Creating Flag Notes 

This task shows you how to create an annotation flag note.
A flag note allows you to add links to your document and then use them to jump to a variety of locations, for example to a marketing presentation, a text document or a HTML page on the intranet.
You can add links to models, products and parts as well as to any constituent elements.
  Two kinds of flag note may be created:
  • Flag note with Leader
  • Flag note
A flag note is assigned an unlimited width text frame
You can set  graphic properties (anchor point, text size and justification) either before or after you create the free text.
See Setting Basic Graphical Properties.
You can change any flag note to another kind at any time.
You can specify a hidden text to the flag note.
Open the Annotations_Part_04.CATPart document.
  1. Activate the Front View.2 annotation plane.

  2. Click Flag Note with Leader  in Annotations toolbar.

  1. Select the face as shown to define a location for the arrow end of the leader.


  • This scenario illustrates the creation of a flag note by selecting geometry, but you can also select any Part Design or Generative Shape Design feature in the specification tree. In this case, the created annotation will not be attached to the selected feature, but to its geometrical elements at the highest level.
  • If the active view is not valid, a message appears informing you that you cannot use the active view.
    Therefore, the application is going to display the annotation in an annotation plane normal to the selected face.
    For more information, see View/Annotation Planes.
  1. The Flag Note Definition dialog box appears.

    • You may specify the flag note's name link in the Name field.
    • You may specify one or several links associated with the flag note in the URL field clicking the Browse... button.
    • In the Link to File or URL list  you can see the list of links:
      • To activate one of them, select it and click the Go to button.
      • To remove one of them, select it and click the Remove button.
      • To edit one of them, select it and click the Edit button.
    • Clicking the More > > button lets you define a hidden text which is displayed with the list of links in a tooltip when the mouse pointer stays on the flagnote
      • You can write your text or import it from a text file.
      • You can leave the field blank.

    The Tools Palette is displayed according to the type of face selected depending on the canonicity. In this scenario the Tools Palette is not used. For more information, refer to section Propagating Geometry Selection for Feature Creation.

Links and Hidden text in a Flagnote are not extracted in drawing view.
  1. Define the flag note:

    • the name: New Annotation
    • a link:
    • a hidden text: Go to the world of 3DS
  1. Click OK to end the flag note creation. You can click anywhere in the geometry area too.

    The flag note appears in the geometry, the tooltip containing the URL and the hidden text is displayed when the mouse pointer stays on the flag note.
    The leader is associated with the element you selected. If you move either the text or the element, the leader stretches to maintain its association with the element.

    Moreover, if you change the element associated with the leader, the associativity  between the element and the leader is kept.

    • The Text Properties toolbar lets you define the anchor point, text size and justification.
    • You must have activated the 3D Annotations query to visualize the tooltip.
  2. Click Flag Note  in Annotations toolbar.

  1. Select the face as shown.

  2. Enter your flag note name, for example "New Annotation 2" in the dialog box, specify a link and click OK.

    The flag note appears in the geometry.
    You can move a flag note using the drag capability. See Moving Annotations.
    Note also that you can resize the manipulators. For more information, refer to Customizing for 3D Functional Tolerancing & Annotations.
The flag notes (identified as Flag and its name between brackets) are added to the specification tree in the Notes group.