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In this workshop, AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to build intelligence into drawing objects so that the symbols used in your drawings carry meaning beyond simple geometric representations. Learn how to embed manufacturer, model, and pricing data into commonly used blocks; create invisible attributes that embed data in geometry without it appearing in the drawing area; and use field codes to display information from the AutoCAD database inside text objects. Plus, discover how to format, edit, and extract attribute data for use in external spreadsheets and/or for display within tables in AutoCAD drawings.
Attributes are text or numerical data associate with the geometry of blocks. Attributes can appear as visible text in a drawing or invisible data that can later be extracted into a spreadsheet or table. Before we get started in defining Attributes, we will create a text style to control the appearance of the Attribute data we anticipate creating. This text style is the first step in data management, because it will set us up for creating attribute definitions. Which will ultimately be included in blocks and filled with values, which in turn, will be extracted and presented in tables.
Go ahead and open the Office 1 project file to begin. Switch to the Drafting and Annotation workspace if it's not already current. Then go to the Annotation panel and expand the slide out. Click this first icon to open the Text Style Dialog Box. And create a new Text Style. Give it the name Attributes. And click OK. Select a font name from the list.
Scroll down and choose Simplex. It's an AutoCAD shape font and it's very simple and clean. Change the height to 3 inches and also specify a narrower width factor. Highlight the value and change it to 0.9. Click Apply and Close. Click the Save As icon on the Quick Access toolbar and save your work in My Files subfolder.
Take care not to overwrite the existing sample files and save your work as Office 2. In this lesson, you've created a textile to configure the appearance of attribute data. You specified a font, text type, and width factor, to create clear and readable attribute data.
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