Create New Sheet by Placing Callout

                 In my last blog  I wrote about "Create Dynamic View" dialog. In this blog, I will show you how to invoke and use this dialog while placing a callout.

Why should you use"Create Dynamic View" dialog?

                 If you want to create an elevation/section/detail sheet without this dialog, you have to go through a number of manual steps, like placement of callout on sheet, then creating a new drawing model and attaching that section saved view on the newly created drawing model, then creating a new sheet and attaching that drawing model on the newly created sheet. To avoid all these steps you can use "Create Dynamic View" dialog. This dialog gives you section sheet in just one step.


Before starting I just want to brief you about advantages of callouts.

                 Callout are useful to create and control saved views. They can also help to link multiple dgn files. Callouts contain fields, which provide crucial information about sheet name and drawing ID.
Callouts are useful for creating Section, Elevation or Detail views. The other advantages of callout are .....

  1. Callouts are linked with their saved view, if we change the position of callout or if we create a step in callout, then it will automatically update its saved view.
  2. You can use Follow Link on callout's context menu to find out its views placed on other sheets. It may be in the same file or in external file.

Just follow some simple steps to create your final section sheets. 


                 You have a sheet model with standard views (Front, top, Side, etc...) referenced in it. Now, if you want to create different section views by using these references, you can use Place Section Callout tool.
Start "Place Section Callout" tool and toggle on "Create Dynamic View". Now select a reference from which you want to create section view. As soon as you select a reference the "Create Dynamic View" dialog pops up. Change desired settings (described below) in this dialog to get the desired output.

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                 This dialog helps you to create drawing model as well as sheet model in active\new\existing file. If you create only drawing model then the section view gets attached on the drawing model and another saved view "Section-[Drawing]" gets generated in drawing model. This saved view lets you customize the appearance of the drawing (clipping, level masks, etc.) when attached to the sheet. If you create only sheet model, then the section view is directly attached on sheet model but here no other saved view gets generated in sheet model. If you create both, then Section [Drawing] view gets attached on sheet model rather than the original section view. Section [Drawing] is a saved view which gets generated in drawing model. Any saved view which shows its name [Drawing] at the end means it is a saved view from drawing model and not from the design model.

                 If you uncheck the toggle for File Name, then it creates the drawing\sheet model in active file. You can also set Annotation Scale of the new drawing\sheet model at that scale. You can read more about annotation scale on  this blog. If you check Open Model toggle, then it opens the newly created drawing\sheet model.

                 It is often helpful to create a drawing model in between the design and sheet models. Drawing model provides you a platform where you can add all annotations in a central location. As soon as you add any annotation in the drawing model, it gets directly reflected on all sheet models on which that drawing is attached. If you don't want to create a separate sheet for each callout, then you can create only drawing models from callouts and then manually attach all those drawing models on a single sheet. In future I will blog on "Drawing Model".

You can also use other callouts (Elevation and Detail) to create their respective sheets.

More blogs are coming up so be there.