Annotating a Drawing with Balloons

This Tech Tip explains how to annotate a drawing with a balloon and arrow.

You specify the number of text lines that appear in each balloon and whether the balloon has an arrow or not using Settings > Set Balloon Defaults.


If you choose to attach an arrow to the balloon, the parameters of this arrow (for example its color and whether it is a blob or a slash) are specified in the Set Arrow Defaults function. The text parameters are set in the Set Text Defaults option. The label origin is, however, always ignored as the text is always centred. The color of the balloon circle is defined in the Line Defaults.

Select Annotate > Add Balloon

The program prompts:

Enter text position for balloon

Position the cursor where you want the balloon text to appear. This will be the centre of the text (i.e. as though the label origin was set to 15). Press [Enter] or click.

The program prompts:

Enter first text for balloon

Type the text for the balloon and click on ü or press [Enter]. For each new balloon that you enter, this text item will be incremented. So if the first text in the first balloon was DWA, the text in the second balloon will be DWB, then DWC and so on. If the text in the first was 1, the second will be 2, then 3 and so on.

If you have specified two lines of text in the Set Balloon Defaults option AllyCAD will now prompt:

Enter second text for balloon

Type the second line of text for the balloon and click on the 'tick' icon or press [Enter]. If you leave this line blank, only the first piece of text will be written and will be placed in the centre of the balloon. If you enter text, the balloon will be divided into two equal portions by a straight line.

If you have specified arrows in the Set Balloon Defaults option AllyCAD will now prompt:

Enter next point for arrow (press [Space Bar] to produce arrow head)

Position the cursor where you want the arrow head or a bend in the arrow tail to be and press [Enter] or click. This prompt will be repeated until you press the [Space-Bar], click on Done or ü to add an arrow head to the line you have just drawn.

The program prompts:

Enter text position for balloon

Position the cursor where you want balloon text to appear and press [Enter] or click. Alternatively cancel balloon drawing by choosing another function, pressing the [Space-Bar], clicking on Done or the 'tick' icon.


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