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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.
(music playing) Welcome to the AutoCAD 2013 Data Management Workshop, with me, Scott Onstott. I was educated as an architect, and began using AutoCAD over 22 years ago. I decide early in my career to focus on education, and I've taught many classes, and also written and edited numerous books on AutoCAD, and many of the other programs technical and creative people use. The data management workshop is for those wanting to build intelligence into drawing objects, so that the symbols used in your drawings carry meaning beyond simple geometric representations. You'll learn how to embed manufacturer model and pricing data into commonly used blocks so that your drawings become intelligent databases of relevant non-graphical information. This process begins by designing attribute definitions to store whatever types of information you wish, from numerical to text-based data. You will then create invisible attributes that embed data and geometry without it appearing in the drawing area. This invisible data can ultimately appear in tables and other documentation associated with the drawing. Next you will learn to utilize field codes to display information from AutoCAD's database inside text objects. So that this nongraphical data can be made visible. Finally you will format, edit and extract attribute data. For use in external spreadsheets, and/or display within tables in AutoCAD drawings. So if you want to harness the database capabilities of AutoCAD to create intelligent drawings that record more than lines, rectangles, and circles, this course is for you. You don't need to know anything about databases or programming. Everything is accomplished from the convenience of the AutoCAD environment.
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