Category Archive for: Organizing Your Work

If You Want to E.xperiment

If your application is not architecture, you may want to experiment with creating other types of symbols. You might also start thinking about a layering system that suits your particular needs. Open a new file called My temp. In it, create layers numbered 1 through 8 and assign each layer the color that corresponds to its number. For…

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Keeping Track of Blocks and Layers

The Insert and the Layer Properties Manager dialog boxes let you view the blocks and layers available in your drawing, by listing tli.emin a window. The Layer Properties Manager dialog box also includes information on the status oflayers. However, you may forget the layer on which an object resides. You’ve seen how the Properties option on the popup menu…

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Controlling Line-Type Scale

Zoom in to a small part of the line, and you’ll see that the line is indeed as you specified. Since you are working at.a scale of 1″=1′, you must adjust the scale of your line types accordingly. This, too, is accomplished in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box. 1. Select Format> Linetype from the pull-down menus. You…

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Assigning Line Types to Layers

You will often want to use different line types to show hidden lines, center lines, fence lines, or other noncontinuous lines. You can set a layer to have not only a color assignment but also a line-type assignment. AutoCAD comes with several line types, as shown in Figure 4.18. From the top of one image to the bottom…

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Other Layer Options

Yo~ may h’ave noticed the Freeze and’ Thaw buttons in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box. These options are similar to the On and Off buttons-however, Freeze not only makes layers invisible, it also tells Au’toCAD to ignore the contents of those layers wtien you use the All response to the Se1ect obj ects: .prornpt. Freezing layers can save…

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Controlling Colors and line Types of Blocked Objects

Layer 0 has special Importance to blocks. When objects assigned :0 Layer 0 are used as parts of a block, those objects take on the characteristics of the layer on which the block IS Inserted. On the other hand, if those objects are on if layer other than Layer 0, they maintain their onqinal layer characteristics even If…

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The New layer Properties Manager Dialog Box

The Layer dialog box conforms to the Windows interface standard. juctice that the bar at the top of the Lacar , .arnc list box offers several buttons ror the various layer properties. lust as YIIU can adjust the Windows Explorcr.y ou can adjust the “width of each column in the be clicking and nhe either side of the colurnn…

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Organiziing information with layars

Another tool for organization is the layer. Layers are like overlays on which you keep various types of information (see Figure 4.12). In a floor plan of a building, for example, you want to keep the walls, ceiling, plumbing fixtures, wiring, and furniture separate, so you can display or plot them individually or combine them in different ways. It’s…

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An Alternative to Blocks

Another way to create symbols is by creating shapes. Shapesare special objects made up of lines, arcs, and circles. They can regenerate faster than blocks and they take up tes, He space. Unfortunately, shapes are considerably more difficult to create and less flexible to use than blocks. You create shapes by using a coding system developed by Autodesk.…

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Modifylng a Block

There are actually two ways in which you can modify a block. One way is to completely redefine the block. Before AutoCAD 2000, this was the only way to make changes to a block. A second method for modifying blocks is to use the Reference Edit tool, which is new in AutoCAD 2000. The Reference Edit tool lets…

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