Annotating and Dimensioning for Design and Drafting
Annotation objects provide critical details on features, such as the length of a room, the diameter of a fastener, or a detail callout. Dimension styles allow you to specify your conventions quickly. Learn how to add annotations and dimension styles to control your project details and maintain industry and project standards.
After completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Use text styles and create single and multiline text.
- Create and work with dimensions.
- Create and modify multileaders.
- Use annotative scaling.
- Create and edit fields.
- Create table styles, link tables, and extract data.
- Use the Linetype Manager to create, add, and work with linetypes.
Text is the most basic annotation you can add to a drawing. Text style allows you to control the appearance of text, which is then be applied to create your desired annotation.
Dimensions are annotations that report the size of objects, the angle between objects, and the distance between elements in the drawing. The dimension style lets you to control the appearance of dimensions.
Drawings often include callouts and notes combined with a leader and arrowhead that point to specific objects. These multileaders (Mleaders) are created as a single compound object.
The design features in a drawing—the mechanical part or the walls and doors of a building—are typically drawn at their actual size. The annotation objects then provide information about those features.
A field is a special type of annotation that contains instructions to display data that may change during the lifecycle of a drawing. When the drawing is updated, the latest data is displayed.
Tables provide a special method for creating and organizing annotations. A table is a compound object that contains information arranged in rows and columns, similar to a spreadsheet.
Linetypes let you to create objects that use different line patterns, including lines with dashes, dots, and even text and symbols as part of the line. Before you can use a linetype, you must load it from a linetype library file.