Annotation is a crucial part of your design drawings and creating annotations can consume a considerable amount of your workday. The frequent need for you to view the same design data at different scales can require you to produce multiple sets of annotation objects, such as text and dimensions, using multiple layers. Like many of you, I have been using and teaching AutoCAD for years and I know that the most challenging topic every AutoCAD user MUST learn is annotation scaling. It is not easy and it never has been. Well, I have to admit… when I posted a recent article on Scaling Dimensions and Text, I had ulterior motives… to show you how much easier it is with AutoCAD 2008!! I am THRILLED to be able to say, at last, that with AutoCAD 2008, you can forget all that scaling stuff I explained a few days ago!!!
New and improved functionality in AutoCAD 2008 enables you to annotate your drawings with greater flexibility and efficiency than ever before. Using new annotation scaling tools, you can automate the process of creating and editing objects that are typically used for annotation, such as Text, Mtext, Dimensions, Leaders, Multileaders (new), Tolerances, Blocks, Attributes, and Hatches.
I’ve posted two videos to help provide an overview of annotation scaling. The first one describes some of the challenges associated with creating annotations using traditional tools and the second one demonstrates the new annotation scaling tools in AutoCAD 2008. Over the next few months I will delve deeper into this new, exciting, and long-awaited functionality!