Stairs text - visualarq

Hello, how to resize the text of the staircase

Hi @11170, The stair step numbers take the text size according to the current Annotation style in the document. You can edit that from the Rhino Tools > Option > Document Properties > Annotation styles.
Right now it is not possible to change it by stair style, although we have plans to support it in future versions.

changing the annotation style doesn’t help and update in the plan, the text still appears big

Something’s definitely out of sync. If I go into the annotation styles and set the scale to 1, the text appears at approximately the right size. All the other text of course shrinks. If I set this to 48 (a reasonable value for a small house) I get the result in the second picture.

It’s basically not compatible with other components. Either the stair text is way to big or everything else is way too small. Maybe an update severed a link somewhere?

This kind of sucks because you can’t really fix your plan unless you either explode the plan or the stairs. I don’t think there is a way to just hide the labels?

Yea there seems to be an issue with the way the default text scaling works. You can turn off the stair annotation in the Stair Style ‘steps’ tab.

I’ve found that the sections, plan views, etc default to a text style size of 3 for some reason, which makes the labels for those elements giant. Changing it to ‘by parent’ seems to fix the label size issue for me.


Hi @keithscadservices,

I don’t understand why you need to change this value to 48, it looks like if you leave it as 1 it looks ok to me.

What is “everything else”? Which texts do you see too small?

Hi @arcus,

Which templates have got the text style as 3? Which Rhino and VisualARQ versions are you using?

I typically use my own template and update it from a visarq starter one every year or so. I think the current template was created in January or February of this year.

This was the version from the previous post.
Visarq: (2022/03/24)
Rhino: Version 7 SR21 (7.21.22208.13001, 2022-07-27)

I just updated to the latest version of visarq, it no longer says 3, now it’s just a blank space, and the text is still pretty large. This was from a generic visualarq feet and inches template.

VisualARQ 2 - Feet.3dm (262.6 KB)

Hi @arcus,

Ok, I see the problem now. This issue is already in our list in queue to be fixed. We will let you know when we have news about it.

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I’ve been investigating but I’m out of time. I can’t remember what I did in the original file, but I do know that it was not a Visual ARQ specific template. Below was created with the out-of-the-box Visual ARQ “inches” template and everything’s jiving well together:

I tried to reproduce the findings in my previous post. Using the default Rhino templates (in this case, the “Large Objects, inches, feet-inches”) is probably something we should avoid, and Visual ARQ also warns us about this. I think the default Visual ARQ content in these templates is just dated and not adjusted for the various updates over the years.

Also my first attempt drawing the stairs yields no (visible) step counters, so I redrew the stairs. That didn’t work either:

However, if I toggle the model space scale they appear (note that the default setting for model space scale is 96 in this template (I’ll double check that):

Everything seems to jive with the modelspace scale set to 1, in this brief test at least:

Everything seems to be working as long as I get all my settings in sync with one another. I still have to create my template and might wait for VARQ 3 before I actually do that.

Hello @keithscadservices,

I think the problem is that the text is too big for the boundary box you have defined for the plan view. That is why if you change the Model space scale to a lower value the text is visible: because in that case there space for the text in the plan view boundary box.


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