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The Most exciting feature in AutoCAD

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1 The Most exciting feature in AutoCAD on Wed May 05, 2010 1:58 am

Annotative Object Properties by Viju Antony


The most exciting feature by far to AutoCAD is the ability to control the plotted size of text and symbols by viewport. Lot of users struggled with this former limitation in AutoCAD by implementing a number of innovative, but tedious kludges. Many users have painstakingly created a lot of additional layers for text, dimensions, hatching and other symbols, and then copied, resized and repositioned the text on each layer, so that it looks right at each of the intended scales.

With the new Annotative Object Properties feature, all of your text and symbols will plot at a consistent size at any scale, without all those time consuming and error prone workarounds. This single improvement to basic AutoCAD could completely transform the way you set up your drawings. Best of all, the annotative object properties will round-trip to older AutoCAD DWG formats, so you can take advantage of this great new tool even if you are working with others that have not yet upgraded to 2008 or higher..

Autodesk achieves this forward-thinking, backward compatibility by making each annotative object a block, and placing each scaled version of that object on a separate layer within each of those blocks. So, your earlier version colleagues will have more layers in their drawings, but they will have all of the objects you created, at all of the sizes of each object that you intended. Best of all, when they send the drawing back to you, everything is exactly as you created it - you don't even see all those blocks and layers.

It's no magic button; you'll still need to position the objects differently for some scales and in certain circumstances, but we always had to do this anyway. You’ll certainly want to experiment with this powerful capability and achieve proficiency with it, before adopting it across your entire organization, but once you do, you'll wonder how you lived without it. And when used in conjunction with many of the other cartographic tools in AutoCAD Map 3D, which are all included with Land Desktop and Civil 3D, you now have a truly versatile mapping platform.
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