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A couple of questions on this:
1. Would it be okay to have a separate spec creation service much like the upcoming Adobe XD service? On this service, anyone with a link, can select any objects, and view its dimensions (W/H), colors, fonts etc. Or should it be inside Illustrator.
2. Are you only going to create horizontal, and vertical dimensions? Or would you also like to have angular dimensions as well?
Please share more details about your workflow.
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I think what a lot of users here are trying to say is this: in the sign and printing industries, a lot of customers are designing their parts in Illustrator or another vector graphics software, and send their designs as vector graphics files (often *.ai or *pdf). In my company, we produce circuits that could end up being used for medical devices or military equipment, so repeatedly exporting data or re-drawing between programs can lead to more mistakes.
I can't say that these others do things the same way, but at my company, we export objects to an AutoCAD dwg, apply dimensions, then re-import them to Illustrator. Our alternative is to draw dimensions manually, following a template. If we had the option to insert dimensions based on the files current units, many users would be glad that they don't need to use a work-around.