Is it possible to nest an annotation inside a family of another category, but have the annotation ignore the VG settings of the host category?
I thought it would be a bright idea to include electrical connectors and symbols within certain families from other categories (electric water coolers, air conditioners, electric water heaters, automatic lavs, etc.). That way, it’s easier to ensure that when, say, an architect adds a water cooler, it will have all the graphics pieces necessary for plumbing and electrical plans, and all the connectors necessary to size pipes, circuit it, and so forth.
I tried implementing a water cooler as a simple test case, and included a symbol for an electrical receptacle with the water cooler. The connector worked fine. The annotation seemed to be working great, until I checked what would happen if I wanted to half-tone the plumbing fixtures. The nested annotation symbol gets half-toned, too, which I don’t want.
Is there a way to get the annotation to stay black when you half-tone the category of the host? I tried to make the annotation symbol shared, but “Shared annotations can not be used in 3d model families,” according to the error message I got.
I guess I could probably use a group to do this, but I hoped to do it in a family, because families seem to be a little more idiot-proof. Also, I’ve heard that extensive use of groups can result in substantially slower performance (like 30-60 minutes per day, according to some anecdotal reports).