Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating with quick view drawings, part of AutoCAD 2009 New Features.
For a long time, AutoCAD has allowed us to open and work on several drawings at a time. The difficulty was how do we efficiently jump from one drawing to another? With the new Quick View Drawing tool, we can instantly switch between any layout or Model space environment within any of our open drawings. Let's try that tool. I'm going to start by opening a couple of drawings. So I'm going to come up and click my Open icon. We are going to go inside the Chapter 1 folder located inside of our Exercise Files directory and I would like to open these last two drawings. I can do that by clicking one drawing, holding my Shift key and clicking the other one so that they are both highlighted. And then I'm going to come down and select Open. This will open both drawings in my interface.
Now, AutoCAD supports a multiple document environment. That means I can have several drawings open at one time if I wish. Now that I have two drawings open, let's use the new Quick View Drawings tool to jump from one drawing to the other. The Quick View Drawings tool is located right down here on our status bar. Let me come down and click the icon to bring up the tool. And when this guy comes up, he looks very similar to the Quick View Layouts tool that's because workflow why is he works the exact same. Notice the two previews I see on screen, each preview represents a drawing that is currently open. If I place my cursor over a preview, notice I have access to the Save as well as Close option. If I want to jump from one drawing to another, I will click on the preview.
Let me click on this preview to jump to the other drawing. We have always had that functionality. We have always been able to jump from one drawing to another. But notice when I hover over a preview, AutoCAD also gives me access to the layouts. If I move my cursor up into the Layouts, I can now jump to a specific layout in an open drawing. I also have access to the Plot as well as the Publish command for any layout. Now, my previews are kind of large, I can resize these if I wish by holding down my Ctrl key and rolling my mouse wheel backwards. If I roll my mouse wheel forwards, I can make the previews bigger. My own personal workflow, I would like to have these guys as small as possible. I'm going to jump to a layout.
I'm going to come over and click ENG5. Let's jump to that layout in the other drawing, I will come down, we'll come over to other drawing and then we'll come up and click the layout. Very easy, in fact I wanted to jump to another layout and plot it I can do at one click. Once again, down, over, up, select my layout and click Plot. Now, I don't want to plot this guy right now, so I'm going to close this dialog. Let's come down and click the Quick View Drawings tool, and bring this guy back up on screen.
I want you to notice that in addition to the previews, we also have a control panel, this control panel allows us to create a new drawing, open an additional drawing or I can click the X to close the tool. I also have a pushpin, if I click the pushpin, these previews will stay up on screen all the time. Personally, I'm not the one that uses the pushpin for this feature, because quite frankly, these previews do take up a lot of screen real estate. I suppose at some instances it would be helpful, but for me working on a day-to-day basis, if I have several drawings open, I like to close this guy right after I'm done using them.
If you're someone who frequently works on multiple drawings at one time, the Quick View Drawing tool can be a real time saver, when jumping back and forth between your files.
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