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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.
Every chapter in this workshop comes with a set of project files. These are organized in folders corresponding with the chapter names. So, for example, I'll open Designing Attributes and Storing Attribute Data. This chapter contains a number of AutoCAD drawings which are numbered sequentially. It also contains a My Files subfolder. This is where you'll be saving your own work. Take special care not to overwrite any of the existing files in the chapter folders, and always save your work in the My Files subfolders.
Double-click on Office 1 to see where the project begins. If you'd like to take a look at where the project ends up, at the end of all three chapters, go ahead and Open, go up a level, and go into the Extracting, Linking And Presenting Data In Tables folder. And then open the highest-numbered file, which is Office 14. Let's go back to the open dialog box. I recommend saving the project files folder over here on the left. To do that, go up a level, and then go up another level, until you can see the project files folder.
Drag it over here onto the left, and drop. Then you'll have a link which will take you directly to the chapter folders. So let's get started.
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