Automatic Annotation Organization

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Automatic Annotation Organization

Postby forumadmin » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:27 am

DraftLogic Electrical includes a tool to reorganize all the visible annotation so that there are not any collisions between the annotation of each system and other elements of the systems that are destined for each floor plan plot. The tool is called the Annotation Organizer.

What Will the Annotation Organizer Do For Me?

The Annotation Organizer function will go through your project symbol by symbol and move the annotation for each symbol into a location that does not conflict with other objects that will be plotted to the same sheets for your clients. The few locations where satisfactory locations could not be found will be marked for your review. You can run the Annotation Organizer on as few as one symbol or as many as the entire project contents. Depending on how many symbols you have selected for the Annotation Organizer to run on, all of the annotation will be moved to best possible locations within seconds or minutes.

The Annotation Organizer is both smart and flexible. You have the choice of orienting annotation for wall mounted devices to the same orientation as the device or keeping such annotation horizontal. When you do orient annotation to match device rotation, you have the option of running the text toward the top or bottom of the plot. Also, you can have the Annotation Organizer look for surfaces away from the room inner perimeter to use as orientation references, so the orientation for receptacles mounted on walls in the middle area of a space can still be auto-oriented to match the receptacle rotation angle. Finally, you choose whether to have the Annotation Organizer make best efforts to also avoid annotation collisions with xref'd entities or not.

How to Launch the Annotation Organizer

To start up the Annotation Organizer, you can use the 'Annotation Organizer' tool on either the Frequent > Commands tool palette/tool group or from the Command > System Placement tool palette/tool group. It is also available from the DL Electrical menu from the Systems Placement submenu. We have grouped the Annotation Organizer in with the Systems Placement tools not because that is the only time you should use it, rather it is the most likely first time you will need it. We recommend you use the Annotation Organizer as a quick spit and polish tool before providing any deliverables to clients or for internal reviews--it will rearrange annotation to avoid other devices, the annotation of other devices, and branch circuit wiring linework/wirecounts/home runs.

Using the Annotation Organizer

Refer to the attached picture of the Annotation Organizer dialog (below) and the following section by section reference guide to learn how to make the most of what the Annotation Organizer can do for you.

Template Selection Section
The top section of the Annotation Organizer is where you: select an existing template from the drop down list of templates to load its settings, create a New template, Copy an existing template to make alterations to it and save anew, Rename existing templates, and finally to Delete templates.

Note that you do not need to perform any of these actions at all if you just want to fill in your preferred values and run the Annotation Organizer without saving the settings.

The template names are automatically prefixed with the units of measurement that the template was designed for, as per your selection from the Units list & suffixed with the plot scale the template was designed for, as per your selection from the Plot Scale list. These indications are important as the units of measurement in your drawing (i.e. what one unit in your drawing represents) and the plot scale both dictate what annotation size values will give you good results.

Execute For Section
Check the Home Runs Only checkbox if you want the Annotation Organizer to only organize the home run text block attributes. If you leave it unchecked, the Annotation Organizer will execute upon all DraftLogic Electrical symbols that are included in the Area of Effect you indicate.

Check the Avoid Attached and On XREF Entities checkbox if you want the Annotation Organizer to try to avoid collision with entities on XREF layers that are both attached and on. If you leave it unchecked, the Annotation Organizer will ignore all xref layers.

Select one of the radio buttons in the Area of Effect section to indicate whether you want the Annotation Organizer to run on All DraftLogic Electrical symbols in model space or Selection Set if you desire to choose which symbols the Annotation Organizer should run on. If you choose Selection Set, you will be asked to build a standard AutoCAD selection set after you Execute. Note only DraftLogic Electrical systems blocks will be organized, so you can use AutoCAD crossing selects that include any extras and DraftLogic Electrical will take care of filtering extraneous blocks/lines/and other entities out.

All Annotation Section
Annotation Minimum Buffer
Minimum targeted space in drawing units between a symbol's annotation and other symbols/features from the same collision group. Limited to three decimal places.

Annotation Height
Height to use for the annotation in drawing units. Limited to three decimal places.

Annotation Line Spacing
Distance to separate multiple annotation elements for each symbol in drawing units. Limited to three decimal places.

Switch ID Optional Overrides Section
If you desire to have the Annotation Organizer use different values for switch IDs than it uses for all other DraftLogic Electrical symbol annotation, fill in these values. If you leave them blank or set to zero, the All Annotation values will be applied to switch annotation.

Switch ID Height
Height to use for the switch IDs in drawing units (leave blank to use 'All Annotation' value instead). Limited to three decimal places.

Switch ID Spacing
Distance to separate multiple switch IDs for each switch in drawing units (leave blank to use 'All Annotation' value instead). Limited to three decimal places.

Switch ID Minimum Buffer
Minimum targeted space in drawing units between switch IDs and other symbols/features from the same collision group (leave blank to use 'All Annotation' value instead). Limited to three decimal places.

Wall Mounted Device Annotation Orientation Section
Select either of the Always Horizontal or Match Device Orientation radio buttons to let the Annotation Organizer know how you want wall mounted device orientation to be handled.

Always Horizontal
Annotation for wall mounted devices always oriented horizontal, i.e. plan zero, regardless of the rotation angle of the wall mounted device.

Match Device Orientation
Annotation for wall mounted devices oriented to rotation angle of the device, i.e. runs toward or away from the device depending on your selection in the Run Text section.

Match Device Orientation Settings Section
This section is only active if you have selected Match Device Orientation, otherwise they do not affect the Annotation Organizer so are ghosted out.

Use Orientation Surfaces Away from Room Boundary Checkbox
Check this to tell DraftLogic Electrical to look for wall, window, and door layer lines to orient annotation versus even when away from room boundary.

Annotation Horizontal Override for Perpendicular Blocks Checkbox
Check this to tell DraftLogic Electrical to override matching annotation direction for blocks facing straight up or down and instead orient annotation horizontal for these cases.

Run Text Section
Select one of these radio buttons to tell DraftLogic Electrical which direction you want to run text that is oriented to wall mounted devices.

Northward
When annotation oriented to wall mounted device, run text Northward.

Southward
When annotation oriented to wall mounted device, run text Southward.


Bottom Row Buttons Section
Execute
Execute the Annotation Organizer using the above settings for the indicated area of effect. If a template was selected and you have altered the settings for it, you will be asked if you want to save your changes or not. If you specified Selection Set for your Area of Effect, you will be asked to select the entities from model space.

Save
Save modifications to a pre-existing template or a newly created template.

Cancel
Exit the Annotation Organizer without executing.


For More Information

See our webpage about the Annotation Organizer: http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=139
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