As I mentioned in Annotation Scaling 102, you can use the Properties window to change the Annotative property of any object that supports annotation scaling. And, as I described in Annotation Scaling 103, the Annotative property of some objects (Text, Dimensions, Multileaders), can also be applied using styles. In addition, some objects including Mtext, Block Definitions, Attribute Definitions, and Hatches, provide an Annotative control within their object-specific editors. The Text Formatting toolbar has an Annotative button and the Block Definition, Attribute Definition, Hatch and Gradient, Hatch Edit, Block Attribute Manager, and Enhanced Attribute Editor dialog boxes have new Annotative controls.
It doesn’t matter how you enable the Annotative property of an object. Once it is enabled, AutoCAD automatically creates a scale representation using the current annotation scale. If you disable the Annotative property, AutoCAD automatically creates the equivalent traditional (non-annotative) object based on the current annotation scale.…. But wait! I still haven’t described scale representations or annotation scales! Don’t worry! We’re getting there! Here are the main things to understand at this point:
- Any of the following types of objects can take advantage of the new annotative scaling functionality: Text, Mtext, Dimensions, Leaders, Multileaders (new object type), Tolerances, Blocks, Attributes, and Hatches.
- You can enable and disable the Annotative property of an object using a variety of methods including the Properties window, styles, and object-specific editors.
- The Annotative property must be enabled for an object to use annotative scaling.