Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Welcome, once again, to another AutoCAD tip and trick. Now for today's little tip and trick, we're going to be looking at the Markup Set Manager in AutoCAD. It's quite an underused and underrated little piece of kit that you can utilize to actually create an audit trail of plotted DWF files, and you can actually mark them up. You can redline them and actually open them up in AutoCAD and work on that redlining and then export it back out as a DWF again, thus creating a revision and audit trail of each of the DWFs that you send out.
Now the Markup Set Manager is located in the View tab on the ribbon, like so; and it's this little one just here. Now we're not going to use it just yet. Bear in mind, I've got a new drawing for you there. It's markupsetmanager.dwg, the usual thing. You can download it from the website and use it to follow along with the video. So you may recognize the drawing if you've been using some of the more recent tips and trips. It's a landscaping project, and I'm in the general arrangement layout tab of the drawing.
You can see the scale is set to 1 to 50. It all looks nice and pretty. You've got your blue view port, and it's all ready to go. So what you've got to imagine now is that I've plotted out this particular layout. So the general arrangement has been plotted out as a DWF. Now, for the next part of the exercise, you will need to jump onto the internet and install a thing called Autodesk Design Review. Now there's a new version out, a 2018 version. So you can go to the Autodesk.com website.
Just put in Autodesk Design Review and search, and you'll find the download page for it. Download it; it's a free piece of software. It won't cost you a penny; it's a free download. I'm going to jump into it now, and there it is there. So there's the 01.General Arrangement.dwf file. Again, that is in your exercise files. You can download it from the website and use it to follow along with the video. So I'm now in Autodesk Design Review. I've downloaded it, I've installed it, and I've opened up the DWF.
So, basically, you just go up here to open and you find your DWF, which is right there; there's my DWF. You'll also notice you can open DWGs in Design Review as well. So I'll just cancel that because I've already got it open right here. Now the trick is to make sure in AutoCAD you don't have the same drawing open that you've created a DWF of. Otherwise, it will get that read-only, oh, it's open already, read-only; would you like a read-only version? I don't want that.
So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to jump back to AutoCAD again, and I'm going to save my drawing like you would normally; so save the drawing, and I'm going to close it. So I close the drawing there in AutoCAD. Now make sure, though, you have a blank drawing open in AutoCAD. Otherwise, you won't be able to use the Markup Set Manager. You'll notice I'm in the Start tab there. Markup Set Manager is grayed out in the palettes panel. So I'm just going to open up a blank file. I'm going to use acadiso.dwt there because I'm working in metric millimeters this time.
So I've got Drawing2; that's fine. So I'm going to jump back in now to my DWF in Autodesk Design Review, and there it is there. Now the lovely thing about Design Review is I can mark things up. I can put callouts, rev clouds; I can draw things. I can even stamp it; so I can put a stamp there and say that this is not for construction. So I'll just pop that down in the corner, and there you go. I can move that around, not for construction. So I've marked that up not for construction.
I'll just hit Escape to deselect it. Now that's one little bit of redlining. The other sort of redlining I can do is callouts and text and telling people what to do. I can zoom in and out in the same way as I can in AutoCAD using the wheel on the mouse. I'm going to go up to Callouts here and use this one here, rectangle callout with a rectangle cloud. Click there, click and drag the rev cloud. Click and there's my rectangle callout. I'm going to place it there, and what I'm going to say is: remove timber decking and relocate.
So that's going to go in a different place in the backyard somewhere. You don't need to press Enter; just click away like that, and you'll see all the little grips of the rev cloud. And can you see everything's gone in here, all the data: who created the callout, the label, the status. So I want that for review like that, and you'll see it highlights in the DWF. Now what I need to do now is I need to save these changes. So I'll just hit Escape to deselect everything, click on Save, and I'm saving my DWF.
And you'll notice that that's highlighted for review. It's a nice purple color; you can't miss it. Now I'm going to jump back into AutoCAD now with my blank drawing. I'm going to go to the View tab on the ribbon, Palettes panel, and click on Markup Set Manager. Now, you'll notice here I've got general arrangement drawing open. That was because I was using it earlier just to test that it worked. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go back here; and I'm going to go to Open, and there's my DWF in my folder, okay. So I'm just going to click there, open it up.
It'll refresh, and it will say: would you like to open a read-only copy because the DWF is open this time. Remember what I said about read-only stuff? So, I'm going to say no to that, I'm going to close the Markup Set Manager, and now what I need to do is go back to Design Review. Just zoom out so you can see the whole thing, make sure it's kind of on the screen like that. It's been saved already, so I now close Design Review completely or I can just close this particular file. So if I click here, I can go to Close like that.
That'll close the open file, but leave Design Review open. You kind of want it open, but you just don't want any files open. So I'm going to jump back into AutoCAD now. Now when I go to my Markup Set Manager, what you'll find is I can open this file. So if I go Open here, select that there and go Open, it'll open it up for me nice and neatly without any read-only popping up. So just be aware that there is that closing and opening workflow and process that you need to adhere to. When I expand this out, you can see, look, there's my not for construction label that kicked in; and there's my review, the little green arrow.
It's saying remove timber decking and relocate. Now, the lovely thing about this is if I click on the general arrangement bit there and right-click on it, I can open that sheet. Now when I open it up and just move the palette over, how cool is that? Look, all my redline markups that I've done in Design Review in the DWF have come into my DWG. Look, there's my Markup Set Manager drawing. It's open; there's all my markups. Now the lovely thing is is I can select each of these markups.
Not for construction, markup status; there's none at the moment. I'm going to say that that is done. Watch what happens to not for construction. When I click back in the drawing like that, it's still there; but it's ticked, okay? So it's memorized that that is done, okay. Now I need to go to remove timber decking and relocate. So let's say I've done that. So I go back to here on the review and I say done, so that's done as well; it's all ticked off. Close the Markup Set Manager. Let's see what happens.
Soon as I close that, everything disappears because I've marked it up. It's done; it's finished. If they hadn't been done and I'd closed it, obviously they would still stick around. So let's close this Markup Set Manager, like so. Do I want to save the changes? Yes, I do, because I've done the work. If I now go back to my Markup Set Manager and come in here, can you see? That's still ticked. It's remembered the drawing is open. So if I go back now and go to Open again and select the DWF and click on Open here, it's already open.
Can you see it's already open here in the Markup Set Manager. Would I like to open a read-only copy? In this case, I'm going to say yes; and there's my general arrangement there. If I double-click on it just to open it, can you see they're still there; but they're marked up as done. So what you've got there is a tool that basically allows you to mark everything up in a way that it's done and it's saved and it's finished. So I'll save this now, like so; that's all saved. I can close the Markup Set Manager, and what I would do now is I'd now go and plot this out as the next DWF, the next revision; and any markups then get done in Autodesk Design Review and come back, and I open up the Markup Set Manager again.
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