enhance your drawing experience with DraftSight’s Centerline and Dimension features!

Keep an eye out for next blog covering Dimension Styles!

Check out the video below to see what they can do!

(0:00 Split Dimension, 0:08 Centerline, 0:22 Move Centerline, 0:40 Dimension Offset)


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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