AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training
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Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts


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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts

The best part about layouts is that you can re-use them. This means you only have to setup your 11/17 inch layout one time and then you can use it for any other drawing you wish to print to 11/17 paper. Let's try that. I'm going to come up and click my Open button and we are going to go inside the Chapter 15 folder located inside our Exercise Files directory. And I'm going to come down and open up drawing number 6, the Stereo Viewer. So I will highlight that and we will click Open to bring him up on screen. Now I would like to print this drawing within my company 11/17 inch title block.
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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 29s
    3. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 23m 16s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 21s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 24s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 46s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 23s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 59s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 12s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 35s
  3. 19m 8s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 1s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 2s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 11s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 24s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 34s
    6. Using templates
      2m 56s
  4. 16m 37s
    1. The Line command
      3m 17s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 45s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 27s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 8s
  5. 15m 51s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 13s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 1s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 37s
  6. 20m 52s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 50s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 35s
  7. 23m 33s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 22s
    2. Ellipse
      6m 0s
    3. Hatch
      8m 34s
    4. Polygon
      4m 37s
  8. 23m 28s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 45s
    2. Rotate
      5m 6s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 6s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 30s
  9. 12m 38s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 49s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 44s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 5s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 55s
    2. Fillet
      5m 3s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 36s
    4. Array
      8m 2s
    5. Mirror
      6m 54s
    6. Stretch
      5m 51s
    7. Scale
      5m 19s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 17s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 48s
  11. 26m 8s
    1. Layers
      3m 32s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 8s
    3. Layer control
      4m 30s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 27s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 31s
  12. 43m 16s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 47s
    2. Text justification
      7m 3s
    3. Text styles
      7m 31s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 30s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 7s
    7. Symbols
      6m 19s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 35s
  13. 29m 0s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 36s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 39s
    3. Callouts
      6m 42s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 53s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 17s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 31s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 5s
  15. 25m 10s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 16s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 47s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 8s
    4. Building your library
      4m 59s
  16. 48m 45s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 42s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 37s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 23s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 13s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 18s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 16s
    7. Scale factors
      4m 0s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 17s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 48s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 10m 1s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 5s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 12s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 44s
  18. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting and design program that is the industry standard for a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. AutoCAD 2008 features several improvements over previous versions, but the core functionality and workflows have remained consistent for years. Users who have any of the more recent editions of the software will find AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training to be a valuable resource. Instructor Jeff Bartels has taught and used AutoCAD for a decade, and in this course he focuses on the difficult to master concepts that matter most to professional AutoCAD users. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Opening, viewing, saving, and sharing drawings
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Mastering drawing fundamentals and specialized commands
  • Defining units of measure and controlling accuracy
  • Making primary modifications and major changes to a drawing
  • Organizing layers and reusable content
  • Annotating and dimensioning
  • Plotting with layouts
  • Sizing linetypes, modelspace text, and dimensions for a plot
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Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts

The best part about layouts is that you can re-use them. This means you only have to setup your 11/17 inch layout one time and then you can use it for any other drawing you wish to print to 11/17 paper. Let's try that. I'm going to come up and click my Open button and we are going to go inside the Chapter 15 folder located inside our Exercise Files directory. And I'm going to come down and open up drawing number 6, the Stereo Viewer. So I will highlight that and we will click Open to bring him up on screen. Now I would like to print this drawing within my company 11/17 inch title block.

Now I don't have to go through the steps of setting up the title block because I already have an 11/17 inch layout that I used in a different drawing. What I would like to do is extract the 11/17 layout from that previous drawing and use it in this one. Let's try that. I can extract the layout using the Design Center so I'm going to come up and click my Design Center icon, brings up my Design Center on screen. He happens to remain the last place that we were. Remember the left panel is just like Windows Explorer so all I have to do is navigate to the location of that other drawing.

Let me collapse Chapter 14 and I'm going to come down and open up Chapter 15 and I saved that drawing as number 6, 80s Video Game Controller Finished. Let me click the plus to open up this drawing. Remember that the Design Center surpasses Windows Explorer because it lets us navigate into an AutoCAD drawing. In my list of available things that I can steal from this file is our layouts. Let me click on the Layouts heading and over on the right side of my screen I can see the layouts that exist in that file.

If I want to bring a layout into the current drawing, all I have to do is click and hold on it and drag it into the file and release. Now when I release watch the bottom of my screen. Notice I now have an 11/17 layout. Once again we are done with the Design Center. Let's click the x and cut him loose. Alright I'm going to click on my 11/17 tab. Notice that he is all set up and ready to go. In fact I believe that I had already got a viewport. Let's check the Layer Control. Let me click the dropdown. Yes, in fact I do have a viewport it happens to be off.

Let me turn it on. Now remember that a viewport is like a window to model space. You may be wondering why don't I see my part. Well, the window in this layout is looking at the area where the other part was. There is no guarantee that my current drawing is in the same coordinate location as the previous one. That's alright, let's find it. Remember if I double click if I double click in a viewport, I can jump in and at this point I'm just going to do is Zoom Extents. I'm going to double-click my wheel. There is my part. Alright let's set this viewport to a measurable scale.

I'm going to move my cursor outside onto the sheet of a paper and double-click. I'm now working on my layout. Let me click the edge of the viewport to highlight it and I'm going to come down and set my scale. Let me click the dropdown and I am going to try a scale of 1 to 1. I will come up and click. Boy, it didn't change very much. In fact it's pretty tight within my viewport. Notice that my viewport has grips. Don't forget about these. I can tweak my viewport just by dragging these grips. I can open it and close it and make it as big or small as I want.

I'm going to drag my viewport edge up to this corner let's drag the other viewport edge down to this corner. There we go. Now I'm sure that my part fits within my viewport and I can see all of my dimensions. Let me come down and lock the viewport so I don't accidentally mess up the scale. Let me hit Escape to clear the grips and we are now ready to plot the drawing all I have to do is right-click, Plot, OK. Once again here is a finished copy of my print.

Imagine if you created a master drawing on your network that contained all of your typical title blocks saved as layouts. Anytime you needed to add a title block to a drawing you could simply drag and drop a layout from your master file. Layouts give you the power of automating your title block insertions and reduce the effort of plotting to just three clicks of your mouse.

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