Behaviors Tab (Symbol Properties Dialog Box) - SmartSketch - Help

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9.0.0
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9.0(2015)

This tab only appears when you are editing a symbol file (.sym). It does not appear when you are inside a regular SmartSketch file (.igr).

Tab Options

Label

Select this check box if you are creating a SmartLabel. Selecting Label enables the Graphics Fit to Text and Place leaderline options also located on this tab. See also SmartLabels.

Mirror About Target Object

Allows the symbol to mirror about the element or object to which you are attaching the symbol.

Glue to Target Object

Specifies that the symbol moves with the element or object to which it is attached. When this option is enabled, the glued symbol may be opened and modified; however, it cannot be broken down to its individual components until it is no longer glued (attached) to another element.

Align Parallel with Target Object

Ensures that the symbol aligns parallel to the element or object to which the symbol is being attached, no matter where you move the element or object.

Allow Rotation By Relationships

Allows a symbol to change its orientation on the drawing sheet according to the relationships that you apply to it. If the check box is cleared, the symbol does not change its orientation regardless of the way you change its relationships.

The check box is cleared by default. When you clear it, a symbol maintains its orientation to the drawing sheet when you move the related symbol or other elements. In the following example, the line and symbol share a dimensional relationship. The lower end of the symbol is grounded in place with a lock relationship.

If you edit the dimensional value of the driving dimension between the line and symbol to modify the position of the elements, the symbol does not change its orientation on the drawing sheet. The driving dimension changes to a driven dimension that is not to scale, as the underlined dimensional value indicates.

When you set the Allow Rotation By Relationships checkbox, the symbol changes orientation on the drawing sheet according to the relationships applied to it. In the example, when you edit the dimensional value of the driving dimension to change the position of the elements, the symbol changes orientation on the drawing sheet, maintaining the dimensional relationships.

Honor layer display

Allows you to turn on and off the display of layers in a symbol file. For example, if you create a symbol with multiple layers and enable the Honor layer display check box, you can turn on/off any layer so that the items on that layer will display/not display. Additionally, the layers are created (if they do not exist) in the file in which you place the symbol.

Graphics Fit to Text

Allows you to define a symbol that stretches to fit the text height and width of a text box in the symbol, when you edit the text. This checkbox is available only when you select the Label checkbox. This checkbox only affects parametric symbols or symbols created with one closed shape that is a rectangle, circle, or ellipse. The parametric symbol must have two driving dimensions defined as parameters on the Parameters Tab (Symbol Properties Dialog Box). These parameters must be identified as TextHeight and TextWidth.

Scale Handles

Specifies that the symbol has scale handles. You can drag a scale handle to resize the entire symbol uniformly in the X and Y directions.

Mirror Handles

Specifies that the symbol has mirror handles. You can drag the mirror handle across the mirror line in the direction that you want to mirror the symbol.

Rotate Handles

Specifies that the symbol has rotate handles. You can drag this handle to rotate the entire symbol.

Split Element on Drop

Allows a symbol to split elements on which you place the symbol. This behavior is intended primarily to split connectors when placing an inline symbol, but also will split most other elements. When a symbol is placed, the element is trimmed back to the range of the symbol.

Place leaderline

Allows you to define a symbol that places a leaderline from the symbol to the object on which it is placed. Once the symbol is placed, you can use the options on the Leader Ribbon to edit leader properties. A leaderline is only valid when the symbol contains a text object. In cases involving multiple text objects, the leaderline is attached to the first text object created in the symbol.  This checkbox is available only when you select the Label checkbox.

Treat as Paper

Displays a symbol in a drawing at a 1:1 ratio, regardless of the container scale. If you select Treat as Paper, you cannot select Lock Scale, change the scale, or change the photographic style scale.

Drop As

Defines the graphical output when you place a symbol in a document.

  • If you select Symbol, the symbol remains and behaves as a symbol when you place it in a document.

  • If you select Group, the symbol changes to a group of elements or objects when you place it in a document.

  • If you select Discrete Objects, the symbol is broken up into individual elements and objects that you can edit separately.

Step Rotation

Determines the increment for rotating the symbol when you place it while pressing the Left and Right arrow keys on the keyboard. If you enter 0 in the box, you cannot rotate the symbol with the Left and Right arrow keys when you place the symbol in a document.

Double-Click Label Position

Allows you to define a label's location when a user double-clicks a symbol to add a text label. For example, if you select the Top radio button, you can double click to add a text label above the symbol.

To use this functionality, you must install the Symbol Authoring option.

See Also

Labels