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Creating a Custom Arrow For CAD Lines?

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Hey All, 

I'm looking to create a cad line with custom arrows for my joist direction labels. I'm just wondering if this is even possible? 

I've tried creating one with CAD lines and then blocking it, however when I stretch the newly created block, the arrows become skewed. 

I then thought about creating a stretch plane for the block, but that doesn't seem possible either. 



 

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What does your arrow look like?  The reason is I as is that I have a solution in mind that might work for you but it depends on the shape of your arrow. 

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Here are a couple that I created in CAD that I'd like to use if at all possible: 

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AFAIK, Chief doesn't have a "Create Arrow Style" Tool.  That should actually be a part of a good "Create Line Style" Tool.  Maybe someday....

 

In the mean time, there are some very similar predefined Arrow Styles that can be used.

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Just now, Joe_Carrick said:

AFAIK, Chief doesn't have a "Create Arrow Style" Tool.  That should actually be a part of a good "Create Line Style" Tool.  Maybe someday....

 

In the mean time, there are some very similar predefined Arrow Styles that can be used.


That's too bad.

 

I know the ones that come with Chief Architect come close, however I'm just not crazy about them. 

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My idea didn't prove to be as effective as I thought it might be so I'm not even going to go over it.  If you really want to use the custom arrow style, I think your best bet is to first...

  • Create your arrows individually and block them
  • Place an insertion point in those blocks right where you want them to snap to your line
  • Set up your line and label how you want it.
  • Snap the arrow blocks to the ends of your line
  • Block that whole thing and add it to your library

 

Then, when you want to place your joist direction labels...

  • Place the block in the plan and first rotate as necessary
  • Explode the block and resize the line
  • Snap your arrow blocks to the ends of your line. 

Doesn't actually take all that long. 

 

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16 minutes ago, Alaskan_Son said:

My idea didn't prove to be as effective as I thought it might be so I'm not even going to go over it.  If you really want to use the custom arrow style, I think your best bet is to first...

  • Create your arrows individually and block them
  • Place an insertion point in those blocks right where you want them to snap to your line
  • Set up your line and label how you want it.
  • Snap the arrow blocks to the ends of your line
  • Block that whole thing and add it to your library

 

Then, when you want to place your joist direction labels...

  • Place the block in the plan and first rotate as necessary
  • Explode the block and resize the line
  • Snap your arrow blocks to the ends of your line. 

Doesn't actually take all that long. 

 

 

Thanks, Michael. 

 

I guess I'll have to use this until something else becomes available :) 

 

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