Mike Thorne, a design CAD operator, shares an AutoCAD tip about using tables.
"Using a table is a good way of implementing dynamic text on a grid, such as in a profile. You can use a table to insert a formula in one of the cells with an expression that references another cell (for example, =(A1+2)). By entering =(A1+2) in cell A2, the returned result is the numeric value in cell A1 plus 2. This cell can be copied within the table by selecting the upper-right corner symbol, 'Click and drag to auto-fill cells.'"
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: AutoCAD tables have come a very long way. They work and interact similarly to a spreadsheet program, such as Excel, and are almost as powerful. If you can work a spreadsheet, you can work an AutoCAD table. The table cells can contain text and/or fields. You can even insert blocks into a field — this works well when creating a legend.