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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
Multileaders are one of the easiest annotations to edit, which is nice because in a busy drawing, they're one of the first things you start moving to give yourself more room. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to edit our Multileaders. On my screen I have a drawing that has several Multileaders. Let's makes some changes. I'm going to zoom in on this leader, and we'll talk about text first. If you'd like to edit Multileader text, double-click on it. This brings up the text editor where you can make your changes. I'm going to click and place my cursor at the end of the note, and I'll add a carriage return and another note.
Since this is the multi-line text editor, I also have access to any of these features up here as well. When I'm finished, I'll click on screen. Now, let's talk about how we would reposition a Multileader. We'll do that using grips. If I select this Multileader, notice a series of grips pop up. If I select the grip closest to the leader, I can use this to reposition the callout. If I pull this far enough over, the leader will snap to the other side the note. If I select this grip farthest from the leader, I can drag this back and forth and adjust the column width.
I'm going to click to set the column width right here. Notice that's not what you were expecting. That's not what I was expecting either. I was expecting a very narrow column. You know what happened? My running object snap got in my way. I'm going to click Undo, let's select this again, I'll select my grip and notice as I drag this over, my endpoint running object snap is trying to grab the endpoint of the landing line. Be mindful of your running object snaps. I'm going to come down and turn my running object snaps off momentarily.
If I need an object snap, I'll grab it manually from the menu. Notice, there's a grip at the end of the arrowhead. I can use this to reposition the arrow and point this callout to another location. If I pull this far enough over, the leader will snap to the other side of the note. I'm going to press Esc to deselect this and let's take a look at the landing line. Notice there's some grips here. If I use these arrows on either end, I can drag these out to change the length of the landing line. If I select the grip in the middle, I can reposition the callout by holding this landing line.
Let's zoom out and I'll pan this drawing down and let's take a look at this Multileader. Maybe I would like to add a leader to this callout. To do that, I'll move up and click the Multileader fly-out and I'll select Add Leader. I will then select the Multileader. this gives me another arrow, I'm going to pull this out and I'll point it right here. Notice AutoCAD always assumes you want to add more than one. I'm going to pull another one out and I'll place it here. When I'm finished, I'll press my Esc key.
Now, even though there is three leaders associated with this callout, if I select it and try and move it, notice all of the leaders go along for the ride. Now, let's talk about how we can remove a leader from a callout. Once again, I'll come back to the Multileader fly-out and I'll select Remove Leader. I will then select my Multileader and then I'll select the leader that I'd like to remove and press Enter. Let's back up. In this drawing I have several Multileaders on this right side. Maybe I would like to align them all.
To do that, I'll click the Multileader fly-out and I'll select Align, I will then select all of the Multileaders that I'd like to align up and right-click. Finally, I'll select the Multileader I would like to align the rest of them too. I'll select this one and this looks little weird. AutoCAD needs to know my alignment direction. I'm going to press F8 to lock my Ortho, I'll pull this straight up and click and AutoCAD aligned all of these Multileaders vertically. I'm going to zoom in on this note. I'll pan this over a little bit.
We can also make changes to our Multileaders using the property changer. I'll select this and then I'll open up the property changer. Now, there are a lot of settings here. I'm going to click these triangles to collapse a couple of these groups. Notice, I have a Leaders Group and a Text Group. This is where I can make changes independently of my Multileader Style. As an example, I'll change the size of the arrowhead. I'll select this value and I'll change the Arrowhead Size to 0.1 and I'll press Enter. Let's change the Text Height. I'll come down to the Text Group, I'll click on the Height setting and I'll change this to 0.25 and I'll press Enter.
Finally, since this is multi-line text, I'm going to come down to the Line space factor and I'll change this to 0.7, to tighten this text up a little bit. Make sure to experiment with the Multileader settings in the property changer, you'll find that you can make specific Multileaders look just about anyway you like. Now that I'm finished, I'll let that collapse and I'll press Esc to deselect. Let's do one more thing, I'm going to come back down and turn on my running object snaps. I'm sure you'll agree that Multileaders are one of the most flexible annotation tools and they're easy to edit as your dimensions or text.
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