The feature that really won me over to the whole DWF thing is the ability to plot to scale, a feature that's built into Autodesk's Express Viewer. The Viewer is included on your AutoCAD 2005 installation CD and can be downloaded from their website at www.autodesk.com/dwfviewer. This is where you want to send your contractors and collaborators who don't have AutoCAD so they can download it and view the DWF files. Then I found a couple other Text-related things that I thought were worthy of note that may escape the casual observer… or those of us who just don't take the time to investigate stuff because we're so darn busy. And finally, just to make sure we're all on the same page, a quick overview of the A2005 Revcloud routine; their fourth iteration of this feature. Carry on.
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When you need to get a drawing into the hands of folks that don't have AutoCAD, there are a number of solutions, the most common of which is to create a PDF file. OK, so you're a small shop and you haven't shelled out the nominal currency for Adobe Acrobat. An alternative might be to use the fabulous product pdf995 ( www.pdf995.com), which costs less than US$10.00 and creates a PDF Printer Driver for any Windows application capable of output. But I digress.
Nonetheless, if you send a PDF file to the customer, chances are they will not be able to plot it to scale… or turn off layers… or access a hyperlink to a website. But if you send them a DWF file they can do all of that!
To turn Off layers in a DWF file, you need to use the DWF eView (optimized for viewing).pc3. Since neither A2004 or A2005 have that driver installed by default, you will need to load it. We'll start there in the instructions.
In A2005, if you have specified a DWF output, you are prompted for the DWF name WHEN you click Plot; there isn't a place in the Plot dialog to specify the output name.
Multi-Sheet DWF in A2004/A2005: For drawings with multiple layouts to be plotted, the Publish command () can create a Multi-Sheet DWF.
If the Autodesk Express Viewer has been installed on the system, when they/you double-click the DWF file, the Viewer opens. If it is a Multi-Sheet DWF, you will see thumbnail views on the left in the viewer.
Tip: Since the printing is based upon the current view's lower left corner, zoom to the desired area first, then open the Print dialog box.
If you have older, pre-Mtext drawings or drawings you may have received from other sources, theis a real time-saver.
Tremendous improvements have been made across the history of the Mtext routine since it was originally introduced. Oddly, the only method by which the spacing between lines can be adjusted is in the Properties window for an Mtext object, not in the Mtext editor shortcut menu.
Make adjustments using the Line Space Factor (easiest method for finessing the distance between lines), Line Space Distance, or the Line Space Style.
I. R14/Bonus. II. For Sale : Express Tools, Volumes 1-9. III. AutoCAD 2004. IV. AutoCAD 2005.
OK, some could argue that II and III were the same, but nonetheless, the routine has gone through several iterations. Of significant importance (for many of you) is the fact that the AutoCAD 2005 Revcloud feature brought back the Calligraphy option.
Select arc style [Normal/Calligraphy] <Calligraphy>:
Specify start point or [Arc length/Object/Style]
Reverse direction [Yes/No] <No>:
Press ENTER to keep the revision cloud as it is, or type Y to reverse the cloud as shown in figure 5.
Note: If you opt to reverse the direction, there is no prompt along the lines of "Are you sure you really wanted to turn this inside out?". The command ends. If you Undo, you get the original pline shape back (figure 3), not the good cloud you had before you "experimented" with the reversed direction. Enjoy!
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