In this video, Shaun Bryant demonstrates how the Sheet Set Manager allows you to effectively manage groups of AutoCAD drawings.
- [Instructor] Welcome to another AutoCAD tip and trick for you. Now, what we're going to look at is the AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager. Now before we get into that we've got a nice new drawing for you, as usual and it's using Sheet Set Manager.dwg. You can see it there on the screen and it's a bunch of AutoCAD blocks that you may recognize from other tips and tricks that I've created for AutoCAD. Now, the Sheet Set Manager. Have you heard of the Sheet Set Manager? Do you use it already? Well, the Sheet Set Manager allows you to basically bring a bunch of disparate drawings into the one sheet set.
And you may have drawings, for example, on a project that are on your hard drive, that are on a network drive, that are even on a cloud drive, and you can bring all of those drawings together in the one sheet set, rename and renumber them according to, say, a project list of drawings, and it doesn't affect the actual .dwg file naming or the location of those .dwgs, either. So I'm just going to show you the real basics of using the Sheet Set Manager so that you know where it is, and more importantly, so that you know how to use it and use it with your projects and your drawings.
So we go to the View tab on the ribbon. And you'll see in the Palettes panel, there's our Sheet Set Manager. Click on it and it opens up the sheet set Manage Palette. Now I'm going to pan across a little bit so I can see the content of my drawing. Now as soon as I do that, can you see I get a little asterisk on my file tab, reminding me that I need to save my drawing before I put it into the Sheet Set Manager. Now you always save all of the drawings that you're going to bring into a sheet set.
That way you know they are current and have all of the latest information saved on them. Now in order to create a new sheet set, it's very quick and easy, you go to the drop down here and click on New sheet set. Now the lovely thing about the Sheet Set Manager is it's all Wizard-driven. So it's just click click click, go through the steps. There's your sheet set. And I really like that, because it just allows you to work methodically through things step by step, and there's little sort of memory aides there to remind you of what you need to do.
Now, the first step is obviously, begin. You can see that top left in the dialogue box. What are we going to do? We're going to create a sheet set using an example sheet set or are we going to use existing drawings? We're going to use existing drawings. 11, Usingsheetsetmanager.dwg. So, click on existing drawings as you would normally, and click on next in the dialogue box. We now need to name our sheet set. I'm going to call it furniture, like so, and then I'm going to put an underscore and palettes in capitals like that.
Because this is a drawing and the sheet set where all my drawings are stored for my blocks to go onto tool palettes later on. So I'm going to put here AutoCAD block drawing and we'll put for palettes only, shall we? And I'll put only in nice big capital letters like that. So AutoCad block drawing for palettes only. Now you can be as descriptive as you like in the name of your new sheet set and the description, it may be that you've got project naming and numbering that you need to adhere to, standards that you've got in place internally, and so on.
The next thing you need to do is store your sheet set data file, your .dst file. Now you see I've got great big long Windows file path there. Don't worry about that. You don't need to replicate that at all. What you need to do is click on this little button here and locate where you've put your 11 Usingsheetsetmanager drawing and save your .dst file in the same location. It's good CAD practice to put your .dst file in the same location as one of your groups of drawings that you're using, then you'll always know where it is.
Ideally, in the cloud or on the network, not locally, because you might take your laptop out of the office and then people haven't got that .dst file to use. So, you can check your sheet set properties, like so, you can edit any custom properties that you might want to add too. So I'm going to click on cancel, and cancel. I don't need those. And then I'm going to go to next here. So I've done my sheet set details, I click on next. I now need to choose the layouts from the drawings to go into my sheet set.
The clue is in the name. Sheet Set Manager. We're looking at sheets, not model tabs, we're looking at sheets, which are your layouts. So each of your layouts in your drawings becomes a sheet in the Sheet Set Manager. I'm going to browse, and as you can see, I've got a folder there 11 content using the Sheet Set Manager. That's where my drawing is. So I click on okay and as you can see, it finds my drawing, 11 using the Sheet Set Manager.dwg. So you should have browsed to your folder where you stored your 11 using Sheet Set Manager.dwg file.
And the good thing is, it picks up on that layout, like so, and you can pick and choose. So you can browse for another folder now, add it, pick and choose the drawings and the layouts you want to use in that particular sheet set. So you can be as selective as you want. Obviously I've only got the one drawing, and the one layout tab, so I'm just going to click on next. Now I can confirm my sheet set. It's all there, sheet set name, sheet set description, location and so on. So all of that can be checked if I scroll down, I've got new sheet set creation, and so on and so forth.
So I click on finish and there's my sheet set there. Now you'll notice that there's a little lock symbol there. That's telling me that I've got the drawing open in this particular sheet set. What it also means is no one else can edit that drawing while I've got it open, until I put it back into the sheet set. Now, obviously that particular name there is a little bit unwieldy, so I right click on the name there, I can rename and renumber. I can also remove the sheet, that doesn't delete the drawing, it just removes the sheet from the sheet set.
So I rename and renumber. I'm going to give it a new number of zero zero one, and the sheet title, I don't want that title there. What I want is just the ISOA3 pdf bit. Like so, so I'll do that there, and then I'll put furniture and then space dash space, and then I'll put blocks like that, and the layout name is there, now you can rename your layout to match the sheet title, I'm not going to, but you can. So I could rename my layout tab with that name there if I wanted to, by ticking that box and then it would put it in there as well.
I'm not going to, I'm going to click on okay, and as you can see it renames accordingly. Now the benefit I have here is I can right click on this and I can create a new sheet, I can import other layouts of sheets, and I can publish, this is the important bit. Now notice, I've got all these options to publish. I can edit the subset, so I can add new folders to this if I want to, I can manage page setups, I can do sheet set .dwf publish options, there's a whole plethora of different plotting capability there.
And I can even e-transmit if I wish as well, sending it all as a zipped folder, perhaps, out to somebody via email. Now what I can do here is if I click on furniture pallets and right click though, I can add a new subset. And as you can see, subset name is there, I can change that to blocks and I'll click on okay and there's my new subset. And what I can do now is I can click here, and drag, and I can move things around, can you see? And I can move things into my subset as well.
So I can move things into the subset if I want to, at the moment I can't because it's locked. But I've got blocks there, so if I want to create a new sheet in there, I can, I've got to specify a template that I want to use first, though, which I'm not going to worry about too much. But the whole idea is, I can add a subset and add sheets underneath it. I can remove that subset again if I want to. Now I've just got a really basic sheet set here right now, it's furniture palettes and you can see there that I'm using that particular sheet, the ISOA3 pdf sheet for this particular sheet set.
Now, this can go on and on and on. I can probably do an entire training course on sheet sets, I would imagine, and I can develop a massive sheet set with lots and lots of different drawings, layouts and sheets. But, that is basically it with the Sheet Set Manager. That's how quick and easy it is to use. So all you've got to do is go through that little Wizard in the Sheet Set Manager, generate your sheet set, you can add subsets, you can add sheets, you can import obviously layouts from other drawings and you can keep them all together in the one sheet list like so.
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