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Leaders

Leaders essentially point to things and relate to text to describe those “things.” Leaders can consist of lines or arcs, with arrows attached to the ends that point to objects of note. Our software offers a variety of leader and arrow types. You can place leaders on their own or in conjunction with text. 

We've added some handy features to our Text and MText leaders: All Text and MText leaders are now multileaders and include the option for a background mask. For more details, see Text & Multiline Text (MText) Leaders below.

Leaders Overview

Our various site leader are available as:

 

 

A series of flyouts from the Leaders button on the F/X Site ribbon:

 

 

 

A series of buttons on the Graphics Leaders toolbar

A series of options on the F/X Site menu:

 

To place a leader within Model Space, you need to have already set a scale in your drawing. Click a leader type to place that type of leader, starting at the arrow point and then the end of the leader.

Text & Multiline Text (MText) Leaders

You have several options for placing a leader with either a single line of text or multiline text (MText). The Text and MText leaders are available from the following locations:

 

 

 

The Leader with Text flyout on the F/X Site ribbon

 

F/X Site menu, Leaders with Text option

 

 

 

 

The four buttons highlighted above on the Graphics Leaders toolbar

 

 

 

Select an option for the arrow type you want for the leader you're about to place.

 

The arrow style you select and place first will define the text leader style in your drawing.

 

 

 

The first time you select one of these leader types in a particular drawing, the Text Manager will open when you click to place the leader.

 

 

In the Text Manager, select a Text Style for your leader text (example: ARIAL 10PT).

Once you've selected a Text Style for your leader text in the current drawing, the style you selected in the Text Manager will automatically apply to subsequent text you place along with leaders in the same drawing.

 

After selecting a Text Style, you'll be prompted to place the leader and text. After you place the leader, the Command Line will prompt you to Enter First Line of Annotation Text.

 

 

To insert multi-line text (MText), right-click to accept MText, then type your text.

 

 

If you do use MText, you'll have to press Enter at the end of each line.

 

 

The image to the right shows a few examples of leaders with text.

 

 

 

The Text and MText leaders now include the following features:

 

 

Multileaders (MLeaders)

When you place a Text or MText leader, you're actually placing what's known as a Multileader (MLeader)  – a native AutoCAD feature that we've built into these four leader types. An MLeader combines the entire callout – the leader, arrow, and text – into a single and contiguous entity.

For information on how MLeaders work, see our MLeaders page.

 

 

Background Masks

We've also built the capability of a background mask into the Text and MText leaders. A background mask renders your callout visible and distinct even when you need to place it on linework or on a hatch.

Background mask, Model Space

 

 

Background mask, Paper Space
 

 

For information on working with these background masks, see our MLeaders and background masks documentation section.

 

Setting a Background Mask, or No Background Mask, as the Default Style

Text leaders have background masks by default. If you'd like to remove the background mask as the default for one of the leader arrow types (Standard, Frame, Tick, or Dot), complete the following steps.

 

 

Select your preferred leader type from the F/X Site ribbon, then select your arrow style.

 

 

 

Place the text leader in your drawing.

 

 

We'll place our text leader with its callout box over a color hatch to show the background mask.

 

 

 

Now select the same text leader type you just selected, or simply press Enter to repeat the command.

 

 

Do not place another leader at this point. Instead, right-click within your drawing.

 

 

The Arrows dialog box will open. Here, you'll see two thumbnail previews of each of the arrow types: one without a mask and one with a mask.

 

 

Select your preferred mask style (that is, mask or no mask) for the leader type you just selected. In our example, we'll select a Dot leader with no mask.

 

 

Click OK.

Now place the leader and add the text. The mask style you selected will now be set as the default for the leader arrow type you selected.

 

In our example, we've set the option for no mask as the default setting for the Dot arrow style.

You can always complete these same steps to set the background mask as the default style again.

If you use other arrow types, you'll need to repeat these steps to set the default mask style for each arrow type you use.

 

Using the Old Text Leaders (Without MLeaders or Background Masks)

Don't like the MLeaders or background masks? At a few users' requests, we've added the old style of text leaders back into the software.

Use the old text leaders >

Thick (Bold) Leaders (No Text)

The Thick, or Bold leaders with no text are available from the following locations:

 

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Thick Leaderflyout

 

F/X Site menu, Thick Leader option

 

 

 

 

The three buttons highlighted above on the Graphics Leaders toolbar

 

 

 

Select an option for the arrow type you want for the leader you're about to place.

 

The arrow style you select and place first will define the thick leader style in your drawing.

 

 

 

Here are examples of the three Thick leader styles:

If you want, you can place text associated with these leaders at any time using our Text tool.

Standard Leaders (No Text)

The remaining eleven leaders are our standard (that is, with a standard, rather than thick, lineweight) leaders without text. These leaders are available from the following locations:

 

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Line Leader and Arc Leader flyouts

 

 

 

 

F/X Site menu, Line Leader and Arc Leader options

 

 

 

The eleven buttons highlighted below on the Graphics Leaders toolbar:

 

 

 

 

Select an option for the arrow type you want for the leader you're about to place.

 

The arrow style you select and place first will define the standard leader style in your drawing.

 

 

 

 

Here are examples of the 11 standard leader styles:

 

If you want, you can place text associated with these leaders at any time using our Text tool.

Troubleshooting

Issue: You are noticing varying text sizes between different leaders with text

 

Issue: You placed a leader with text in a drawing where you've created a UCS, and the text is not lining up correctly with the leader

 

Issue: Callouts are appearing behind hatches or other objects when placed in Paper Space

 

Issue: You received an error containing the text AcRxClassName when attempting to place a callout with an MLeader

 

Issue: Your text callouts are only going to one side of their leaders – to the right or left

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 12:49
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