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Lesson 1-01 IMPORTING FORMATTING USING DESIGNCENTER ...................................................................................................................................................... 1 Managing the Design Center Palette Properties ...................................................................................................................................... 2 Design Center Toolbar Buttons ................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Importing Dimension and Multileader Styles ........................................................................................................................................... 3 Importing Layers and Linestype ............................................................................................................................................................... 5 SAVING THE DRAWING ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 6

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Lesson 1-01 Overview Creating a Template is probably the single most productive act an AutoCAD user can perform. A template drawing is used to begin a new drawing with the layers, text styles, dimension styles, linetypes and layouts typically used in a particular type of drawing. Different templates can be developed for different types of drawings and applications. In this exercise you will import Layers, Linetypes, Dimension Styles and Multileader Styles from other drawings.

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Display the Design Center Palette Load a drawing's content into the Design Center Palette

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Import Styles into the current drawing Import Layers and Linetypes into the current drawing

Set the current styles and properties.

If AutoCAD is not open, begin AutoCAD. See Common Tasks: Beginning AutoCAD. Begin a New drawing using the ACADISO template. See Common Tasks: Beginning a New Drawing.

The ACADISO template is a good start to make a really functional template. However, there are a lot of things missing that will improve efficiency and consistency. Only the bare minimum of properties and styles are present, as you will see when you perform the following tasks:    

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Layer Control (Home>Layers). Linetype Control (Home>Properties). Dimension Style Control (Annotate>Dimensions). Multileader Style Control (Annotate>Leaders).

Linetype Control

Dimension Styles

Multileader Styles

Importing Formatting Using DesignCenter Command: ADCENTER (View>Palettes>Design Center) The Design Center Palette allows you to import content (layers, linetypes, text styles, block definitions, layouts, etc) contained in other drawings. 

Select the ADCENTER command (View>Palettes>Design Center).

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Managing the Design Center Palette Properties Size •

Drag an edge of the window to change its size. If the window has panes, drag the bar between panes to resize the panes

Allow Docking •

Note: If the title bar is not visible along the side of the palette, hover over the top of the palette until a _ and X appears. Click the _.

A docked window adheres to one side of the application window, causing the drawing area to be resized

Anchor • • • •

Attach, or anchor, a dockable window or palette to the left or right side of the drawing area Rolls open and closed as the cursor moves across it Overlaps drawing area when open An anchored window cannot be set to stay open; the Allow Docking option must be selected before you can anchor a window

Auto-hide •

Rolls open and closes as the cursor moves across it

 

Select the Properties button in the title bar of the palette to control its size, location and behavior. Choose Anchor Right > from the menu.

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Design Center Toolbar Buttons The toolbar along the top of the Design Center palette includes buttons for displaying different panes (areas) of the palette and navigating folders and content.

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Load a Drawing Display a select file dialog box to load the selected item into the content pane 2 Back Displays the previous group, drawing or folder 3 Forward Returns to the next folder in a previous displayed sequence of groups, drawings or folders 4 Up Displays the group, drawing or folder one level up 5 Search Search for drawings, blocks, layers, linetypes, xrefs, etc. 6 Favorites Folder Displays the contents of the Favorites folder which contains shortcuts to frequently used items 7 Home Folder Display the content of the designated folder, which is set to ...\Sample\DesignCenter by default 8 Tree View Pane Toggle Use the Tree View Pane to navigate to drives, folders, drawings and web locations 9 Preview Pane Toggle Displays a preview of the selected drawing, block, hatch pattern or xref 10 Description Pane Toggle If available, displays a description of the selected item 11 View Toggle Displays contents as Large Icons, Small Icons, List or Details

 

Turn off the Tree Pane by choosing the toggle button (8). Select the Load button (1) to load the content of a drawing into the Design Center palettes.

Importing Dimension and Multileader Styles A standard select file window will display.   

If C:\CCAD Training is not the current folder, use the shortcut in the Places list (2) to open the folder. Use the slider if necessary to locate the drawing named Metric Styles. Either double-click on the file name or click and then click the Open button.

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Move your cursor over the Design Center title bar if it’s not visible. Double-click on Dimstyles.

Three dimension styles are defined in the Metric Styles file. Next you will import these styles into the current drawing. All or a group of items can be selected.

  

Place your cursor at one corner of the selection box as indicated. Click and hold. Move your cursor to the opposite corner and release.

Any icon touching or inside the box is selected.   

Place your cursor on one of the icons. Click and hold. Move your cursor to the drawing area and release.

Verify that the Dimension Styles have been su successfully imported. 

Select ▼ at the end of the Dimension Style Control (Annotate>Dimensions).

The ISO-25 25 Dimensions Style can be deleted in the Dimension Style Manager. To save time and encourage consistency it's a good idea to set the most likely Dimension Style current. 

Select Metric from the list to set it current.

When a new drawing is started using this template (once it IS a template) template), the Metric dimension style will be current. Next you will import a group of layers and linetypes from a different drawing.   

Move your cursor over the Design Center title bar if it’s not visible. Click the Up button in the toolbar. Double-click on Multileaders.

On your own, import the Leaders and Callout Multileader styles.

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Importing Layers and Linestype  

Move your cursor over the Design Center title bar if it’s not visible. Select the Load button to load the content of a drawing into the Design Center palettes.

A standard select file window will display.



If C:\CCAD Training is not the current folder, use the shortcut in the Places list to open the folder. Use the slider if necessary to locate the drawing named Metric Properties.



Double-click on Layers.

 

Select the 0 icon. Hold the SHIFT key and select the Viewport icon.



The selected icons and all the icons between are selected.  

Place your cursor on one of the icons. Click and hold.

Move your cursor to the drawing area and release.

Verify that the Layers have been successfully imported.  

Select â–ź at the end of the Layer Control (Home>Layers). Choose Contour from the list to set it current.

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Move your cursor over the Design Center title bar if it’s not visible. Click the Up button in the toolbar. Double-click on Linetypes.

 

Select the Border icon. Hold the SHIFT key and select the ZigZag icon.

The selected icons and all the icons between are selected.  

Place your cursor on one of the icons. Click and hold.

Move your cursor to the drawing area rea and release.

Verify that the Layers have been successfully imported.



Select â–ź at the end of the Linetype Control (Home>Properties) (Home>Properties).

Saving the Drawing Well, that was a lot of work. Let's save the drawing, just in case something goes wrong.

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Commands: QSAVE (Quick Access Toolbar) The Quick Access Toolbar, located at the top of the application window, remains in the same location regardless of the current ribbon tab. It contains a defined set of commands. Commands can be added or removed from the toolbar using the arrow at the end. The QSAVE command saves the drawing to the current location, name and version specified in the OPTIONS command. It displays the Save Drawing As window if the current file is not named. Following the initial save of a drawing, each time you use SAVE or QSAVE the extension of previous file saved is changed to BAK and then the file is saved. By renaming or copying a BAK file to a DWG the next to last saved version of the drawing can be recovered. The Automatic Save feature controlled in the OPTIONS command saves drawings at the specified intervals to a designated location. Automatic save files and BAK files will be display in the Drawing Recovery Manager palette the next time AutoCAD opens following a system failure. 

Select the QSAVE command (Quick Access>Save).

 

Select the â–ź at the end of the Save in control. Select the C: drive.

(It may be labeled something like (OS C:) or Local (C:)

  

Double-click the CCAD Training folder. In the File name box, type My Metric Template. Now select the Save button.

Note that we have saved this file as a DWG file. We will convert it to a template (DWT) file later in this exercise. 

Select the QUIT command (Application Browser>Exit AutoCAD 2012).

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Lesson 1-1  

Updating Older Drawings