Frequent tipster Danny Korem is not worried about getting AutoCAD dimensions correct, and here he explains why.
"I have used tens of thousands of dimension styles in the last few weeks alone. After finding the right configuration of a dimension style, I'll never touch that dimension style again. I also prefer annotative dimension styles.
"Once I have the first dimension, I put it at the proper layer and drag it into my palette within the tool palettes. Next time I need to use it, it will create a dimension on the specified layer no matter which layer is current. Then, while selecting from within the palette, I'll opt for QDIM (Quick Dimensions that are Automatic), then help select the direction for the new dimensions (either vertical or horizontal) by delicately moving the mouse, and voila!
"Note: If I use more than one dimension string, I can take advantage of the DimSpace command, which lets me select a bunch of dimensions and specify the distance between the dimension strings."
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton: Tool palettes are often left for blocks and hatch patterns. Users often overlook, or are not aware of, the fact that you can also add dimensions to a tool palette. Just do as the tipster says above: Drag a dimension to your tool palette and drop it in. The style, layer, etc., will or can be set in the palette. Now that the dimension is in the palette, you have easy access to it and its settings to use in any drawing from this point out. It’s an easy way to set up custom or special dimstyles in order to have quick and easy access to them.