AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Creating text and leaders

Not only can you use AutoCAD WS to add comments to a drawing, its collection of annotation tools can also be used to do some light level production work. In this lesson, we're going to add some annotations to a drawing. Let's say that I'm an engineer, and I'm working out of my house today. I was just emailed this detail drawing by a co-worker such that I can review it before it goes on the production drawings. After looking at this file for a few minutes, I'd like to add a note. Now, rather than adding my note as a comment for revision, I'm going to see if I can use some of the annotation tools to create production-ready text.

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2h 23m Beginner Nov 19, 2012

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This course covers the basics of AutoCAD WS, focusing on workflows and collaboration that will help you and your team work more efficiently with this cloud-based CAD application. Author Jeff Bartels explains how to use the mobile and browser versions of the app, how to upload files and folders, and how to access and review drawing content. The course also shows how to perform standard markups, edit geometry and annotations, and plot to both PDF and DWF formats. A dedicated collaboration chapter demonstrates how to share drawings and use the Timeline feature to keep track of a drawing's version history.

Topics include:
  • Creating an AutoCAD WS account
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Viewing and editing drawings
  • Taking measurements
  • Redlining desired changes
  • Accessing and sharing drawings remotely
  • Editing annotations
  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Plotting drawings to PDF or DWF
  • Incorporating aerial underlays
  • Practicing real-time collaboration
Subject:
CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Creating text and leaders

Not only can you use AutoCAD WS to add comments to a drawing, its collection of annotation tools can also be used to do some light level production work. In this lesson, we're going to add some annotations to a drawing. Let's say that I'm an engineer, and I'm working out of my house today. I was just emailed this detail drawing by a co-worker such that I can review it before it goes on the production drawings. After looking at this file for a few minutes, I'd like to add a note. Now, rather than adding my note as a comment for revision, I'm going to see if I can use some of the annotation tools to create production-ready text.

I'll start by setting the appropriate layer current. If I click on one of these callouts, I can see here in the Layer Control that it's sitting on a layer called det-notes. So, I'm going to press Escape. I will then open the Layer Control, and I'll click to set this notes layer current. I will then use the Zoom Window tool, and we'll zoom in on the lower-left corner of the drawing. I will then go to the Annotate Tab, and I'll launch the Text Command.

Then I'll click two points on screen to define the width of my column. Using this menu on the left, I can select a font. Since Arial is the Office standard, I'll select Arial from the list. I can then use the menu next door to assign a height. By default, AutoCAD WS is set to Fit to View such that the created text is readable on screen. To choose another height, I will open the menu, and as you can see, we don't have a lot of choices. Fortunately, 0.1 is a common text type for small detailed drawings like this one.

So, I will select this height, and then I'll enter my text. If I wanted, I could use these icons to the right to change the text justification. If I selected some text, I could use this menu to change its color. I'm going to change this back to By layer. I could also use these icons at the end to overline or underline text. As long as I'm here, I'm going to select this word Note, and then I will underline it.

I'll click Apply when finished. Let's pan the drawing over to the upper-right corner. AutoCAD WS also makes it easy to add callouts. If I open the Leader menu, you'll see that the default leader style is called AutoCAD WS. Now just like default text, this style will automatically size itself properly for screen viewing. That being said, if I open this menu, I can also select one of the premade multi-leader styles that exists in the drawing.

I'm going to select JWB-mleaders because this style matches the settings of the other leaders in the drawing. I will then click the Leader icon to launch the command. I'll click to place the arrow-head. I will then click again, and I'll enter my text. As you can see, the text height is automatically sized to match the selected style. The only thing I have to do is manually press Enter to create the next line of text.

When I'm finished, I'll click Apply. Let's pan this back to the lower-left, and we'll create one more leader. I'm going to press Enter to re-launch the Leader Command. I'll click to place the arrowhead, I'll click again, and I'll add the final note. Now, it's worth mentioning that if I needed to add dimensions here, I could use the same technique of selecting a production style that already exists in this drawing.

Let me also mention that at present time, AutoCAD WS does not support the annotative property. So, if you attempt to use an annotative dimension or multi-leader style, your annotations may not be sized as expected. I'm going to click the Dimension icon again to close this menu. And now that I'm finished updating the drawing, I'll do a Zoom Extents. And this file is now ready to be sent back to my co-worker. As you can see, even though AutoCAD WS has a limited toolset, it is still possible to create some production-ready annotations.

If the circumstances are right, AutoCAD WS can be the perfect tool for doing drawing touchups when you're outside the office.

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