AutoCAD 2005 Features and Benefits
Sheet Views and Viewports Problem
Some projects require extensive documentation to accurately communicate design information, resulting in sheets with many layouts and views. These views may use dimensional scales that provide support for greater detail. Organizations must then track all references and cross-references for each detail drawing, reference tag, callout, and label. Managing and updating these sheets manually requires close attention to detail.
AutoCAD 2005 enhancements can dramatically reduce the time required to create layouts (named views) and reuse viewport settings. The Sheet Set Manager automatically places and updates reference tags, callouts, and labels throughout an entire sheet set, and changes to drawing files are automatically reflected in the views on each sheet. Viewport enhancements also enable you to associate a layout with specific layer settings.
Automatic updating of tags, callouts, and labels reduces the risk of error. You can quickly restore specific settings for one or more viewports anywhere in a sheet set. And because changes are automatically reflected in all views, you know that your sheet sets are always up-to-date.
Publishing and Sharing Problem
Most organizations that use AutoCAD software need to publish sheet sets for distribution throughout various phases of a project. Whether you are preparing hard-copy plots for a client meeting, distributing partner-specific sheet sets to team members, or sending Design Web Format™ files (DWF™ files) to suppliers, you need to know that the correct information is being collected, published, and shared. Currently, plotting to hard copy or publishing to DWF requires the user to navigate through a complex set of dialogs and occupies the application while it is being performed (sometimes for hours at a time).
The Sheet Set Manager enables quick and easy identification and access to individual sheets in a set by using the intuitive, tree-structured folder hierarchy common to many Microsoft® Windows® applications. You can create an unlimited number of named sheet sets for any project. With AutoCAD 2005, you are now able to perform plotting and publishing as a background process on their workstation, freeing you to continue working. The new simplified plot user interface also makes it easier to setup and publish your drawings. The new plot log file creates a history of any problems that occurred during the plot operation making it easier for the you or the CAD manager to diagnose and fix them.
The Sheet Set Manager supports the publishing of data-rich DWF files as individual sheets or as a single multisheet set. If project participants are using Autodesk® DWF™ Composer software to mark up or redline sheet sets, they can simply send back the marked-up DWF sheet set. AutoCAD 2005 guides you directly to the correct file so that you can make the documented changes. For more information about Autodesk DWF Composer, see www.autodesk.com/viewers.
You can easily share sheet sets by using the Sheet Set Manager to create an electronic transmittal package. The eTransmit command has been enhanced in AutoCAD 2005 to support publishing of sheet sets.