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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
Multileaders can be just as important as dimensions when annotating your drawing. They can be used to specify building materials, typical conditions or give special instructions to the contractor. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create Multileaders. On my screen, I have a detailed drawing. Let's zoom in a little bit, and I have an example of a Multileader right here. Sometimes, these guys are also referred to as callouts. Now, a Multileader is nothing more than a text object that's associated with a leader. Let's create one. The Multileader Tool is located right here in the Annotation Panel.
When I launch the command AutoCAD wants me to place my Arrowhead first. Now, I'd like to point this to the edge of this sidewalk and my running object snap of Endpoint isn't helping me very much here. Let's look at a new Object Snap. I'm going to Shift+Right-Click and in the Object Snap menu, I'll come down and select Nearest. This will ensure that I am selecting a point on this line that's nearest to my Cursor. This is an object snap that you'll use frequently when placing callouts. I will then pull this out and click to define the size of my leader, and now I can enter my text.
Notice that the text that's associated with a Multileader is Multi-line text. So, I have access to all of the same formatting options. As I type this, if I'd like Word Wrap, I can click-and-hold on these arrows and I can drag this out to set the width of my column. When I'm finished with my note, I'll click on screen. One of the nicest things about multileaders is that AutoCAD lets me choose how I'd like to create them.
Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to pan this over and then I'll create another Multileader, and instead of placing the Arrowhead first, I'm going to right-click and select Content first. Now, I can define my column width and I'll add my note. Let's drag this out a little bit wider. When I click on the screen to finish, now I can add my leader.
Depending on where my Cursor is, I can attach the leader to either side of the note. I'm going to place this Nearest to this line. It's important to note that whichever placement method you use last, that will become the default method the next time you launch the Multileader command. I'm going to pan this up and I'll create one more. Now I prefer to place the Arrowhead first. So, I'm going to right- click and select Arrowhead. I will point this to Nearest to this line. I'll pull out and click, and then I'll enter my note.
Finally, I'll drag this over to give myself a little Word Wrap. When it comes to adding callouts to your drawing, nothing is as flexible or fast as Multileaders.
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