Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating annotative text, part of AutoCAD 2009: Annotation.
Placing text in model space has always involved doing some math. You see if our drawings are scaled down to fit the paper our text types have to be scaled up to compensate. This usually meant getting out a calculator to figure out the appropriate text type to use in model space. Fortunately, we never have to do this again because AutoCAD will automatically size our text for us. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to create Annotative Text. On my screen, I have got an architectural floor plan and I would like to add some text to this drawing. Let's start up by placing some text in the master bedroom area. Let me zoom in and we'll center this guy on screen.
Now typically, we don't put text in a drawing until we know our plot scale because the size this geometry is going to appear on paper is going to dictate how large I should make my text. Let's say I'm going to plot this drawing at a quarter of an inch equals a foot. This is a standard architectural scale. And let's also say that I would like my printed text to measure 3/16th of an inch tall on my paper. Now, this is where it becomes math problem. Trying to figure out how tall to make my text such that it plots at that size. Let me show you how we can avoid doing the math entirely. I'm going to create an Annotative Text Style. To do that, I'm going to come up and click my Annotate tab on my ribbon and then I'll select the Text Style icon.
Now, I already have a few text styles created, I'm going to create a new one by coming over and clicking the New icon, and I'm going to call my new style notes and I'll click OK. Then I'm going to come over and set this style to be Annotative. Notice the symbol that pops up. This tells me that this text style is special. This one will automatically size itself when I insert my text. Here's how it works. Since the size is set to be Annotative, I can simply come over here and set the size I would like this text to appear on my paper.
In my case that's 3/16th of an inch and I'll click Apply and Close. Now, whenever I want to create text all I have to do is come down and set my Annotation Scale to the scale at which I'll be plotting and AutoCAD will automatically place my text at the correct size. Let's set this to 1/4" = 1'0". And then we'll create some text. I'm going to come up and click my Multi-line Text tool, I'll click on Screen and then I'll click again to define my column width. Then we'll type Master Bedroom and I'll click X to close the editor.
The text that I have created is now appropriately sized for that plot scale. Let's pan over to the Master Bath area. Let's say I would like to plot this room at a scale of three quarters of an inch equals a foot. Once again, no problem. I'll just come down and change my Annotation Scale and then I'll create some more text. Let me launch the tool, I'll click on screen and I'll define my column. I'll type Master Bath and I'll close the text editor. Notice how AutoCAD automatically scaled my text such that it's the appropriate height for that plot scale. Now, this drawing already has a layout created with some viewports. Let's take a look at it. To get there, I'm going to come down and click my Quick View Layouts tool, then I'll click my Layout Preview and then I'll click the X to dismiss the tool.
Now, this layout contains two viewports. The one in the left is viewing my geometry at a scale of 1/4" = 1' and the one in the right is viewing a portion of my geometry at a scale of 3/4" = 1'. Let's back up a little bit and notice that my text appears the same height in both viewports. Never again do we have to calculate text types when annotating our drawings. So long as our Text Style is set to Annotative, we can simply select our desired Annotation Scale and AutoCAD will automatically insert our text at the right size.
- 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