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The ability to search for Balloon Notes in a drawing using the Search Tool

The ability to search for Balloon Notes in a drawing using the Search Tool

Currently it is not possible to search for Balloon Notes (PTC CS254195). Having the ability to search for and select all Balloon Notes placed could be very handy.

 

Details:

We make extensive use of Offset type Balloon Notes (offset from dimensions, GTOLs, notes etc) to indicate engineering changes during a revision, among other things.

It is therefore interesting to be able to quickly search for and select these Notes:

  • To delete obsolete balloon notes
  • To rapidly select and change the balloon note color (in the case of revision balloon notes scenario mentioned above)

 

Current methods:

For the first scenario, users need to make use of selection filters and manually drag select balloon notes to delete them

For the second scenario we employ a mapkey that somewhat automates the placement and color change, but it is still error prone.

We have tried other solutions:

  • Custom symbols which have no offset placement type available, so user has to use relate to object to link notes
  • Layers: We had an idea to use the older def_layer, but sadly there is no suitable option for balloon notes here

 

Improvement with suggested idea:

Simply adding balloon notes to the Look For/by categories in the Search Tool would allow us to automate both scenarios using simple mapkeys.

 

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Correction: An Offset Type placement custom symbol is possible - See red below.

This would be regarded as a workaround solution

 


@mdewet wrote:

Currently it is not possible to search for Balloon Notes (PTC CS254195). Having the ability to search for and select all Balloon Notes placed could be very handy.

 

Details:

We make extensive use of Offset type Balloon Notes (offset from dimensions, GTOLs, notes etc) to indicate engineering changes during a revision, among other things.

It is therefore interesting to be able to quickly search for and select these Notes:

  • To delete obsolete balloon notes
  • To rapidly select and change the balloon note color (in the case of revision balloon notes scenario mentioned above)

 

Current methods:

For the first scenario, users need to make use of selection filters and manually drag select balloon notes to delete them

For the second scenario we employ a mapkey that somewhat automates the placement and color change, but it is still error prone.

We have tried other solutions:

  • Custom symbols which have no offset placement type available, so user has to use relate to object to link notes
  • Layers: We had an idea to use the older def_layer, but sadly there is no suitable option for balloon notes here

 

Improvement with suggested idea:

Simply adding balloon notes to the Look For/by categories in the Search Tool would allow us to automate both scenarios using simple mapkeys.