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Pro/Engineer August 2005 Tip-of-the-Month
Centered Text ??
How do you center a text feature in Pro/Engineer?
|Figure 1. Start of Sketch|
I am not sure there is a direct way of doing such a thing. However, there is a pretty simple work-around. It is not exact, but close enough for most applications.
Start by Sketching a Centerline at the position the text should be centered about.
Next Sketch a line that is Symmetric about the centerline (as shown in Figure 1). (Note: The little white arrows indicating the Symmetry
constraint. A Mid Point can also work.)
Finally, create the desired text using the end of the line as the starting point and adjust dimensions so the line is the same length as the text. See Figure 3.
Since you cannot directly control text length, this is an iterative, by eye process. For convenience, I place the length dimension for the line above the text so the
dimension leaders extend past the text. As shown here, when block style lettering is used it is easy to eye-ball the length of the line to be the same as the text
-- effectively centering the text.
The technique is essentially the same for Wildfire products as well. See Figure 4.
So, PTC, what do you say? How about adding text justification to the list of enhancements?
See you next Month !!
|Figure 3. Centered Text|
|Figure 4. Wildfire 2.0|
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