Thursday, June 30, 2005

Acad - Fields, Attributes and Objects

If you are using AutoCAD 2005 or higher and need to input square footage information (spaces, planning, etc...) the use of Fields can make the tedious manual process much easier by giving you the ability to update automatically as your area changes.

This can be accomplished through the use of a closed pline object and Fields. To do this insert any text (single, multi-line or attribute) in your drawing, right click and choose Insert Field. From here set your Field category to Objects and the Field names to Object. From here simply select your pline using the Select Object button next to the Object type area. Final item is to select your formatting and in 2006 set your precision.

This tip courtesy of Mark Couture and that's not all. Watch the video example showing how to accomplish this with attributes and fields then putting this information into a table and use the formulas feature in 2006 to total the areas here.

To view this video you will need the camtasia codec available from Techsmith.


Anonymous said...

For the past 8 months I've been working as a draftsman in AutoCAD 2004. I took a class and picked up the software pretty easily and I realized that this tool is a lot more powerful than what we use it for at my company. I have to do area takeoffs constantly and I've been frustrated because I know there's a better way to do it. I've been searching the net for a while and I find there a way to do something like a "field" in 2004?


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