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Changing the scale assigned to annotations

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Changing the scale assigned to annotations

In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to fix a problem that many beginning students run into, when they start using Annotative Styles, and that is, what do you do if you've already annotated your drawing and you find out you've used the wrong scale? On my screen, I have a mechanical example, and this drawing contains several annotations. If I hover over these, you can see they were created using an Annotative Style. Now all of my annotations were created using an Annotative Scale of 1:1 because I made the assumption that my drawing would fit on the sheet at that scale.

Changing the scale assigned to annotations

In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to fix a problem that many beginning students run into, when they start using Annotative Styles, and that is, what do you do if you've already annotated your drawing and you find out you've used the wrong scale? On my screen, I have a mechanical example, and this drawing contains several annotations. If I hover over these, you can see they were created using an Annotative Style. Now all of my annotations were created using an Annotative Scale of 1:1 because I made the assumption that my drawing would fit on the sheet at that scale.

Let's take a look at our Layout. This is a standard 11-17 inch sheet and this layout contains a Viewport. I'm going to open up the Layer Control, and I'll turn Layer Viewport on. I will then double-click to get in the Viewport and I'll do a Zoom Extents, so I can see my geometry. Now let's set this Viewport to a measurable scale. I'll open the Viewport Scale fly-out and I'll select 1:1. Here's my problem. My annotations look great, but unfortunately my drawing doesn't fit on the sheet.

Let's try this. I'm going to change the Viewport Scale to 1:2. Notice the part fits on the sheet, but all of my annotations disappeared. That's because my annotations were designed for a 1:1 Viewport and this Viewport isn't 1:1. Let's take a look at how we can fix this. First of all, I know I have to go with this scale, so I'm going to center this, a little better and then I'll come down and lock the Viewport. Then I'll double-click to jump out of the Viewport and I'm immediately going to change this scale such that it's accurate.

Then I'll return to Model space and to fix this, I'm going to go to the Annotation Scale fly-out. I'll set this to what I should have used, 1:2. Then I'll click the Annotate tab and I'll come down to the Annotation Scaling Panel. I'll click this fly-out and I'll select Add Current Scale. This will add the current annotation scale to any object that I select. I'm going to select all of these objects and I'll right-click. Now my annotations are appropriately sized for a half-scale Viewport.

Let's zoom in a little bit and notice, if I place my Cursor over this object, we can see that it has two annotative icons. That's because my annotations are now supporting two different annotation scales. If I select this, notice we can see the other scale right there, that's the 1:1 size. Now this isn't a bad thing, but you know what, I don't need the 1:1 scale version anymore. So I'm going to deselect this. Then I'll do a Zoom Extents and let's remove the unnecessary scale.

I'm going to go back to the Annotation Scale fly-out, I'll select 1:1. Then I'll click the Annotation Scaling fly- out, and I'll select Delete Current Scale. This will delete the current scale from any object I select. I'm going to select all of my entities and right-click. Finally, I'll make sure that the Annotation Scale is set to 1:2, in the event I add more annotations later. Now my annotations look pretty good. I'd like to make one change. These dimensions are a little tight.

So I'll select this 6.00 and I'll pull this out a little and I'll pull out the 3.65. Let's do a Zoom Extents, and now that I'm finished, let's return to the layout. As you can see, I didn't have to erase my annotations since start over. We were able to correct the ones we already had. The only thing, I have left to do is turn off my Viewport boundary. So I'll go back to the Home tab. I'll open the Layer Control and I'll turn off Layer Viewport.

In the event, we annotate our drawing using the wrong scale, we don't have to start over. We can simply add the correct scale and then remove the incorrect one from our annotative objects.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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