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Sometimes we have more to say than what we have room for in our drawings. In cases like this we need some strategies for squeezing large amounts of text into tight spaces. In this lesson we're going to take a look at a few text squeezing strategies. On my screen I have an example of a mechanical drawing. Let's zoom in on the title block area. Now, currently all my text fits nicely within these rectangular shapes. Let's say I would like to change my drawing number information. I am going to double-click this. As you can see this is single line text and I'm going to change this to Concept 1.
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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 47m 11s
    1. Adding relevant data to Quick Properties and tooltips
      5m 38s
    2. Creating custom ribbon tabs and panels
      8m 55s
    3. Creating macro-enabled tools
      10m 29s
    4. Increasing speed with command aliases
      4m 44s
    5. Finding commands and system variables using Auto Complete
      2m 35s
    6. Optimizing the size of palettes
      3m 17s
    7. Accessing drawings using Favorites
      2m 25s
    8. Controlling notification bubbles
      2m 24s
    9. Restoring hidden messages
      3m 53s
    10. Following a blog from within AutoCAD
      2m 51s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Disabling mode settings on the fly
      3m 28s
    2. Finding hatch boundaries in busy drawings
      3m 32s
    3. Generating boundaries from difficult shapes
      2m 20s
    4. Calculating the overall length of multiple entities
      6m 16s
    5. Calculating the area of multiple shapes
      4m 42s
    6. Flattening geometry to a single elevation
      4m 0s
    7. Trimming all entities to one side of an object
      2m 42s
    8. Eliminating duplicated geometry
      5m 10s
    9. Creating true offsets
      3m 44s
    10. Finding errors when joining multiple entities
      6m 48s
    11. Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
      2m 24s
    12. Solving expressions using the command prompt calculator
      5m 1s
    13. Using the Calculator palette
      10m 25s
  4. 21m 17s
    1. Bringing all text objects to the front
      1m 20s
    2. Underlining single-line text
      1m 21s
    3. Managing numbered and lettered lists
      3m 36s
    4. Creating superscript and subscript text
      3m 18s
    5. Removing formatting from MTEXT
      3m 26s
    6. Using fields to identify who revised a drawing
      3m 10s
    7. Squeezing text into tight spaces
      3m 5s
    8. Hiding extra annotative scales
      2m 1s
  5. 16m 55s
    1. Creating "one-click" dimensions
      1m 52s
    2. Dimensioning angles greater than 180 degrees
      1m 40s
    3. Creating dynamic dimension breaks
      2m 20s
    4. Making linear dimensions act like aligned dimensions
      2m 44s
    5. Finding dimensions with false values
      1m 38s
    6. Creating parent/child dimension styles
      4m 45s
    7. Making dimensions easier to read
      1m 56s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Making global edits to attribute data
      4m 1s
    2. Clipping references using curved geometry
      2m 21s
    3. Exchanging one block symbol for another
      3m 3s
    4. Using drag-and-drop to insert content
      3m 17s
    5. Creating a block library in two clicks
      1m 58s
  7. 10m 42s
    1. Making global changes to layer names
      3m 19s
    2. Converting all object properties to BYLAYER
      1m 43s
    3. Navigating layer lists using the keyboard
      2m 5s
    4. Producing a hard copy of the layer settings
      1m 34s
    5. Removing stubborn layers
      2m 1s
  8. 25m 1s
    1. Accessing viewports within viewports
      3m 21s
    2. Creating viewports with islands
      6m 5s
    3. Creating legends using the Change Space tool
      3m 55s
    4. Rotating viewport content to match layout
      4m 55s
    5. Importing layouts from template files
      2m 3s
    6. Visualizing multiple design alternates
      4m 42s
  9. 30m 18s
    1. Consolidating backup files into a single folder
      2m 48s
    2. Launching applications from within AutoCAD
      3m 53s
    3. Creating custom linetypes
      5m 9s
    4. Incorporating symbols into custom linetypes
      2m 48s
    5. Salvaging data from a corrupt drawing
      3m 57s
    6. Applying hyperlinks to drawing objects
      3m 34s
    7. Converting drawings from name-based to color-based plot styles
      2m 0s
    8. Identifying the owner of a drawing
      1m 18s
    9. Incorporating drawings into PowerPoint presentations
      4m 51s
  10. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets
3h 48m Intermediate Jan 31, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating macro enabled tools
  • Using Auto Complete
  • Disabling tool mode settings on the fly
  • Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
  • Using the Calculator palette
  • Formatting text
  • Creating parent/child dimension styles
  • Making dimensions easier to read
  • Making global edits to attribute data and layer names
  • Exchanging one block symbol for another
  • Inserting content using drag and drop
  • Navigating layer list using the keyboard
  • Importing layouts from template files
  • Consolidating backup files
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Squeezing text into tight spaces

Sometimes we have more to say than what we have room for in our drawings. In cases like this we need some strategies for squeezing large amounts of text into tight spaces. In this lesson we're going to take a look at a few text squeezing strategies. On my screen I have an example of a mechanical drawing. Let's zoom in on the title block area. Now, currently all my text fits nicely within these rectangular shapes. Let's say I would like to change my drawing number information. I am going to double-click this. As you can see this is single line text and I'm going to change this to Concept 1.

I'll press Enter and then I'll hit Escape. Now I have a problem. My text doesn't fit within the title block. To fix it I'm going to select this text and then I'm going to drag my Quick Properties Tool over a little bit and I'm going to change the Justification of this text to Fit. When I do, watch the grips. Notice I now have a grip on either side. I'm going to click this first grip and currently my Ortho is turned on, which is great. I can drag this straight over. My running object snap is getting in the way, so I am going to press F3 to turn that off, and I'm going to drag this grip over to here.

I will then grab this grip and I will drag it over to here. When I am finished I will press Escape. Using the Fit Justification we can force our text to fit between two points without changing the text type. All right, let's make another change. It turns out my Client name is incorrect. So I'm going to double-click on this text. As you can see this is multiline text and I'm going to click right here and I'll add World Wide and then I will click on screen to close the Editor. Now I have got another problem. My text is nicely centered within the space.

However, it's starting to overlap my Client label. To fix this text, I will click to select it and then I'll come over to the Full Properties Palette and I'll come down to Line space factor. Line space factor represents the distance between the lines. Now, the default value of 1 represents single line spacing. I'm going to change this to .7 to tighten up the distance between the lines. Let's zoom in and I'm going to grab this center grip. Drag this text down slightly. When I am finished I will press Escape.

Let's do one more thing. It seems my client name is still incorrect. I am going to double click this again and I will click at the end of the name and I am going to add North American division. Now, that's a lot of text and I would like to keep this down to two lines if I could. To fix this text, I will drag to select it and then I will open the Format panel and I will adjust the Width factor of the characters. If I click these arrows, I can adjust the Width factor in point 1 increments or I can enter a specific Width factor over here.

I am going to ratchet this down to about .7 and then I will click on screen to close the Editor. It's inevitable that at some point you are going to have more text than you have room for in your drawing. Fortunately, AutoCAD gives us several tools that allow us to squeeze our text down to a useable size.

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