In SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition 2016 (MBD), enhancements to the Note and Balloon functionalities now provide a more comprehensive annotating tool. Using the Flag Note Bank, one can organize notes in a numbered inventory to clearly communicate instructions to the viewer. Additionally, the notes can be saved and reused on multiple bodies and even on separate parts of an assembly.
I came across it as I was adding a balloon to a part, and found it to be very useful in both MBD and 2D drawings. In MBD, notes are sorted into separate annotation views. In 2D drawings, users can attach a leader directly to a face, and reference the note description elsewhere on the page.
For 2D drawings and MBD, access the Flag Note Bank by adding a note. In MBD, first activate and reorient an Annotation View for the note to belong in. Add a note and attach to a part or assembly using the “Note” feature on the CommandManager. Click anywhere in 3D space to add it. Next, number the notes by selecting the number icon. Add all the necessary content and click the green check mark.
Double click on the note to edit it, and select the number so it is highlighted in black. In the PropertyManager, check the box next to “Add to Flag Note Bank.” A list of the flag notes appears. The Flag Note Bank automatically collects and organizes information about the number, text, and location of the annotation. In MBD, the location will be in one of the Annotation Views. In a 2D drawing, the annotation will be in an outlined box as mapped by the titleblock.