A reader asked me how to label the scale of individual viewports when they have different scales. You can use fields to accomplish this.
Here’s a drawing with 2 viewports, one on the left and one on the right. Each one uses a different scale.
Here are the steps to label each viewport:
All AutoCAD professionals have to deal with standards. But when a drawing is worked on by multiple people and revised over months or even years, standards can deteriorate quickly. AutoCAD’s CAD Standards tools let you check drawings against your standards. You can check the following in a drawing:
Layers Text styles Dimension styles Linetypes [...]
Ralph, a subscriber to my AutoCAD Tips Newsletter, sent me a drawing that he called “an embarrassment.” He wouldn’t explain the details of why he thought it was so bad, but wanted some advice about how to fix drawings that have been revised over many years.
Old system variables
Some of the issues [...]
Just the very name DDEDIT brings back old memories! Once upon a time, DD was used to indicate that the command opened a dialog box. Now, it seems that there are only 3 left — DDEDIT, DDVPOINT, and DDPTYPE — listed in the alphabetical list of command in AutoCAD’s Help.
But there is no [...]
You can exactly specify the spacing between lines of Mtext. Here’s the procedure:
Select the Mtext object. Select the text by dragging across it. On the Text Editor tab, in the Paragraph panel, choose Line Spacing> More to open the Paragraph dialog box. Check the Paragraph Line Spacing check box. From the Line Spacing [...]
Baseline and continued dimensions are linear dimensions that are based on an existing linear dimension:
Baseline: The second and subsequent dimensions all start at the same point as the existing dimension but end at a different point Continued: The second dimension starts at the end point of the existing dimension Create a baseline dimension [...]
Measuring angles can be challenging. Sometimes, two lines that create an angle don’t even intersect or intersect, but not at their endpoints. For this reason, specifying an accurate vertex for the angle is important.
To dimension an angle, start the DIMANGULAR command. You can get there in two ways:
Home tab> Annotation panel> Dimension [...]
Arc and circle dimensions are not as common as linear dimensions (See Part I), but they are still often used. Here are the basics for getting accurate results.
Dimension a radius
To dimension the radius of a circle or an arc, follow these steps:
Go to Home tab> Annotation panel> Dimension drop-down menu> Radius. [...]
Almost all drawings except schematics have dimensions. Obviously, the purpose of dimensions is to show accurate measurements. So what do you do to create accurate dimensions?
Create a dimension style
You should always use a customized dimension style for your dimensions. I have a tutorial, “Create an architectural dimension style,” which you’ll find useful [...]
Let’s say that you add some text in your drawing, but then decide that the text should really be in a Notes box in your title block.
Or, you add some text in your title block and then think, “No, it should be part of the drawing.”
You can move objects from model space [...]