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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Editing annotations


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Editing annotations

In addition to revising line work, most change orders also require some text editing. Fortunately, AutoCAD WS makes quick work of touching up your annotations. In this lesson, we're going to edit some text. On my screen is a drawing that represents a Detail of a typical Curb and Gutter. Let me mention that, this drawing was created using traditional AutoCAD, and it contains annotations that were generated using several different text tools. I am going to roll the mouse wheel forward, and I'll pan the Notes over to the center of the screen.

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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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
Subjects:
Architecture CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Editing annotations

In addition to revising line work, most change orders also require some text editing. Fortunately, AutoCAD WS makes quick work of touching up your annotations. In this lesson, we're going to edit some text. On my screen is a drawing that represents a Detail of a typical Curb and Gutter. Let me mention that, this drawing was created using traditional AutoCAD, and it contains annotations that were generated using several different text tools. I am going to roll the mouse wheel forward, and I'll pan the Notes over to the center of the screen.

To edit this text, I'll double-click on it, same workflow used in AutoCAD. This gives me access to the text editor, and I can make some changes. I'll start by dragging across the word Notes, and I'll underline it by clicking the underline icon. I will then click to place my cursor at the end of the first note, and I'll add some additional text. Finally, since these notes are a little close together, I am going to press the Enter key at the end of each note to separate them a little.

When I am finished, I can click the Apply button, or I could click on screen to close the editor. Now, in case you're wondering when this text was created in AutoCAD, it was created as a bulleted list. Even though I've adjusted the formatting here a little bit, if I were to reopen this drawing in AutoCAD, this text will still be considered a bulleted list. Let's pan the drawing over, and we'll look at leaders next. To edit the Edge Of Pavement leader, I'm going to double-click on it, and notice that nothing happens.

There's a reason for this. I am going to press Escape to deselect. This leader was created using AutoCAD's Multileader command. At present time, AutoCAD WS does not support Multileader editing. This leader down below was created using AutoCAD's Quick Leader command. If I double-click, this leader type is editable in AutoCAD WS. Now, I actually don't need to change this note. So I'm going to press Escape to cancel out of the command. What I would like to do is copy this callout down such that I can label the crushed stone installation below.

I'm going to select the leader and the text. I will then launch the Copy command from the toolbar. I'll pick it up from the endpoint of the arrowhead, and I'll place it down here in the Hatch area. When I am finished, I'll press Escape. Then I can double-click this text to bring up the editor, I'll select it and add my new note. When it comes to Annotations, a quick way to tell if text is editable is to simply click on it, and look for the Edit Text icon here in the toolbar.

If you see the icon, you can edit the text. I'm going to pan the drawing up, and I'll zoom in a little bit because I'd like to edit this title next. This is a single-line text object. If I double-click on this, you'll see that the editor is much more limited for this type of object, that's all right. It will still work perfectly for what I need to do. I am going to place my cursor at the beginning of the line, and I'm going to add the name of this Curb And Gutter type, B6.18. I will then select this word AND, and I'll replace it with an ampersand symbol.

I will then select the word DETAIL at the end, and I'll press Delete to remove it. When I am finished, I'll click on screen. At this point, you may be wondering if you can edit dimension text. Well, I am afraid the answer is no. How do I know this? Well, if I select a dimension, you'll notice there is no Edit Text tool here in the toolbar. If I double-click on a dimension, I could click to select these grips, and then use them to reposition the dimension, but at present time, this is really the only change I can make.

Note that if you do reposition the dimension this way, the formatting may appear slightly different. That being said, if this drawing were reopened in AutoCAD, this dimension would look just fine. I'd like to make one more text change. I'm going to pan up, and then we'll zoom in on the slub label. To edit the text, I'll double-click on it. Knowing what we know now, this is obviously a single line text object, I am going to select the one and the apostrophe down here on the end, and I'll change this to read FOOT. I'll click on screen when finished.

I would also like to reposition this slightly, I'll do that by selecting the text, I'll launch the Move command. I'm going to click to pick the text up out here in space, and then I will move it over and click again to put it back down. Now that I'm finished, I'll do a Zoom Extents by right- clicking, and I'll choose Zoom Extents from the menu. As you can see, not only can AutoCAD WS edit geometry, it's also a great way for making touchups to your annotations. Using this tool, everyone involved with a project is capable of making meaningful revisions to drawings.

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