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Chapter 16. Measuring and Dimensioning w... > Displaying Custom Measurements

Displaying Custom Measurements

You could say that all Visio shapes “know” how big they are. Width and height are among the many properties that Visio records for every object. In addition, many shapes include custom properties. For example, a desk shape in an office layout can have the property Manufacturer, and the valve shape in a piping diagram can have the property Design Pressure. You display these properties automatically in a custom callout shape. Like dimension line shapes, custom callouts have control handles that you can drag to attach the line to a shape. Once glued to a shape, the custom callout can “read” that shape’s custom properties. You can choose which properties will appear on the callout line.

For example, in an office layout, you could use custom callout shapes to display inventory properties for furniture in the drawing, as Figure 16-34 shows. After you set up one custom callout to display the information you want, you can copy the callout and glue it to other shapes that contain the same property.


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