Yes- dimensions can be better, and I will probably extract a feature request or two from this and get it on the tracker. A short cut into the Dimension style would not be as necessary, if you could preview the dimension “before” you exited the dimension style dialog, and get it right the first time. Hopefully we will see this Dimstyle preview in the Rhino 6 WIP, at some point.
Also here is a toolbar macro that you can put on a button. You will need to replace “default” with whatever dimstyle name you use:
! -DocumentProperties _dim _edit _default _textheight _pause _enterend
Edit the toolbar and you can paste this macro into a new button or the right mouse of any button you have open. And this is not a solution, just a bandaid.
Willem is exactly right here. If you use Layouts and Annotation scale is on for dimensions and test, the dimension text height is display in the Layouts units not model units. For example if the dim text height is .25" or 8mm, then the text will display .25" or 8mm, on the layout and in a detail on the layout regardless of the detail scale. If you want to read a dimension in the Model space, you may need to scale it up in the Model scale parameter of the dimension style
You can learn more about Layout and annotation scale here.
Feel free to send me a model, and I will get it setup to use annotation scale and get the Model text readable.
You can sent it directly to me, email@example.com.
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Mary Ann Fugier