Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating annotative scales, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- You will have noticed as we've gone through the videos to annotate our drawings in this section, I've mentioned things like annotative scales and viewport scales. Now you'll notice down on the status bar we have an annotative scale there of 1:50. It's known as the "Annotation scale of the current view." Now, because I've set that at 1:50, and my viewport in my D-Sized layout tab is also 1:50, the dimensions and the multileaders will show in that particular viewport. Now we're staying in the 9_Annotating_HOUSE_Complete.drawing, as usual.
And what I'm going to do now is just hop into the D-Sized layout tab here. No commands, just click on the tab, and you can see there the multileaders and the dimensions and things. Now if I click on this particular viewport here, like so, you can see that the scale of that viewport is also 1:50. So that's why those dimensions and leaders are showing. I'll click away from the viewport now, just to make sure I deactivate it, and hit escape a couple of times. Now, I'm going to copy the D-Sized tab. So, I'm going to right-click on it and I'm going to go to "Move or Copy" on the shortcut menu.
I'm going to move the copy to the end and create a copy by checking that box there and click on OK. So I've now got D-Sized (2) there. Can you see? So, I'm going to right-click and immediately rename it, and this is going to be "Detail," like so. Make sure you type that correctly, unlike me. So, it always looks professional when you get your caps, and your upper and lower case sorted. So there we go. There's the Detail tab there. So make sure you're in the Detail tab. And what we're going to do, we're going to double-click inside the viewport, like so, and then just zoom and pan, and you'll see the viewport is now active.
And you'll notice that there is a MODEL tab showing down here now in the status bar. Want you to zoom in on the area where the dimensions and the leaders are, like so. Get that placed roughly central, using zoom and pan. And then click outside the viewport just to deactivate it. So it's a double-click, like so. Then touch on the edge of the viewport, like that, click on the scale here, in the status bar, and change that to 1:20. And you'll see that zooms in nicely, but all of a sudden, we lose our dimensions and our leaders.
Just hit escape now to deselect the viewport. What we've done there now is we've set up a viewport scale that doesn't tally up with any assigned annotative style or scales in the MODEL tab. So we now go back to the MODEL tab, and we now just zoom out slightly here, select all of the dimensions, so you can use a crossing selection if you wish, like so. Just make sure that you've got everything selected, all your multileaders, everything that is on the dimensions layer, basically, that we've placed previously.
So get all of that selected. Then right-click in the drawing area to bring up the shortcut menu. And you'll notice now that there's no tools there to actually set up any properties. So we go down to Properties here, like so. That brings up the Properties palette, now we've got lots of different dimensions set up. And if we come here now, can you see we've got all nine, like so? So we've got to select a particular type of object. So if I go Rotated Dimension first, can you see here that they are annotative and our annotative scale is 1:50? Click where it says 1:50.
Click on the little box there, like so, and you can add another scale. So this is where we're adding our annotative styles and scales. So I Add, and I select 1:20, and I OK it. So we've now got two scales for any dimension. So I click on OK, job done. Now, what I need to do now is go back here, to the Properties. Select the Radial Dimensions now, and you'll notice, can you see I can then add another annotative scale to that one? So, 1:20, that's been added, that's OK.
And then I select here, the Multileaders. Make sure that they've had it added as well, 1:20, I'll OK that. So, if I now close the Properties palette and hit escape, and then go back to my Detail tab, which is at 1:20, there's all my leaders and dimensions all set up in the 1:20 setting, rather than the D-Sized, which is actually the 1:50 setting. But the benefit is when you set up these annotative styles and scales, you can see that all of the dimensions show as the same size, regardless of the scale of viewport.
So, if your bubble is a quarter of an inch across it will be a quarter of an inch across in all views in your AutoCAD drawings. So, that's how you create your annotative styles and scales to work with multiple viewport scales.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
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Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.