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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.
You were probably wondering about this and you were right. Multileaders can also be annotative. In this lesson we are going to learn how to create predictably sized Multileaders in our drawings. On my screen I have an architectural example, this is a drawing of a proposed medical office, and I would like to create some Multileaders to label some part numbers of the furniture in a typical Exam Room. Before I do that, I want to verify the plot scale of this drawing, so let's take a look at the layout that I am interested in. I say that because there are two layouts in this drawing.
Layout OV1 is an overall presentation of the entire facility and layout ER1 focuses on a single exam room. This is the view where I would like to display my callouts. If I look right down here, I can see that my drawing is displaying at a scale of one half of an inch equals a foot (1/2" = 1') knowing that, I am going to return to model space and I am going to create an annotative multileader style. I will open up the Annotation panel, and then I will open the Multileader Style Manager.
I will click New and then I will give my style a name Annotative Multileaders. My style will be starting with the same settings as the standard style. I am going to put a check in the Annotative box to ensure that my new style is annotative and then I will click continue. Now I can adjust the settings for my new style. Just like with the Dimension style, any time you see a size setting, you want to set this to the size you want your leaders to appear on paper.
All of the sizes are paper sizes. I am going to start on the Leader Format tab and I would like to change the size of the arrowheads, let's make these a little smaller. I will set these to 1/8". Then we will go to Leader Structure, I would like to change the length of the landing distance that's the line right here, let's set this to 1/8". Finally, I will go to the Content tab and let's make our text size smaller.
I will make this 1/8". When I am finished adjusting my settings I will come down and click OK. Notice that my new Multileader style has the annotative icon next to the name. This means that this style will size itself automatically to match my plot scale. If I look up here I can see my new style is current, so I will come down here and click Close. I will then set my Annotation scale to match my desired plot scale. The plot scale I am interested in is 1/ 2" = 1' and I will start by creating a label for this tool.
I will launch the Multileader command, I would like to point this to nearest to this line and I will enter my callout. Let's create one more label for this exam room table. Alright these look pretty good, let's go back to the layout and take a look.
As you can see, these callouts are sized appropriately for this layout. Now let's do a scientific experiment. Question. will these callouts show up on the other layout? Answer. no, they won't. Annotative objects will only display at the plot scale for which they were intended. This means that you can put all of your callouts on a single layer, regardless of size, and they will only show up in the ViewPorts where you want them. From this point on it would be a good idea to make all of your multileader styles annotative, if you do this, your Multileaders will always be legible, and they will be consistently sized on all of your plots.
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