I didn't find anything on my own that would do this. I'm mostly wondering if this is currently possible. It's nothing critical, burning or cumbersome as-is to simply reposition things manually as needed. Installation reference 2018 SP2 (finally current). If my description of intent is unclear, maybe I can mock something up in images.


I'd like to attach a note leader to an object so that its leader arrow lands on the nearest edge of the attached object. That way, when I reposition the note for aesthetics and clarity of less overlaps with other similar leaders, its arrow follows the direction of note placement, moving around the body's edges while pointing at the nearest edge of the body towards the note location.


I'm placing text notes around a weldment component shown in Isometric view. This note references Weldment Profile Description and body length from cutlist properties. It appears to only recognize that the leader is on *this* specific edge, and that edge belongs to this body with these properties to call upon, but the leader cannot reposition automatically around other edges of the same body.


As I imagine this, it would behave similarly to how a diameter or radius dimension's arrow(s) follow the measured edge while tracking with the placement of the dimension. However, a hole cut and a channel body are drastically dissimilar in form, code, and representation. Complexities of various profiles could make this unfeasible.


Similarly related thread: How to change attachment point of note leader in sketch?

Where an overridden Dimension is used as a Note for display and composition purposes.

Edit: Also related, my suggestion within https://forum.solidworks.com/message/831304#comment-831304  about a body or component within a drawing view possibly being able to "Select Outline", which I also believe is not currently possible.


If this is not available without overrides, API or Macro, perhaps it is a useful idea for improvements. I'll let the community decide.


Message was edited by: Tom Gagnon

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Last comment By: Scott Stuart   Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:14:49 GMT
Re: Leader attachment, is nearest edge available?



I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of 98.75% sure it can't be currently done.

By: Glenn Schroeder  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:45:57 GMT
Re: Leader attachment, is nearest edge available?

That's a cool idea. Something like "always point toward center of mass" or "always point toward centroid of view" would be a nice enhancement request. I do believe this could be done with the API, but the math would be too complicated for me.

By: Scott Stuart  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:14:49 GMT
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