You can use attributes to help automate data entry into drawings. To
Create a drawing file called
with the attribute definitions shown in Figure 10.7. Note the
Figure 10.7: The Record file with attribute definitions
Save and exit the file, and then create a new drawing called Schedule containing the schedule shown in Figure 10.8.
Figure 10.8: The Schedule drawing with Record inserted
Use the Insert command and insert the Record file into the schedule at the point indicated.
Note that you are prompted for each entry of the record. Enter any value you like for each prompt. When you are finished, the information for one record is entered into the schedule.
At times you will want to
with a digitizing tablet is the
Even if you don't plan to trace drawings into AutoCAD, read the following section on tracing because some of the information presented here will help you with everyday editing
a drawing is the most flexible method because you don't need a tablet to do it and,
AutoCAD. The main drawback with scaling is that if the drawing does not contain complete dimensional information, you must constantly look at the hand-drafted drawing and measure distances with a scale. Also, irregular curves are difficult to scale accurately.
offers some unique opportunities with AutoCAD 2005, especially if you have a lot of RAM and a fast hard disk. Potentially, you can scan a drawing, save it on your computer as an image file, import the image into AutoCAD, and then trace over it. You still need to perform some cleanup work on the traced drawing, but because you can see your tracing directly on your screen, you have better control, and you won't have quite as much cleaning up to do as you do when tracing from a
Programs are available that automatically convert an image file into a vector file of lines and arcs. These programs might offer some help, but they require the most cleaning up of the options presented here. Like tracing, scanning is best used for drawings that are difficult to scale, such as complex