For dimension, connector, and flow lines to be effective, they must be linked to the objects you label. When you use the Dimension tool, the Connector tool, or the Flow Line tool, special points on each object, called snap points, are activated. When the mouse passes over a snap point, the point becomes visible. Dimension, connector, and flow lines can only be linked to objects at these snap points.
Basic objects and curve objects generally have snap points at each node and at the center of the object.
An object showing the position of snap points for dimension, connector, and flow
• For snap points to be visible the Show Snap Location Marks check box must be enabled. To access the check box, click Tools, Options, then, in the list of categories, click Workspace, Display.
Dimension lines let you show the size of objects or the distance between objects. Dynamic dimensioning automatically displays the length of the dimension line, ensuring you use accurate measurements in your drawing. Also, dynamic dimension lines automatically change as you change your drawing. If you prefer to type in your own approximate measurements or other text, you can disable the dynamic dimensioning feature.
You can use dimension lines to indicate the distance between two points in your drawing.
When you use dimension lines to label objects, you can set the scale of your drawing to reflect the actual size of the objects you are labeling. By default, the scale is 1:1; therefore, one inch in your drawing equals one inch in the real world. However, if you want to create an office floor plan, a scale of 1:12 (one inch equals one foot) might be more appropriate.
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