Commas in Sheet Set Manager

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Sheet Set Manager has certainly made it much easier to create, manage, and plot drawing sheets.  Even still, SSM is not without it’s flaws.  Perhaps one of my all-time SSM annoyances is the fact you cannot insert a comma in a SSM field.  So how did I put a comma in the illustration above?

Well technically there is no comma in the above illustration.  Instead I have inserted a character that looks like a comma.  The secret is to press and hold the ALT key while you type 0130.  It will then insert a character that looks like a comma, but more importantly works with SSM.

The other question I get rather frequently is how to make a SSM field blank.  That solution is very similar to the comma solution.  Instead of typing ALT+0130, type ALT+0160.  The 0160 code will insert a non-breaking space, which will appear blank when plotted.

About Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Training Guide, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

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  • http://indydrafter.com Indydrafter

    I've found that in using this process to place "non-standard" character that, aside from the "Alt" hold, all keying has to be done from the number pad on the keyboard. I don't know if this is isolated to "our" setup, but I've been doing this for a while and in all my and my coworkers' cases, any character code with letters in it won't work from the SSM…nor will entering the numbers from above the letter keys.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/dgladfelter Donnie Gladfelter

      Indydrafter, As you've found, the codes above don't work for ALL fonts out there. By sticking to TrueType fonts in titleblocks, I've had pretty good luck with the codes mentioned above. Still, depending on the font you're using, you may need to use the Character Map (found inside Windows) to find a character that mimics a comma. The number shown in the Character Map is the same number code you'll need to type into SSM.

      Hope that helps,

      Donnie

  • http://indydrafter.com/ Indydrafter

    I've found that in using this process to place "non-standard" character that, aside from the "Alt" hold, all keying has to be done from the number pad on the keyboard. I don't know if this is isolated to "our" setup, but I've been doing this for a while and in all my and my coworkers' cases, any character code with letters in it won't work from the SSM…nor will entering the numbers from above the letter keys.

    • http://thecadgeek.com/ Donnie Gladfelter

      Indydrafter, As you've found, the codes above don't work for ALL fonts out there. By sticking to TrueType fonts in titleblocks, I've had pretty good luck with the codes mentioned above. Still, depending on the font you're using, you may need to use the Character Map (found inside Windows) to find a character that mimics a comma. The number shown in the Character Map is the same number code you'll need to type into SSM.

      Hope that helps,

      Donnie

  • http://indydrafter.com Bryan

    I've found that in using this process to place "non-standard" character that, aside from the "Alt" hold, all keying has to be done from the number pad on the keyboard. I don't know if this is isolated to "our" setup, but I've been doing this for a while and in all my and my coworkers' cases, any character code with letters in it won't work from the SSM…nor will entering the numbers from above the letter keys.

  • http://indydrafter.com/ Bryan

    I've found that in using this process to place "non-standard" character that, aside from the "Alt" hold, all keying has to be done from the number pad on the keyboard. I don't know if this is isolated to "our" setup, but I've been doing this for a while and in all my and my coworkers' cases, any character code with letters in it won't work from the SSM…nor will entering the numbers from above the letter keys.

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  • Eric Louria

    Kinda defeats the use of the project navigator to easily see the name of the plot drawing doesn’t it? The project nav. only shows drawing name and number.

  • Eric Louria

    Kinda defeats the use of the project navigator to easily see the name of the plot drawing doesn’t it? The project nav. only shows drawing name and number.

  • James Carr

    Instead of using the sheetname, use the CurretnSheetDescription. It will tkae commas. But even better, use it with mtext in the title and add the nobreaking spaces where the text you want to stay in the same line together and a normal space to go tothe next line.

  • James Carr

    Instead of using the sheetname, use the CurretnSheetDescription. It will tkae commas. But even better, use it with mtext in the title and add the nobreaking spaces where the text you want to stay in the same line together and a normal space to go tothe next line.