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In this workshop, AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to build intelligence into drawing objects so that the symbols used in your drawings carry meaning beyond simple geometric representations. Learn how to embed manufacturer, model, and pricing data into commonly used blocks; create invisible attributes that embed data in geometry without it appearing in the drawing area; and use field codes to display information from the AutoCAD database inside text objects. Plus, discover how to format, edit, and extract attribute data for use in external spreadsheets and/or for display within tables in AutoCAD drawings.
Managing non-graphical text and numeric data in AutoCAD incorporates many disparate elements, including text styles, attributes, blocks, fields, and tables. By learning how data is passed between these elements, you'll be able to structure your drawings to link both graphical data, such as lines, arcs, rectangles and so on, with associated non-graphical data, such as text and numbers. Open the completed project file which is called Office 14 and take a look at it.
This is but a fragment of a larger hypothetical office furniture plan. But it contains everything you will need in order to learn how to manage data in AutoCAD. You'll begin the process of creating this project by designing a textile and attribute definitions, which will ultimately be used to store relevant data when they are inserted with furniture and room tag blocks. For example, each piece of furniture has hidden attributes. (audio playing) I'll double-click on this armchair (audio playing) and you can see these two attributes (audio playing) price and manufacturer.
They store this non-graphical information within the block. There's also a room tag block right here which shows the room number and the last name of the employee who works in the room. By double-clicking on the block, you can access its attribute values, which can be easily changed. (audio playing) Underneath the room tag block, there's a floor area which is displayed as a field. This is linked to a hidden boundary object.
You will finally extract link and present both visible and hidden data in a furniture schedule (audio playing) using AutoCAD's spreadsheet like table functionality on the drawing. Thus, you will learn how embedded non-graphical information follows a circuitous path as it flows from one data structure to another. In the end, you will create a project managing the complexity of interlinked graphical and non-graphical data.
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