Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Convert Text to Mtext, part of AutoCAD for Mac 2016 New Features.
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- A long awaited feature added to AutoCAD for Mac 2016 is the addition of a selection of Express Tools. The first one we will examine is a simple but very useful one, that allows us to convert disparate pieces of single line text, also called dtxt into a single mtxt entity. Mtxt has the benefit of not only being a single object to move or modify, but also allows us a myriad of more complex formatting options. We'll start by entering the command in the command line by typing txt the number 2 and mtxt and pressing Return.
Now I'll select my text objects individually and press Return. We see them shift ever so slightly,. and now I can double click inside and I have access to all the formatting tools. Bold, italic, and underline. As well as symbols and other alignment tools. I can also right click in the mtxt editing area and get even more options including columns, changing the case of all the text or adding a background mask.
I can control the behavior of the text through mtxt command by entering the command which is also accessible from Tools Express Tools Convert Text to mtxt. And now pressing Return before I select any objects. From here I can adjust the text ordering as top down based on geometric position, or by the order I select the objects. I can also adjust if the command creates a word wrap or not. Mtxt and dtxt are both useful in their own ways and up until now we could explode mtxt into individual peices of dtxt but we can now also convert separate pieces of single line text into multi line text using Text to mtxt.
- XREF server path mapping and ByLayer display
- Converting text to mtext
- Moving geometry from model space to paper space with Change Space
- Dimensioning with the DIM tool
- Pasting geometry with Paste As Block
- Working with section plane tools
- Creating smaller PDF files with AutoCAD for Mac 2016
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