Tawfik Shehata sent us a tip about adding annotation scales to AutoCAD objects.
"If you are working on a drawing with multiple xrefs attached to it, and you need to assign one or more annotation scales to the annotative objects inside those xrefs, try this method:
- While in the host file, make both the Annotation Scale Visibility and the Autoscale icons active (the icons are located at the bottom-right corner of your AutoCAD window). If you can’t find the icons, set STATUSBAR to 1, 2, or 3.
- If you are in model space, set the annotation scale (next to the two icons mentioned above) to the desired scales one after the other; each time you select a value, it will be added automatically into each xref file.
"(You can do the same in paper space using a viewport.) As soon as you are done, make sure to switch these two icons back to their inactive state to avoid adding more scales to your xrefs accidently, as you can’t remove these scales with the Undo command (these icons are not supposed to be on all the time anyway). In order to enable the host drawing to save the annotation scales into your xrefs, all their files must not be opened at the time you do this.
"Does this sound like a lengthy method? It's still a lot faster than opening each xref or editing it in place (if RefEdit was allowed)."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: I don’t think this is a lengthy method at all. In fact, it’s rather simple: Just turn on ANNOAUTOSCALE and ANNOALLVISIBLE, and change the scale setting! Very quick and easy.