There are a ton of subtle improvements in SolidWorks 2010 to improve its usability. Many of these improvements might seem small now, but once one is reliant on the new functionality, it will seem like we’ve always had it this way. Attaching annotations to dimensions is now easier with expanded capability. Here’s a couple of examples showing-off these new capabilities.
Drop Annotation Notes into Dimensions
It is now possible to drag an annotation note and drop it onto a dimension, to become apart of that dimension callout. First, LMB click and hold on the annotation note.
Then, simply drag that annotation note on top of the dimension.
The result is that the text from the annotation note is now included within the text of the dimension. One limitation is that the dimension field still does not support borders around selected text.
Attach Annotations to Dimensions
Other types of annotation that can be attached to dimensions include GD&T feature control frames, datum feature symbols and surface finish symbols.
- Annotations and their leaders may now be attached directly to extension lines.
- GD&T annotations now may be dropped right into a dimension callout and then detached with the use of the handles in the upper left corner.
- Annotations may now be moved around extension lines, and more easily moved from one attachment to another.