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The owner of drawing elements
For many Creo Elements/Direct Annotation operations, an owner must be given for added drawing elements. This is done in the Owner box. When a default owner has not yet been set, the dialog appears automatically. After the owner has been specified for the given context, it remains the default until you change it.
To set a different default owner, click Owner.
The concept of ownership
The elements comprising an Creo Elements/Direct Annotation drawing are owned by top elements, such as sheets or views, either directly or via intermediate owners. For example, a sketch can be owned by another sketch that is in turn owned by a view. The first sketch in this case is ultimately also owned by the view. Performing certain operations (such as deleting) upon the view therefore affects both sketches.
Manually created elements do not have any associative relationship with the 3D model. Examples of such elements are: construction geometry, geometry, texts, and symbols (that have not been transferred from 3D).
Ownership is particularly important for such operations as scaling, rotating and deleting. For example, geometry owned by a sheet is not scaled when a view is scaled, and geometry owned by a view is also rotated when the view is rotated.
Each of the following five contexts maintains a separate owner setting:
Geometry (except for construction geometry)
Construction geometry
Each of these might have a different default owner, which must be declared before you first add elements. If you try to add an element to a location on the sheet that is not contained by the current owner (for that type of element), Creo Elements/Direct Annotation asks for confirmation of the operation. This helps prevent you from inadvertently creating elements belonging to the wrong owner.
When you change the active sheet, the default owners are cleared. The Owner dialog again appears automatically before you add elements to the new active sheet.
Bind owner contexts
You can bind ownership contexts so that some or all contexts share the same default owner setting. This saves time, for example, if you usually add construction geometry and normal geometry to the same owner. Of course, it is always possible to change an owner again regardless of the default setting. By default, all ownership contexts share one common owner setting as done by the following command.
To bind all ownership contexts to share a common default owner setting, enter the following line in the user input line:
(docu-set-common-owner :all)
To bind pairs of ownership contexts, enter the following line:
(docu-set-common-owner '((context1 context2) (context3 context4) . . . ))
To bind a group of ownership contexts, enter the following line:
(docu-set-common-owner '((context1 context2 context3 . . .)))
The contextn entries can be the following:
default geometry owner
default construction geometry owner
default text owner
default symbol owner
default sketch owner
To remove all binds on the owner contexts, enter the following line:
(docu-set-common-owner nil)
You can also add the above lines to a customization file, such as the am_customize file.
If you need to determine the current bound-owner settings, enter (display (docu-set-common-owner)) in the user input line. Creo Elements/Direct Annotation opens an output display listing the groups of bound owners.
Set the owner
To set a different default owner, click the Owner button in a relevant creation dialog box. With flyby highlighting, you can easily see and click to select a view, sketch, or frame. Click outside the highlighted areas to select the active sheet as the owner.
To change the owner of an existing symbol, select the symbol in the viewport, right-click and select Highlight Owner in the context menu. The Hilite Owner dialog box opens. To set the owner to be:
The active sheet: Click Act Sheet.
The active frame: Click Act Frame.
A specific view: Click View, and specify the view in one of the following ways:
Enter the full path and name of the view in the data entry field, or in the user input line within double quotes ("").
Click the view in the Creo Elements/Direct Annotation Viewport.
Select the view from the Drawing Browser.
A specific sketch: Click Sketch, and specify the sketch as for views.
The owner of a sketch can be seen in the Drawing Browser. You can also change the owner of a sketch; see Move a sketch and change the owner.