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Add associative notes in drawings

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Add associative notes in drawings

Add associative notes in drawings

Associative notes are extra marks that contain additional information about the object they are attached to. Associative notes are updated according to the changes made in the related object in the model. You can add associative notes to building objects, such as parts and reinforcement, surface treatments, edge chamfers, reference objects, pour breaks and pour objects. Associative notes are handy: You can add multiple notes to one object, whereas you only can add one mark to one object.

  1. Open the drawing.
  2. Hold down Shift and, on the Drawing tab, click Note and click one of the following commands:
    • With leader line : Add an associative noteassociative annotation object that can include any additional information about the building object it is attached to

      One building object can have several associative notes.

      with a leader lineline that connects an annotation object to the related object or point

      at the position you specify.

    • Without leader line : Create an associative note without a leader line at the position you specify.

    • Along line : Add an associative note along a line at the position you specify.

  3. Select what kind of an object you want to attach the note to in the Content list.
  4. Select the elements you want to show in the note, and modify the appearance of the note.

    The elements for associative notes are same as those of marks.

    Associative note appearance properties are the same those of parts. Additionally, you can adjust the leader line arrow height and length.

    To place the note exactly in the position you pick and keep it there, click the Place button and select fixed in the Placing list.

  5. Click Apply or OK to save the properties.
  6. Select the object.
  7. Pick a position for the note. If you are using a leader line, first pick the position on the object, and then pick the position for the note.

    Continue picking to add the same note in another location.

    You can stop adding notes by pressing Esc.

See below for some examples of leader lines. The one on the left is With leader line , the one in the middle Without leader line and the one on the right Along line.


For edge chamfers and other hard-to-see items, it is easier to use the pop-up menu command Add Associative Note because then you do not have to select the object again after selecting the command from the pop-up.

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