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AutoCAD 2009: Annotation

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Welcome

Demonstrates how to create dynamic annotations that react to viewport scales and update themselves.
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  1. 7m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Synchronizing the interface
      5m 11s
  2. 46m 57s
    1. Creating annotative text
      3m 38s
    2. Creating annotative dimensions and multileaders
      6m 39s
    3. Viewing annotative objects
      4m 31s
    4. Adding scales to annotative objects
      5m 17s
    5. Removing scales from annotative objects
      3m 48s
    6. Creating annotative blocks
      5m 50s
    7. Creating annotative hatch
      3m 32s
    8. Creating a custom scale
      4m 52s
    9. Converting non-annotative objects to annotative
      6m 15s
    10. Displaying model space linetypes using MSLTSCALE
      2m 35s
  3. 29m 2s
    1. Justifying multi-line text vertically
      4m 21s
    2. Adjusting line spacing
      4m 1s
    3. Controlling the display of fractions
      7m 1s
    4. Creating multiple columns of MTEXT
      7m 18s
    5. Converting single-line text to multi-line text
      2m 57s
    6. Adding a background mask
      3m 24s
  4. 36m 38s
    1. Creating and navigating tables
      6m 35s
    2. Editing table geometry
      5m 28s
    3. Formatting table data
      6m 32s
    4. Inserting formulas
      5m 36s
    5. Breaking tables into multiple parts
      3m 19s
    6. Defining table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Importing tables from Microsoft Excel
      3m 35s
  5. 25m 26s
    1. Dimensioning with the spacebar
      1m 23s
    2. Creating rotated linear dimensions
      2m 50s
    3. Adding alternate dimensions
      2m 38s
    4. Identifying tolerances
      3m 43s
    5. Dimensioning arcs
      3m 49s
    6. Breaking dimensions
      3m 10s
    7. Inserting a jog line
      3m 48s
    8. Creating ordinate dimensions
      4m 5s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Creating smart labels
      5m 44s
    2. Automating titleblock information
      4m 31s
    3. Creating labels to identify drawing updates
      2m 22s
  7. 11s
    1. Goodbye

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AutoCAD 2009: Annotation
Video Duration: 0s 2h 38m Intermediate


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In AutoCAD 2009, annotative objects are more than simple text labels, they include dimensions, leaders, blocks, and hatch, each of which can automatically size itself to match the scale of the plot. Jeff Bartels draws on his experience as an instructor and professional drafter in AutoCAD 2009: Annotation, to move beyond standard labeling functions. He demonstrates how to create dynamic annotations that react to viewport scales and (in some cases) update themselves when the drawing changes. Jeff also includes a thorough discussion of creating table objects, and shares some tips and tricks for using dimensions and multi–line text in a production environment. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding annotation settings
  • Creating objects that size themselves to match plot scale
  • Dividing multi-line text into columns
  • Creating dynamic tables with Excel-like functionality
  • Using "fields" to create automated labels
  • Converting non-annotative objects to annotative


In design, the more information you can get on the page to communicate your vision, the more likely your clients will share that vision. AutoCAD is here to help. Welcome to AutoCAD 2009 Annotation. My name is Jeff Bartels and it is my privilege to be your instructor as we explore the annotation features inside of AutoCAD. AutoCAD has been my passion for more than a decade. I have been using the program professionally and teaching AutoCAD since the days when it was a DOS-based application. When you think of the word annotation, you probably think of labels. Well, in AutoCAD, term annotation is a lot more exciting than that. You see, annotations in AutoCAD include text, dimensions, multi-leaders, blocks and hatch, and any of these objects can be inserted such that they automatically size themselves to our plot scale. In fact, we can create annotative objects that size themselves for multiple viewports, even if the viewports are different scales.

This means we can label our geometry one time and have that label work at any size plot. We will start up by taking a thorough look at the annotative object property. We'll learn how it works, which objects are supported and how to take advantage of its settings. Next, we'll explore how we can get more professional looking results from our multi-line text. We'll also learn how to create dynamic tables that act similar to Microsoft Excel and finally, we'll create some labels called fields that are capable of updating themselves if our drawing changes.

Well, we have got a lot of things to explore and a lot of concepts to talk about. So, let's get started.

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