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In AutoCAD 2011: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets, Jeff Bartels shows AutoCAD users how to become more efficient power users, reducing the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, increasing profit margins, and strengthening marketplace competitiveness. The course covers everything from shortcuts used in geometry creation, to program customization, to real world solutions to common problems. Interface customization, block and reference management skills, and express tool usage are also covered. Exercise files are included with the course.
Most production drawings are created using an office template file. On occasion, though, your project may involve finishing drawings that were created by someone outside your office. The important thing is even if your drawing didn't start from a standard template you can still import content from a template as it's needed. In this lesson, we'll learn how to import layouts from a template file into any AutoCAD drawing. On my screen, I have a drawing of a curb detail. Let's say that that I've been working on this at home and I created this drawing using the generic ACAD template because I didn't have access to my office template.
Now let's say that I brought this drawing to work and I'd like to print it using an office title block. To do that I'm going to right-click on one of my layout tabs and I'll select From template and AutoCAD takes me directly into the Template folder where I can select from one of my standard templates. Now, since we're doing a tutorial, the template I'd like to use is in the Exercise Files folder so I am going to open that folder and I'll open up Chapter 7 and I'll select this file called lynda_template.
AutoCAD then shows me the names of the layouts that have been created in that file. I'm going to select the 8.5 x 11 inch layout and I'll click OK. That layout has just been added to my drawing. I'll click to select this, and I'd like to create a viewport, so I'll jump of the View tab. I'll click New. This will be a single viewport and my viewport will be the same size as the title block. I will then double-click to jump in and I will turn off the grid and let's set the scale of this viewport to 1:5.
When I am finished, I'll double-click to jump out. At this point, I only have a few text edits to make and this drawing is ready to print. So, in the event you're working on a final that wasn't started from a standard template you can still get quick access to any of your title blocks by simply right clicking on a layout tab and selecting from template.
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