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You’re not limited to just one Paper Space layout. You can have as many Paper Space layouts as you want with each layout set up for a different sheet size containing different views of your drawing. You can use this feature to set up multiple drawing sheets based on a single AutoCAD drawing file. Imagine that you have a client that requires full sets of plans in both l/S”,= I’ scale and 1/16″ = l’ scale.

You can set up two Layout tabs, each with a different sheet size and viewport scale. You can also set up different Paper Space layouts for the different types of drawings. In the San Francisco Main Library project a single drawing contained the data for mechanical layout equipment and furnishing, floor.plans, and reflected ceiling plans. While that project used multiple files to set the layers for each plan a single file with multiple Layout tabs can serve the same purpose in AutoCAD 2000. ) .

To create new Layout tabs, do the following.

1. Right-click any tab.
2. Select New Layout from the popup menu. A new tab is added to those that already exist
3. Click the new tab. The Page Setup dialog box appears.
4. Click OK. The new tab appears with its single default viewport

When you click a new tab the Page Setup dialog box appears just as it did in . the first exercise of this section. The Layout tab popup menu also offers the From Template option. The From Template option lets you create a Paper Space layout based on an AutoCAD template file.AutoCAD offers several standard layouts that include title blocks based on common sheet sizes.

The Layout tab popup menu also offers options that allow you to delete rename move copy or select all the tabs. H you.find that there are more tabs than can fit in the space provided you can navigate the tabs using the arrows just to the left of the tabs .

Creating Odd-Shaped Viewports

There are many situations when a rectangular viewport will not provide a view appropriate for what you want to accomplish. For example you may want to is0- late part of a floor plan that is L-shaped or even circular. You can create viewports from virtually shape you need as the following exercise demonstrates

Now suppose you w~ set up this Layout tab to show only the lower apartment units and the elevfJ”!S and staiis.
1. Click the Clip Existing Viewport tool in the Viewports toolbar. You can also choose Modify> Clip> Viewport.
2. At the Select vi ewport to c1i p: prompt, click the viewport border.
3. At the Select clipping object or [Polygonal] <Polygonal>: prompt
press .
4. Turn off Running Osnaps and draw the outline shown in Figure 12.39.
5. When you have finished selecting points, press ..J. The ‘viewport changes to conform to the newshape.
6. Click the viewport border to expose its grips.
7. Click a grip and move it to a new location. Notice that the viewport view conforms to the new shape as shown in the bottom view of Figure 12.39

FIGURE 12.39: Drawing a polygon outline for a viewport

FIGURE 12.39:
Drawing a polygon outline
for a viewport


The new viewport shape gives you more flexibility in isolating rtions of a drawing. This can be especially useful if you have a large project that is divided into smaller sheets. You can set up several Layout tabs each displaying a different portion of the plan.

What if you want a viewport that is not rectilinear? The next exercise shows you how to create a circular viewport.
1. Erase the viewport you just modified.
2. -Draw a circle that roughly fills the Paper Space area.” .
3. Click the Convert Object to Viewport option on the Viewports toolbar or select View >Viewports >aDject.
4. Click the circle. The plan appears inside the circle, as shown in Figure 12.40.

“To simplify this exercise you were asked to draw a circle to use as the basis for a new viewport. You are not limited to circles you can use any closed polyline or spline of any shape (see Chapter 13 for a detailed discussion on poly lines and splines). You can also use the Polygon tool in the Draw toolbar to create a shape then turn it into a viewport

FIGURE 12.40:

FIGURE 12.40:

If you look carefully at the series of prompts for the last exercise, you’ll notice that the Convert Object to Viewports option invokes a command lineversion of the Vports command (-vports). The command-line version of Vports offer some options that the standard Vports command does not. The following option .are available with the command-line version of Vports:

[ON/OFF/Fit/Hideplot/Lock/Object/Polygonal/Restore/2/3/4] <Fit>

You used two of the options in theselast two exercises, the Polygon option and the Object option. If you’re an experienced AutoCAD user, you may notice that this command-line version of Vports is the same as the Mview command of earlier releases. You can still use the Mview command if you prefer

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