LEADER (Command)

 
 
 

Creates a line that connects annotation to a feature.

Summary

It is recommended that you use the workflow available through the MLEADER command to create leader objects.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.

Point Specification

Draws a leader line segment to the point specified and continues to prompt you for points and options.

Annotation

Inserts an annotation at the end of the leader line. The annotation can be single or multiple lines of text, a feature control frame containing geometric tolerances, or a block.

If you press Enter at the Annotation prompt without entering text first, the following options are displayed:

Tolerance

Creates a feature control frame containing geometric tolerances using the Geometric Tolerance dialog box (see TOLERANCE).

You can create datum indicators and basic dimension notation in these dialog boxes. After you specify the geometric tolerance, LEADER ends.

Copy

Copies text, a multiline text object, a feature control frame with geometric tolerances, or a block and connects the copy to the end of the leader line. The copy is associated with the leader line, meaning that if the copied object moves, the end of the leader line moves with it. The display of the hook line depends on the object copied.

The value of the current text gap (see DIMSTYLE or the DIMGAP system variable) determines where the text and multiline text objects are inserted. Blocks or feature control frames with geometric tolerances are attached to the end of the leader line.

Block

Inserts a block at the end of the leader line. The prompts are the same as for INSERT. The block reference is inserted at an offset from the end of the leader line and is associated to the leader line, meaning that if the block moves, the end of the leader line moves with it. No hook line is displayed.

None

Ends the command without adding any annotation to the leader line.

Mtext

Creates text using the In-Place Text Editor when you specify an insertion point and a second point for the text boundary.

Enter the characters for the text. Enclose format strings for prefixes and suffixes in angle brackets (< >). Enclose format strings for alternate units in square brackets ([ ]).

The units settings and the current text style determine how the text is displayed. The multiline text is vertically centered and horizontally aligned according to the X axis direction of the last two vertices of the leader line. The text is offset from the hook line by the distance specified under Offset from Dim Line on the Text tab of the New, Modify, or Override Dimension Style dialog box. If the offset specified is negative, the multiline text is enclosed in a box as a basic dimension.

Format

Controls the way the leader is drawn and whether it has an arrowhead.

Spline

Draws the leader line as a spline. The vertices of the leader line are the control points, each of equal unit weight.

Straight

Draws the leader line as a set of straight line segments.

Arrow

Draws an arrowhead at the start point of the leader line.

None

Draws a leader line with no arrowhead at the start point.

Undo

Undoes the last vertex point on the leader line. The previous prompt is displayed.