Excuse my dumb question, but could someone confirm what "Enable Auto Annotations" actually does? It doesn't control DataGroup annotation as that is controlled by the rules assigned to the Dynamic View. What does it control, and would setting BB_AUTOANNOTATE_ONCREATE = 0 and BB_AUTOANNOTATE = MANUAL help with speeding up view creation?
Not a dumb question at all. If fact, this confuses a lot of users.
The Enable Auto Annotations option in the Building Designer Menu only has an effect when BB_AUTOANNOTATION is set to USER (see below)
There are 2 configuration variables that influence DV annotations: BB_AUTOANNOTATION and BB_AUTOANNOTATION_ONCREATE
Determines when DV Rule-Based Annotation Tags recreate the Datagroup annotation that is specified in the DV rules.
You have 3 options: (MANUAL, AUTO OR USER)
MANUAL = The user must select the Refresh Automatic Annotations tool to see any DV generated annotation.
AUTO = Refreshes when drawings/sheets are opened/referenced. (can cause performance delays when opening drawing/sheet models)
USER (default) = Users toggles the Building Designer > Enable Automatic Annotations menu item, to determine AUTO or MANUAL behavior
The bit that was confusing me is that those settings don't appear to make any difference to annotation generated before changing the config values, hence it appeared that it "wasn't working". I'd set the configs but door annotation was still updating if I change the door number. As far as we can work out this only applies to new elements, correct?