Continuing last blog’s topic of including Tables for transparency and organization, this post will be covering more Table features that enhance your drafting freedom.
As a recap, Tables are especially helpful when looking to attach information addressing your drawing overall, or connecting important details pertaining to certain objects in your designs.
That said, using Tables in DraftSight ensures that your readers get a full understanding of your ideal vision.
Likewise, as last blog discussed how to create Tables, edit them, and even make your own customized styles – this post will be focusing on how to increase your Table efficiency and complexity by using formulas.
Once you’ve inserted your table in revision, single-click on the cell you want to be associated with an equation. Then, a Table tab will pop up in the ribbon with a Formula icon located farthest to the right. Select the Formula icon for a drop-down menu to appear listing multiple equation options.
Each formula choice does exactly what its name suggests – sum adds up the values of specified cells, average lists their mean, count defines the number of cells you select, cell labels the total value of a specified cell, and equation allows you to manually input a formula.
Side note: if you double click on a cell and type an equal sign (=) followed by a formula, it’ll act the same as selecting the equation option in the Formula icon drop-down menu.
Once a formula is chosen, DraftSight will prompt you to specify the cells involved by selecting them directly from the drawing window.
Keep in mind that the value of your equation will be inserted with four decimal places by default. As always, DraftSight makes it super easy to edit this for aesthetic or clarity reasons.
Simply single-click on your formula cell to access its properties window on the right side of your graphics display. Scroll down to the Text section, manually input your preferred value in the Data text box, and voila!
I hope this post encourages you to use formulas in your DraftSight Tables!
Check out the video below and DraftSight’s YouTube Tutorial to see formulas at work!
(0:00 Sum, 0:04 Average, 0:10 Count, 0:14 Cell, 0:18 Equation, 0:24 Change Decimals)
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