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CAD Basics 2

Video Length:  1:05
Friday, 07 March 2014
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In the second installment of the Land F/X AutoCAD basics training series, we focus on sheet setup, providing a step-by-step guide for designers that are new to CAD and those who would like another perspective on sheet organization and drawing management.

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0:00 – 4:40: Intro, TOC, Resources


4:41 – 10:19: QNEW Templates

  • Loading a Layer State using Land F/X Layer States tool (6:33)    
  • Setting up Drawing units for the template (7:00) - (see also AutoCAD Basics Part 1)
  • Saving new drawing (DWG) (not yet a template) (7:30)
  • Saving the new drawing as a template (DWT) (7:50)
  • Template Options dialog box (options: Description, Measurement, New Layer Notification) (8:24)
  • Setting a default template:
    • OP (Options) Command / Options dialog box (8:40)
    • Using Files > Template Settings to choose a default template (9:00)


10:20 – 17:29: Title Blocks

  • Intro to Title Blocks (11:00)
  • Using External References (XREFs) to bring in Title Blocks such as Data Fields, Tags, and Standards (12:00)
    • Data Fields (15:00)
      • Example data fields: Project Name, Client Name, Sheet Number, Sheet Title, Project Number, Date, etc. (15:20)
      • Pasting templated content between different drawings’ data fields with PasteOrig command (16:12)
      • Reloading the source XREF to see changes in title block (16:30)


17:30 – 34:22: Sheet Set Manager

  • SSM (Sheet Set Manager) command/dialog box (17:50)
    • Creating a new sheet set by using Open > New Sheet Set (Create Sheet Set dialog box) (18:15)
    • Removing sheet subsets (19:50)
    • Adding sheets (20:18)
      • Adding sheets to subsets using (right-click)/Import Layout as Sheet (21:12)

                                              -Import Layouts as Sheets dialog box / Browse for Drawings button (21:26)

  • Linking new sheets with data fields, setting up plot preferences (22:23)
    • Field dialog box (22:42)
    • Viewing/editing/adding sheet set properties / Sheet Set Properties dialog box (23:53)
    • Renaming/renumbering sheets / Rename & Renumber Sheet dialog box (28:47)
    • Autopopulating data from fields into other sheets (occurs automatically when user saves data fields) (30:28)


34:23 – 47:05: XREF and Sheet Setup

  • The importance of keeping different references (e.g., landscape, irrigation, and hardscape, and base file) separate (34:48)
  • Attaching external references (XREFS) / Select Reference File dialog box (35:30)
  • Creating/scaling a viewport (37:48)
    • Drawing a matchline (38:38)
    • Defining (framing) the viewport by drawing polylines (PLINE command) (39:01)
    • Scaling viewport (latching onto polyline frame) using VPCLIP (Viewport Clip) command (39:30)
    • Locking viewport by clicking the Lock/Unlock Viewport button (40:10)
    • Matchprop (Match Properties) command (41:00)
    • Freezing objects in Model Space vs. in viewport (42:30)
      • Freezing a layer in Model Space or a particular viewport by typing the LAYFRZ (Layer Freeze) command (42:40)                       
  • Managing Reference Notes / Plant Schedules (45:00)
    • Land F/X Work Areas (45:10)
      • Creating a work area by clicking F/X Admin > Define Work Area (45:30)                                             

47:06 – 54:19: Plotting

  • Working in Plot Preview mode (vs. working in color) (47:16)
    • Displaying plot styles to allow for previewing the drawing without having to print to PDF (48:45)                       
  • CTBs (.ctb) vs. STBs (.stb) (50:03)
    • Why Land/FX recommends using CTB as a plot style (50:10)      
  • Selecting plot styles using the Plot command / dialog box (50:30)
    • Customizing plot styles using the Plot Style Table Editor dialog box (50:35)
    • PC3 files (51:07)
    • Determining plot area (51:51)
    • Fitting plot to paper (plot scale) (52:47)
    • Scaling lineweights for correct printing (52:52)
    • Displaying transparency by clicking the TPY button (53:06)
    • Including transparency in the printout by checking the Plot Transparency box under Plot Options (53:40)
      • The importance of leaving the Plot Transparency box unchecked until you are ready to plot (53:52)


54:20 – 58:41: Plotting Templates

  • The Page Setup Manager dialog box (55:25)
    • Modifying a layout in the Page Setup Manager dialog box, accessed by clicking the Modify button (56:24)
      • Establishing template settings in the Page Setup dialog box (56:30)
    • Creating a new template using the New button (57:49)                       


58:42 – 1:01:07: Overview of Creating a Template

  • The importance of putting title blocks and viewports on the correct layer (1:00:32)

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