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Managing layouts

From: AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac

Video: Managing layouts

Layout management on the Windows version of AutoCAD is done through the use of tabs. Well, as you can see, we don't have tabs on the Mac edition, instead we'll be managing our layouts visually using the Show Drawings & Layouts tool. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add, remove, and batch plot the layouts in a drawing. On my screen, I have a drawing that contains three mechanical parts. Now these parts are all related to the same overall project, so I've created them in this one file. Let's take a look at the layouts that have been setup in this drawing. I am going to click the Show Drawings & Layouts tool, and you can see that I have two layouts configured for plotting.

Managing layouts

Layout management on the Windows version of AutoCAD is done through the use of tabs. Well, as you can see, we don't have tabs on the Mac edition, instead we'll be managing our layouts visually using the Show Drawings & Layouts tool. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add, remove, and batch plot the layouts in a drawing. On my screen, I have a drawing that contains three mechanical parts. Now these parts are all related to the same overall project, so I've created them in this one file. Let's take a look at the layouts that have been setup in this drawing. I am going to click the Show Drawings & Layouts tool, and you can see that I have two layouts configured for plotting.

Notice the large previews make it easy to see the contents of each layout. The Front Wheel layout is displaying the geometry for the front wheel and the Foot Pedal layout is displaying the foot pedal geometry. I would like to create a third layout in this drawing to be used to plot the Axle Link geometry. Now there are several ways to create a new layout. Here are just a couple of them. If I right-click on a Layout preview, I can select Create New Layout. I can also open this menu in the corner and select Create New Layout from here.

Then I can give my layout a name, for now I am going to call this Temp, and I'll click Confirm. As you can see I have a brand-new layout in this file, and if I double-click on this, you can see that this is essentially a generic layout. So obviously I have to do a little setup to get this guy ready for printing. I'll tell you what, let's delete this layout and we'll try something else. To delete a layout, I am going to go back to the Show Drawings & Layouts tool. I'll right-click on the layout, and I'll select Delete, and I'll click OK.

Rather than creating a new layout from scratch, I'd rather duplicate one of my existing layouts. To duplicate a layout, I am going to right-click on the Preview and I'll select Duplicate. I'll give the new layout a name, I am going to call this Axle Link and I'll click Confirm. Let's double-click on the Preview and take a look at this layout. The nice thing about this layout is that it's already configured to plot, and it has a titleBlock. All I have to do is make a couple edits to complete this sheet.

I am going to double-click to jump in to the Viewport and we can see down here that the Viewport is set to a scale of 1 X 1. I am going to make sure the Viewport is unlocked, and then I'll pane this down until I can see my Axle Link geometry. Fortunately, my part fits on the sheet at scale of 1 X 1. If that wasn't the case, I could always adjust my scale if necessary. I am going to click to lock the Viewport scale, and then I'll double-click outside the Viewport boundary to jump out.

Finally, let's revise the titleBlock information. I'll double-click on this text, and we'll change this to Axle Link. Then I'll click Save. The scale looks good. Let's change this to Sheet 3 of 3. I am going to back up, so we can see the entire layout, and I'll center this on screen, and let's return to the Show Drawings & Layouts tool.

Now this isn't the problem. We just need to do something to trigger an update. For instance, if I switch to a different layout, and then come back, you can see that the preview is now correct. Having multiple layouts in a single drawing can make it easier to print your files. For instance, if I wanted to print all of these layouts, I can do that by clicking one preview. I will then hold my Shift key to add to the selection, and I'll select any additional layouts that I would like to print. Once the layouts are selected, I can right-click, and select Print to send all of the sheets to my printer.

As you can see Layout management is very intuitive using the Mac edition of AutoCAD, almost anything we need to do can be easily accomplished using the Show Drawings & Layouts tool.

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