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In the context of ArcGIS Pro dimensioning, templates are also named Dimension Styles. You can use the subsequent dialog of the context action Properties of the dimension style to create and edit these templates.

The templates to be created here should only contain the symbology and the design of the dimensions. All positions and alignments are determined and assigned at runtime. The default values must be retained in the parameterization of the templates, unless explicitly stated.

In order to define a template family, currently eight templates have to be created. Templates for the scales 1:1000, 1:500, 1:250, 1:125 must be created. For each scale there is a template for a reliable and an unreliable representation of the dimensions.

To be able to interpret the templates programmatically, fixed naming conventions must be followed. The name of the family can be freely chosen. As an indicator of reliability, the abbreviations Rel and Unrel are predefined.


Naming convention

<Scale>_<Name Family>_Default_<Identifier Reliability>


This means that for a template family called Blue (as example) the following templates have to parameterized:

1000_Blue_Default_Rel (Size 144 pts)


500_Blue_Default_Rel (Size 72 pts)


250_Blue_Default_Rel (Size 36 pts)


125_Blue_Default_Rel (Size 18 pts)



The following two screenshots each show the settings for reliable and unreliable representation. The Size shall be adjusted by the values given for the scale. Via the button Edit Text Symbol... you can define the design of the texts.


All settings under "Position" and "Rotation" must be left as specified. In particular, the "Below/Right" text margin line must be retained. All alignments are calculated and assigned while editing.


"Align text to dimension" must always be deactivated. Otherwise, abscissas and ordinates, for example, cannot be aligned depending on their geometric gradient.









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