So I’m trying to produce a design for use by a person doing some woodworking for me, and I want to include dimensions. The UI and what I can find around the web and in these forums suggests that the functionality should be achievable by locking dimensions and exporting to .dwg. So, I created an image and locked the dimensions I cared about.
I then exported in DWG, but the results have not proved satisfactory or useful. The resultant dwg isn’t useful in any of the three viewers I’ve tried, the last of which is AutoDesk’s viewer for iPad:
First one has numbers that are way too big, fractions formatted in way that would promote error, and bizarrely, all numbers mirrored
Second one has numbers too big (but not mirrored), various elements however, are out of place, especially all the curves, which are 180degrees rotated from where the should be.
Autodesk app for ipad shows results that are the same as first viewer. (numbers that are way too big, fractions formatted in way that would promote error, and bizarrely, all numbers mirrored)
IMHO, these are all pretty useless.
So, when I took the initial screenshot, the app helpfully suggested that I could take a screenshot without the UI, which sounds good, but when I do that, the screenshot tool strips out all my dimensions, which is in fact, the only thing I need a screenshot for.
So, the best i’ve been able to come up with is to
- Turn off the grid
- take a screenshot without using the screenshot tool
- crop out the UI elements that I can. (thus lowering the resolution of my image)
This gets me:
Which is probably adequate for my purposes, but still has real problems. The one I’d like to call attention to is that the little Vertex dots obscure parts of my sketch. On some of my larger pieces, they obscure entire corner bevels so that you can’t see them.
I feel like such a good app should be able to do better. (I’d also like to be able to put dimensions on the 3d models of my design, so that I can show how pieces that aren’t connected in the sketch attach together, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to do that at all.)
Am I missing something? This feels like a really underthought feature.