Mid object dimensions


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Construction of items such as windows and doors uses a concept of rough-in dimensions.  From a work process standpoint, the designer first places a door or window in a wall and shows its position using dimensions.  All HD Pro automated dimension tools indicates locations by the edge of the actual item (left, right, top, bottom edges).  This is fine for getting buy in by the client or for making as-built drawings.  However, the purchase and construction processes use rough-in dimensions that indicate the hole necessary to frame in the item.  Construction needs the rough-in dimension and the object center location.  The designer tracking construction also needs the center location dimension to make sure the hole is in the proper place. 

I have not found a way to have HD Pro 2019 automate center point dimensions.  The closest is a very labor intensive process of using point-to-point but that method does not link the dimension to the object.  This is completely unworkable.  Is there another technique/option/preference that would do this?  (no example is provided as none works).

Kirk Sorensen

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Have you reviewed the documentation and Dimension Defaults?




I see you said Pro, but ...


Answers often depend on which title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2018, 2019 etc) you are using.


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