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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac with Jeff Bartels covers the fundamental differences between the 2011 Mac OS X version of AutoCAD and the venerable PC edition, allowing designers to leverage existing AutoCAD skills and easily transition to the new environment. This course runs through both a typical 2D and 3D design workflow, covering its workspace, tools, customization options, and strategies users can apply working in a mixed Windows and Mac environment. Exercise files are included with the course.
Another tool that you'll use frequently in your workflow is the Multileader. Fortunately, the differences between using this tool on the Mac versus using it on the Windows platform are minor. In fact, most AutoCAD users may not even notice the difference. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create and edit Multileaders. On my screen I have a Sign and Post Detail and I would like to add some Callouts to this drawing. Let's start by creating a Multileader Style. To do that, I'll open the Format menu and I'll come down and select Multileader Style.
This opens the Multileader Style Manager. Over here on the left I can see that this drawing currently only has one Multileader Style. That's Standard. I can use these buttons in the lower left to add or remove a Multileader Style. If I click the icon that looks like a gear, I have some additional maintenance options. I'm going to create a new Multileader Style and I will call this callouts. I would like the style to be Annotative and I'll click Continue.
From here, I can define my style by adjusting these settings. Now on the Windows platform the settings are divided up on to tabs, here on the Mac we're using buttons. The important thing to note is that the settings are organized the same way. I'm going to start with the Leader Format group of settings and I'm going to change my Arrowhead Size to 0.12. I'll press Tab to accept this value and then we'll take a look at Leader Structure. Here, I'm going to change my Landing distance, we'll make this 0.1 and I'll press Tab.
Finally I'll click the Content button and let's change our Text Height to 0.10. When I am finished I'll press Tab to accept that value. I'll click OK and Close. To create my Multileaders I am going to make sure that the Annotation toolset is current and I can find all of the tools right here. I'll click this icon to launch the Multileader command, I will then pan this drawing down and we'll zoom in. I would like to start my Multileader at the Shift+Right-Click.
I'll select Midpoint up here and I will pull this out and click. Notice we're seeing the same visor that we see when we create MText, we have all of the same settings as well. Let me type in my Callout. I'm going to grab this arrow, and I'll drag this to the right to get some word-wrap. When I am finished I'll click Save. Another way we can create Multileaders is by using the Dimension menu. If I open this up I can come down and select Multileader, right here.
Let's zoom in and I'll create a Leader that points to this bolt. I'll pull this out and click, and I'll enter my next Callout. Let's drag this over to get some word- wrap and when I'm finished I'll click Save. I am going to create one more. I'll press my Spacebar to re-launch the command, I'll place it to the Endpoint here and then I'll click, and I'll click Save.
Now that I'm finished, I'm going to zoom in at the top of the drawing and I would like to add another Leader to this Callout such that it's pointing at both of the galvanized bolts. I can do that by clicking the Add button over here in the toolset palette. I will then select my Multileader and I'll pull the new Leader out and I'll place it here. When I am finished I'll press Escape. Let's back up. I would also like to align these. To do that, I'll create a crossing window to select all of the leaders.
Then I'll come over and launch the Align Leaders command, I will pick a Multileader that I would like to align the rest to, and then I'll lock my Ortho and I'll pull straight up so these guys are all aligned vertically. Multileaders are just another tool that represents a perfect translation between the Windows and Mac platform. When migrating to this tool on the Mac, you'll have no problem jumping right in and being productive.
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