AutoCAD: Multiline (MText) features

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Editing / Formatting text has never been so easy

Access to MText:

Command Line: type in Mtext

Ribbon: Annotate Tab / Text Panel / Multiline Text button

Also – Home Tab / Annotate Panel / Multiline Text button

Annotate

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The Contextual Text Editor tab becomes active / available once the Opposite corner (the second pick for the width) has been selected. A Contextual tab is a tab this is only available after a feature has been selected. Such as the Hatch Contextual tab is available after the Hatch command is activated or after a user had double-clicked on a Hatch patter.

Contextual tab
Here are just a few features that can help easily modify text within a drawing.

Justification: There are nine options – This adjusts the entire groups of text within that session
of the MText command to Update. Select the Justification style and the text adjusts.

All CAPS: When the MText window is active Right-Click inside that window and a Pop-up window appears Select the option All CAPS. Also found in the Contextual Text Tab / Tools panel – drop down / All CAPS – once this has a check mark next to it is active this stays active within this drawing and weather you have the CAPS LOCK key on or not all typed text will go into your drawing in Capital Letters. This is a great option to set within a Template so it will always be active.

JustificationRTclick all capsall caps button

 

 

Width of the text area: This is quickly adjusted while in the MText editor. There is a Ruler at the top of the MText window / on the far right side with the mouse pick – hold – drag to resize the area, the text will adjust accordingly. To keep specific text in a specific grouping an ENTER (hard return) will help. Once the size is how the user wants it let go. Text widths can be resized as needed.

Ruler: if you prefer not to see the Ruler at the top of the Multiline text window there is a Ruler button that will toggle that on or off.

Line Spacing: This offers a quick way to increase the spacing between the lines of text without using the ENTER key.

*For more great text editing option explore the Text Editor Contextual tab.

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AutoCad: Content Explore

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This feature allows for quick searches for design content, (Layers,

This feature allows for quick searches for design content, (Layers, Linetypes Blocks, Text and Dimension Styles…) once the content is found it then can be inserted into the active drawing. Search parameters can be saved for quick reuse.

Where to access Content Explorer command: Ribbon: Add-ins tab / Content panel / Explore button to open the Content Explorer

Ribbon: Add-ins tab / Content panel / Explore button to open the Content Explorer

Pallet. This will open the Content Explorer Pallet.

Ribbon Location

Command Line: type in

Command: CONTENTEXPLORER

This will open the Content Explorer Pallet.

Content Explorer Dialog box

Command: CONTENTEXPLORERCLOSEThis will close the Content Explorer Pallet.

This will close the Content Explorer Pallet.Step 1: path out to the directories / folders to search in. (as many as desired)

Step 1: path out to the directories / folders to search in. (as many as desired)

Step 2: Search for content within an entire directory:

Items can be brought in by a Right Click over the item / select the Insert option from the pop-up window or by Pick, Hold and drag the item into the active drawing.

        This example demonstrates a Block (Door) being brought into the active drawing.

Step 3: Search within one specific Drawing:

          This example demonstrates a Layer being brought into the active drawing.

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AutoCAD: Dimreassociate / Reassociate

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Not a highly used command but good to know to keep your drawings technically on track with functions and features that AutoCAD offers. 

Reassociate / Dimreassociate is the command that connects (Associate) or disconnects (Disassociate) dimensions to the geometry. One of the greatest features that AutoCAD offers is the association between Dimensions and Geometry. With this association when you update the geometry the dimensions update automatically. So there is no reason to modify a Dimension to “fudge” in a number, modify the geometry and the Dimension will updates.

Where to locate this Command:

From the Command Line:

Command: DIMREASSOCIATE ↵ (Enter)

Select dimensions to reassociate

Select objects or [Disassociated]: (select the dimension to be associated) 1 found

Select objects or [Disassociated]: ↵ (Enter)

Specify first extension line origin or [Select object] <next>: (select where the First extension line placement is wanted)

Specify second extension line origin <next>: (select where the Second extension line placement is wanted)

Command: (the command completes itself so no Enter is require and you are ready to start with the next command.)

*Anything in the color RED is my added input you will not see this on the command line.

From the Ribbon:

Associate tab – Dimension Panel – Associate Button.

Ribbon 2

The Command line prompts are the same as if they were Typed in as the above example.

Below is a quick example of how the Reassociate / Dimreassociate command works:

*note this command also offers the revers of Associate [Disassociate] if you want to take the association of the dimension to the geometry off.

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AutoCAD: Area command quicker than bringing out the calculator

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The Area command calculates both the perimeter and area of your selections.

Points in space, points on geometry or selecting Objects to calculate the area is done easily within AutoCAD.

Where to access the Area command:

Command Line: type in MEASUREGEOM ↵ (Enter) or AREA will also work

Area 1

Ribbon: Home tab – Utilities panel – Measure drop down – Area.

Area 2

The Breakdown of the Area options: Area 3

Object: Select this when you have an entity such as a Circle, Ellipses, closed Polylines,

Polygon, a closed Entity. Not when you will be selecting individual point on the screen. This must also be selected after both the Add and Subtract area options if you will be selecting a closed entity.

Add area: Select this when you will be calculation more than one area at a time or when you want to subtract and area form the previously selected area.

Subtract area: This is selected after you have added in all areas to be added. This will remove (subtract) the areas selected from the Added areas.

Exit: Brings you into the other Utilities options:

Area 4

*When selecting objects with anything other than straight lines (such as Arcs or Splines) the geometry must be turned into a polyline (Edit Polyline command) – then the Object option may be used. When using the Area command with selecting points this only allows straight line selections.

Examples:

A: Object

Area 5

B: Points

Area 6a

Area 6b

Area 6c

C: Add and Subtract:

Start with the larger geometry to Add / Object options (select the larger Geometry) Enter when done – then within the same session of the command select Subtract / Object options (select the smaller object to be removed from the area) Enter when done. *Place a Rectangle or create a Polyline so there will be an Object to select

Notice the in the Command line the Total area decreases as each column is selected.

AutoCAD’s visuals are great the GREEN area is the Area being Added and Pink area is the Area being Subtracted.

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AutoCAD: eTransmit

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eTransmit: A tried and true way to combine a drawing and its associated files (fonts and external references) together as a ZIP or an EXE file to easily archive or send to the customer / client.

How to access the command:

Application Menu – Publish – eTransmit:

Command Line: etransmit

The drawing example that will be usedDrawing for eTransmit

for this eTransmit exercise includes –

Working file: Floorplancomplete.dwg

Xref file: lthouse.dwg (the left side of the house

with attached deck.)

Font Styles: Times and Veranda

The above information will be included in the eTransmit ZIP file. You do have the option to exclude information by selecting the check mark next to the option you don’t want to send (this removes the selection).

STEP 1: Start the eTransmit command:

access eTransmit

STEP 2:  In the Create Transmittal Dialog box,

2a. A check in the boxes means the item will be included in the zip file. Select the check mark to remove any items you may not want to send along with this zip file.

Create eeTransmit

eTransmit Button

2c. To the right of the dialog box select Transmittal Setups… button:

Select or de-Select options within the Setup dialog box that is needed. Items I like to make sure are selected include some of the following options. Select OK once done.

eTransmit Setup

 

2d. Select the View Report button:

View Report

An Example of what the report consists of: Check out all the information this give you.

eTransmit transmital

2e. Select OK and save the file.

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AutoCAD: The tool palette that keep on giving

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Express Tool Palette, Convert to Mtext button.

Mtext is the way to go when placing text (just for the convenience of modifying it later) into a drawing these day, but the Single Line Text is still just click away. If the Single Line Text or if Multiline Text has been exploded the Express Tool Palette has the solution for you to convert that text back into MTEXT.

Convert to Mtext button

Located in the Express Tools tab / Text Panel / Convert to Mtext button

or

Command Line: type in TXT2MTXT

Command Line sequence to the video it typed:

        Command: txt2mtxt

Select text objects, or [Options]<Options>:

Select objects: Specify opposite corner: 5 found

Select objects:  ↵

5 Text objects removed, 1 MText object added ↵

Note that at the start of the command it offers Options. To access the <options> at the prompt Select Objects ENTER. This will bring up the following dialog box. Displayed is the default and should work for most applications.

txt to mtext options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection set order option when chosen, this option allows the user to select the Single Line text in any random order with whatever Selection set method they choose. The text will re-order to the order it was selected. The end results of the text in the video won’t make sense but will show why Selection Set order matters.

The end result is the text has been converted to Multiline text and you now have all the editing options of Mtext available.

* Command input is not case sensitive Lower or Upper case responds the same.

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AutoCAD: A Time Saving Command

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Move, Copy, Rotate within the same button:

The Express Tools tab offers many unique time-saving options. This button puts you in a (running mode) which means once you access the command it keeps you in the command until you finalize it by either the Enter or Esc key  While in the command you are able to switch between these command options (Move, Copy, Rotate, Scale, Base, Undo) without having to re-access the command.

MCR button

Located in the Express Tools tab / Modify Panel / Move/Copy/Rotate

or

Command Line: type in MOCOR

Command Line sequence to the first video: Move, Copy and Rotate options are used.

Command: _.MOCORO

Select objects: 1 found
Select objects: ↵

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: M

Second point of displacement:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: C

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>:  Select the end location

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: R

Second Point or Rotation angle:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: ↵

Command Line sequence to the next video: Move, Sale, Base and Copy options are used.

*Base allows a new point of displacement to be selected.

Command: _.MOCORO

Select objects: 1 found

Select objects: ↵

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: M

Second point of displacement:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: S

Second Point or Scale factor: 2 ←     type in a numeric size the item was scaled by

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: B

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: C

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

*Recall you can either select the desired option with a mouse click or type in the capital letter of the option.

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AutoCAD: Quick clean-up of Dimension Placement

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DIMSPACE: this command adjusts the spacing between Parallel Linear and or Angular dimensions.

Located in the Annotate Tab   Dimension Panel        DIMSPACE button.

AdjustSpace

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Command sequence:

AutoCAD sequence                                                    User input

Command: _DIMSPACE

Select base dimension:                        This is the Dimension that will stay in place and the other                                                                                        Dimensions will adjust to that one Dimension.

Select dimensions to space:                Here the user selects all Dimensions wanted to adjust. This can be                                                                       done individually or with a Selection Set option.

Select dimensions to space:                Offers another opportunity to select additional Dimensions if                                                                               missed. Once done selecting all Dimensions Enter.

Enter value or [Auto] <Auto>:           Here the user can place a numerical distance or accept the default                                                                        feature <Auto> and allow AutoCAD to adjust the dimension                                                                                spacing.

The first video shows the DIMSPACE Command adjusting the Dimensions using the <Auto> feature and then defining the distance by a numerical value.

Use ZERO for dimensions placed in a Continuous sequence for a quick dimensions adjustment.

At the Enter value or [Auto] <Auto>: prompt type in the number ZERO.

*The AUTO feature references back to the predefined TEXT height of the DIMENSION STYLE of the Base Dimension, which was the FIRST Dimension selected.

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AutoCAD: Angular Dimensions greater than 180°

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Have you noticed when placing in Angular Dimensions angles over 180° aren’t an option by default?

Location of Angular Dimension:

Annotate Tab  Dimension Panel within the Dimension drop down.

Also located in the Home Tab Annotation Panel within the Dimension drop down.

Location

The first video shows the Angular Dimension and placement of multiple angles under 180°.

Specify Vertex: Located within the Angular Command is the feature needed to place in an angle larger than 180°.

Command Line Vertex option

The Command sequence:

AutoCAD sequence                                                    User input

Command: _dimangular

Select arc, circle, line, or <specify vertex>:      

Specify angle vertex:                                        Select the Intersecting point of the two lines, if this was      an Arc the vertex selection would be the center of the Arc.

Specify first angle endpoint:                           Select the endpoint of one line. If Dimensioning an Arc                                                                                   Select one end of the Arc at this prompt.

Specify second angle endpoint:                      Select the endpoint of the opposite line. If Dimensioning                                                                               an Arc Select opposite end of the Arc at this prompt.

Specify dimension arc line location or [Mtext/Text/Angle/Quadrant]: Place the dimension on the DWG.

Dimension text = 214                                                                                         Showing the Angle of the                                                                                                                                                 dimension placed.

*When in a Command and AutoCAD offers brackets < > at the end we can simply ENTER and the feature in those brackets < > activates.

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AutoCAD: Revision Cloud New to 2016 and some Old features

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New to this release Rectangular or Polygonal Revision Clouds.

To access the Revision Cloud command:

Through the Ribbon:

Home tab – Draw Panel drop down –

Annotate tab – Markup Panel –

            Command Line:

Type in Revcloud ↵

Rev Cloud 1Rev Cloud 2

Rev Cloud 3

This Video show the three Revision Cloud styles:

Rectangular option TWO Places must be selected on the screen.

Polygonal option the user selected as many locations needed to create the Polygonal Rev Cloud around the area.

Freehand option select one point on the screen then move the mouse clockwise or counter-clockwise around the area desires and end up back at the starting point. AutoCAD places in the arc of the revision cloud and once back to the endpoint of where you started it closes the cloud.

Rev Cloud 4
Setting/Options for the Revision Cloud Command:

ARC Length: Select Arc Length or Type in A then you type in the desired length. This stays until you change it.

Object: this turns an existing CLOSED entity such as a Polygon, Rectangle or Circle into a Revision Cloud.

Rectangle: / Polygonal: / Freehand: Allows you to switch from one style option to another.

Style: Offers two option – Normal (most commonly used on technical drawings) or Calligraphy
*The Style stays to the set option until the user changes it.

Rev Cloud 5

Modify: Allows modification to an existing Revision Cloud.

Access the Modify option / Select the Rev Cloud to modify / Pick points to add to the Revision Area ending back on an area of the original Rev Cloud – The program connects them – the next selection is to select the portion of the Rev Cloud to be removed – the next prompt is to reverse the direction of the cloud YES or NO.

 

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