One annotation turns to the other and says, “I like your style, where can I get a style like that?” The other annotation replies, “Thank you. We’re actually in the electronic world; we have a vast supply of my style of style. Here have some style just like my style.”
Actually that is not a joke, this is serious. Our annotations and dimensions can indeed share styles. All those settings we select in our PropertyManager, all that additional text we type into them, we need only do it once. They can share that information, not just within one single file, but between them as well.
This would be a good time to reference my previous blog where sharing the same style between my annotations would have been useful.
Actually, that’s a good place to start. I have here, my drawing from earlier. Each of those annotations have a Linked Property calling out the name of that view, and then the word “View” typed after it. Let’s say we want to update what these annotations look like, and then save out all of their settings (in a Style) so that we can use these same settings (Style) in other annotations in other documents.
Selecting one of these annotations we see their settings in our PropertyManager and at the top that there is no Style assigned to it (<NONE>).
So now we’re changing the settings in the PropertyManager to whatever we want just to be able to show that all of these settings can be managed in the Style.
At the top of our PropertyManager we have some options. We’ll select to Add or Update a Style, which in this case will add a Style available for use in this specific document. We can give it a name to make it easy to recognize.
Once we have the Style added to this document, we can select Save a Style. Doing so will make it available to be loaded into other documents.
Now we have this style saved out to a location. Let’s open up another document where we want to use the same Style that we just used in the other document (the Style that we just saved out). Once again let’s start an Annotation.
Back in our PropertyManager for our annotation, at the top in the Style area, there is a Load Style button. Click that and browse for the Style we saved out. Load it in.
Now we’re able to select to use that Style. Look! We’re using the Style, Mom!
Seriously, Mom! Look! We’re all sorts of using Styles! LOOK AT MY STYLE!
Styles are able to be used in both annotations and dimensions. Learn by doing. Go mess around with styles for a bit and find yours. Try those bell bottoms, high heels, V necks, and pin stripes. Share what you learn and let me know how you use them.
I know what I used them for, but I want to know what you use them for.
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