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Opened by Simon Miller - 16.08.2019
Last edited by Simon Miller - 16.08.2019

## FS#1934 - Diametric text - overlaid

Diametric text is always placed above a horizontal measurement.

I often want to indicate both the inside and outside diameter of an object e.g. a wheel using diametric text. The text is overlaid and illegible.

To avoid text overlapping, I use Horizontal Aligned because I can control the position of the text to avoid illegible text.

A better method would be to alternate the placement of diametric text (alternatively) above and below a measurement so that in the majority of cases an overlap would be avoided.

Similarly for a vertical measurement, the text is overlaid and illegible.

When the angle is almost vertical, the angle controls the side the text appears however it also reverses the direction of the text (which is logical but not attractive).

Kind regards
Simon

Husky commented on 16.08.2019 19:32

Something like this ...

Husky commented on 16.08.2019 19:36

... or maybe this?

Simon Miller commented on 18.08.2019 10:32

One solution I used was to dimension the inner diameter and then separately dimension the difference inner/outer with aligned dimension or dimension the outer diameter with aligned dimension.

A better solution I have used is to dimension the inner diameter (dd) and restrict the direction (eh). Afterwards, I select the dimension and either reverse the y position (if it's around (0,0) or subtract an amount e.g. 10. Then dimension the outer diameter (dd) and restrict the direction (eh).

Using this 2nd technique, it places the text above and below the dimension and ensures the arrows are overlaid (parallel).

A better solution to restricting the direction (eh) would be to restrict the line to 0, 45, 90 etc. I haven't found a way to do this e.g. hold (alt) option key down etc.

NB the first solution avoids ambiguity - which text is for which line but the second solution looks clearer.

The very best way would be to allow QCAD to select more than one circle to dimension and then let it add the lines and text in a consistent way. Perhaps this is not as difficult as it seems if a script was used. But realistically, since this isn't often done, then any of the above options is not too onerous.

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