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Eliminate Excess Drawing Scales
Tip# 4011 By Danny Korem On 05-Nov-2012
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Purge unwanted drawing scales from the Annotated Scales list.

Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a tip about cleaning up the Annotated Scales list in your AutoCAD files.

"There are times when you wish there were no drawing scales, right? Here is the workaround to keep the scale list short and in line with your needs.

”First, edit the default scales list to match your needs. As you can see in the default scale list at the lower right of the screen shot below, I selected and deleted all the scales I don't need, keeping only usable ones. If one has mixed metric and Imperial scales, use the Reset option, select the correct units (metric in this case), and then use the Delete button for best results. Choosing everything in the list will delete only unused scales. If you want to purge your list, that would be the best practice.



"Next, tell AutoCAD to hide scales within attached files (xrefs) by going to the lower-right corner of your AutoCAD window and clicking on Hide Xref scales, as seen iat the bottom of the screen shot below.



"If you need to work with other people’s drawing files and you find yourself fighting again with excessive scale lists, you can open those files (each one if you have a bunch of files cross-referenced with one another) and do the following: Open the scale list as in the previous procedure and click Custom. The dialog box called Edit Drawing Scales (the same as in the first example of the default scales list) pops up. Press the Rset button, select your method (metric or Imperial), then delete all the excess scales.

"We are all more comfortable working on our own files. Therefore, good prototyping habits, such as having a bunch of template files, can be utilized to manage those drawing scale lists. No matter what the defaults are, scale lists saved within a template file will make all the scales accessible. Naturally the scales in the template (or based upon it) will be added to the default ones, so you should minimize the default list as much as possible. Another best practice is to match properties from a file with features you want your objects to inherit, such as annotation scales for texts, dimensions, blocks, and hatch patterns."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: Annotation scaling helps users create text in multiple scales in multiple viewports. An annotated text object will be displayed at a set height, regardless of the scale of the viewport. The catch is that you have to add the scales in which you want the object. AutoCAD has tools that will automatically add the annotation scales to objects and drawings; this is convenient, but it can make a mess of things. This tip will help you get everything under control.

 

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