AutoCAD 2005 Features and Benefits
Plotting from the Sheet Set manager allows you to easily plot a complete set of drawings without the effort of tracking down where the individual DWG files reside on file servers. This helps save you large amounts of time. The new user interface gives you an easier and less-error-prone way to set up plot jobs, and background plotting allows you to continue working even when a job is plotting.
To archive project documents, organizations typically must copy individual drawing files from one folder to another. Storing multiple versions of drawing files increases the risk of using incorrect or out-of-date project information.
The Sheet Set Manager produces and stores copies automatically, providing a more dependable method for archiving project data.
Automatically archiving the sheet makes it easy to revisit project milestones. In addition, it ensures that you work with pertinent data and minimizes the chance for mistakes caused by storing multiple versions of drawing files.
Annotating and Composing Drawings
An AutoCAD drawing consists of text and graphical information. The creation, placement, and editing of textual information can be tedious, time-consuming, and prone to error. Many drawings also use industry-specific symbols or special characters that must align correctly with other characters and symbols in your drawings.
The following sections highlight powerful, new AutoCAD 2005 commands that provide flexibility for inserting and manipulating annotated information.
Tabular data such as lists, schedules, and legends is a fundamental part of many sheet sets. This table data is created using basic AutoCAD objects such as lines and text. Manually creating or updating table data requires many steps and time-consuming attention to detail, and the risk for error can increase as the project progresses.
The new Table command in AutoCAD 2005 streamlines the process of creating tables and controlling their properties so you can focus on content. You can predefine table styles that control elements such as border properties (grid visibility, line weight, and color), cell properties (text style, height, color alignment, and background fill), the location of headings, and more. Use an existing table style to create new tables that inherit all the defined style properties. Change any property of any table element or apply a new table style in seconds.