AutoCAD 2009: Annotation

with Jeff Bartels
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AutoCAD 2009: Annotation
Video duration: 0s 2h 38m Intermediate


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's here to help. (funky jingle) Welcome to AutoCAD 2009 Annotation. My name is Jeff Bartels and it's 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've 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 the term Annotation is a lot more exciting than that. You see, Annotations in AutoCAD include Text, Dimensions, Multileaders, 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'll start out by taking a thorough look at the annotative object property.

We'll learn how it works, which objects support it, and how to take advantage of it's settings. Next we'll explore how we can get more professional looking results from out 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've got a lot of things to explore, and a lot of concepts to talk about so let's get started.

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