In orthographic drawings, dimension rules control the placement of dimensions while dimension styles control the appearance and the units of measure. However, the rules and styles interact in complex ways. For more information, see Edit Dimension Styles in the Orthographic Drawings User's Guide.
In previous versions of Smart 3D, you manually edited an .xml file to modify a dimension rule or template. The software now provides the Dimension Rule Manager, a graphical user interface that allows you to edit the available properties for a dimension template. Depending on your settings for modules and properties in the Dimension Rule Manager, the list of available properties can change. The Dimension Rule Manager does not save or display properties and modules that are unavailable for the template you are modifying. For more information, see Dimension Rule Manager.
There are some dimension rules and templates that the Dimension Rule Manager does not support. To make changes to these unsupported rules and templates, you must manually edit the associated .xml file. The .xml files for dimension rules and dimension templates are delivered in the following locations:
Dimension rules - [Reference Data Folder]\SharedContent\Drawings\Catalog\Rules\DimensionRules folder. For more information, see Dimension Rules.
2D dimension templates - [Reference Data Folder]\SharedContent\Drawings\Catalog\Dimensions\Templates folder. For more information, see Dimension Templates Overview.
3D manual dimension templates - [Reference Data Folder]\SharedContent\Drawings\Catalog\Dimensions\3D folder. For more information, see 3D Dimensions.
There are two methods you can use to display dimensions in drawings: automatic dimensioning and manual dimensioning. For automatic dimensioning, the view style controls whether or not dimensions are placed. For manual dimensioning, you edit an existing drawing and place dimensions manually.
Isometric drawings use the isometric options settings within their style to determine the dimension appearance, placement, and units. For more information, see Isometric Drawing Styles in the Smart 3D Piping Isometric Drawings User's Guide.
The Save As command saves drawings from the database to files and presents additional considerations about dimensions. The files created by the Save As command can be native format or a foreign format such as MicroStation or AutoCAD. With the Save As command, the software attempts to replicate dimensions as they are shown within a drawing. For more information, see Save As MicroStation or AutoCAD Format in the Smart 3D Orthographic Drawings User's Guide.