Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the AutoCAD Express Tools, part of AutoCAD: Express Tools Workflow.
- [Instructor] Welcome to the first chapter of the AutoCAD Express Tools Workflow Course. And the first chapter is very simple, Express Tools. What are they? What do they do? Why are they there? Why should we use them? Well, I've got a new drawing open for you. It's 01_IntroExpressTools.dwg. You can download that from your Lynda.com exercise files as usual, and follow that along with the video so that you can keep up with what we're doing in each of the videos. Now, this particular drawing is very simple.
We have a simple arc and a simple piece of single line text, like so. And these are on layer zero. I haven't created any new layers. This is just to give you an introduction into Express Tools and what they do. So, where do we find our Express Tools? They're up here on the Express Tools tab, like so. Now, we've got some really neat tools in here. One of the ones that I love, my personal favorite is this one here in the Text panel, the Arc Aligned Text. So if I click there like so and come into the drawing area, it ask me to select an Arc.
So there's my Arc there, like so. Now, I get this lovely little dialog box. It allows me to work out where the text is going to go, so I want it above, on the convex side of the arc, or I can have it below on the concave side. I can also outward from center, inward to the center and so on. We're using just the standard text style in the drawing, and it's a Verdana font, and there's a little preview there. And the text is going to be Lynda.com so I'll type that in like so, Lynda.com. Text height, I'm going to make that 15 high in this case.
And again, obviously, your text height will be defined by your drawing and what you're doing. Now the width factor we'll leave at 1.0. You should be aware of width factors if you're and AutoCAD user already. That's the width factor of the text and how it's spread across the area it covers. The offset from the arc will say three millimeters, offset from the left say five millimeters, offset from the right, five millimeters. As soon as I click on OK, there's my text. How wicked cool is that? What that allows me to do is create text that follows an arc which could be extremely useful if you're adding a little bit of graphic design to a drawing.
Something I've used it for is creating a logo for a company in AutoCAD and adding that to my AutoCAD title blocks, for example. What we'll look at as we work through this course is all of the AutoCAD Express Tools and how they can make you work smarter and better in AutoCAD. Just like that Arc Aligned Text command does.
- Using Explode Attributes, Replace Block, and List Properties
- Exporting and importing attributes
- Converting block to XREF
- Copying, extending, and trimming nested objects
- Working with Arc-Aligned Text and Modify Text
- Masking and unmasking text
- Modifying using Stretch Multiple and Extended Clip
- Changing layouts with Align Space, Synchronize Viewports, and Merge Layout
- Using Super Hatch
- Resetting text and modifying text
- Importing and exporting dimension styles
- Working with Xdata