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.

32 thoughts on “Commas in Sheet Set Manager

  1. 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.

    • 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

  2. 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.

    • 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Thanks for the tip. I was told to use the Shift-Ctrl-Space together method but it only worked once. Don’t ask me how but I never got it to do it again. You tip was perfect and has work each time I used it.

  8. Thanks for the tip. I was told to use the Shift-Ctrl-Space together method but it only worked once. Don’t ask me how but I never got it to do it again. You tip was perfect and has work each time I used it.

  9. Joe – AutoCAD fonts (SHX) don’t always have the same depth as most True Type Fonts. The Alt + 0130 sequence was figured out by going to the Character Map in Windows. Seems to me the AutoCAD font you’re using just doesn’t have a comma character for 0130. Changing your font to a True Type Font (Arial, Times Roman, etc) should fix this for you. The only other option would be to open the Character Map in Windows, and see if you can find another character that looks like a comma, and try it. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you.

    – Donnie

  10. Joe – AutoCAD fonts (SHX) don’t always have the same depth as most True Type Fonts. The Alt + 0130 sequence was figured out by going to the Character Map in Windows. Seems to me the AutoCAD font you’re using just doesn’t have a comma character for 0130. Changing your font to a True Type Font (Arial, Times Roman, etc) should fix this for you. The only other option would be to open the Character Map in Windows, and see if you can find another character that looks like a comma, and try it. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you.

    – Donnie

  11. Thanks for posting the escape sequence for SSM; The code for “Blanks” 0160 works great for me but Alt 0130 for a comma is giving me a headache. My SSM field is using Romand.shx, could this be my problem?

    Thanks Joe

  12. Thanks for posting the escape sequence for SSM; The code for “Blanks” 0160 works great for me but Alt 0130 for a comma is giving me a headache. My SSM field is using Romand.shx, could this be my problem?

    Thanks Joe

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