This 37 minute lesson introduces the Layout Book and shows how Views may be placed as Drawings onto Layout Sheets.
The Layout Book is accessed from the Navigator using the button at the top just to the right of the View Map button. You will see the project name shown at the top of the window, with Subsets (folders with numbering rules) and Layouts below. Often, Layouts are organized within Subsets to manage automatically numbered sequences.
On each Layout, one or more Drawings may be placed. Each Layout is set to use a specific Master Layout, which provides a particular sheet size along with a background which usually includes a Title Block.
In the lesson, various Layouts are examined, and then the Master Layout is studied and modified. First, a logo graphic is imported using the File menu > External Content > Place External Drawing command, which can bring in a wide variety of graphic formats. (NOTE: Users of the Start Edition may need to place graphics using the Figure tool instead, which allows basic graphics such as JPG or TIF but does not handle PDF files.)
The logo is selected and resized using the pet palette “stretch” command, then moved into position. It has a Title showing underneath, which isn’t appropriate, so the options for Titles are explored using the popup within the Info Box; eventually “No Title” is chosen. The logo appears with an outline due to the View menu > Onscreen View Options > Show Drawing Frames setting; this is turned off so that the layout appears more like it will print.
A simple text block is added for the design firm contact information using left alignment and upper left anchoring, then is moved into proper position. Next, the area of the title block with client information is examined. Since it is indicating that the name is set from a Project Info data field (the “#” symbol shows that it’s a field rather than a common editable text block), we open up the File menu > Info > Project Info dialog.
In the Project Info, various fields are filled out, then when confirmed, the text on the sheet updates accordingly. A new text block is added using the Autotext option to select and insert the Company data field. Lower down in the title block, a text block is placed with some static text (“PRINT DATE: “) combined with a data field autotext from the System category to show the current date. The text block is resized to fit within the graphic area, and wraps nicely into two lines.
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