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Keep All Information inside the Border
Tip# 4036 By Maria Tzanetakou On 17-Dec-2012
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Categories : Paper Space
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Outline the limits of the viewport in your layout.

Tipster Maria Tzanetakou shares a trick she uses to help define a model space work area in AutoCAD.

"Where I work, we use just AutoCAD to design mechanical–electrical installations, so we use architectural drawings as backgrounds. We xref-attach the architectural drawings, and at layouts we create viewports to plot the drawings. While in paper space we click in model space and draw a rectangle, which outlines the limits of the viewport of each layout.

"This is a rectangular border within which we can design the desired installation. Outside of this border there is a note advising that all information is to be placed within the colored border. This prevents colleagues from designing outside of it, thereby ensuring that all necessary information appears within the plotted drawing. At the layout we prepare the page setup, and we then import the drawing with the Sheet Set Manager. After this we can plot using the Publish command."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton:
This can be a very helpful trick when many people work on the same file. It can also help new AutoCAD users understand how paper space and viewports work.


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Comment by Wooten,Billy
Posted on 2012-12-17 14:49:17
Load this program, click inside an unlocked model space viewport and execute this routine (DP -> enter). It automatically draws a rectangle in model space based on the size of the paper space viewport.
Comment by Shehata,Tawfik
Posted on 2012-12-17 17:49:57
In case of viewport shapes other than rectangles: 1- While in paper space run the BPOLY command, pick a point inside the viewport to draw a polyline that will match the viewport shape. 2- Run the CHSPACE command followed by ā€œLā€ (to choose the last drawn object) to move this polyline into your model space.
Comment by Korem,Danny
Posted on 2012-12-17 22:47:33
See Tip# 3that 601 and find out how to create a named view from the rectangle to later restore within any viewport of the same height.
Comment by Korem,Danny
Posted on 2012-12-17 22:47:45
See Tip# 3that 601 and find out how to create a named view from the rectangle to later restore within any viewport of the same height.
Comment by Kellogg,C. Frank
Posted on 2012-12-18 11:30:51
I once found a tip here by Murray Clack, with a routine called VPLIM. http://cadtips.cadalyst.com/paper-space/pspae-limits-mspace I modified it to have the rectangle drawn with a very heavy line, in a color of my choice, on the viewports (non-plotting) layer. When I use it, I select a different color for each layout tab's viewports. When I go back to model space, I turn lineweights ON, and I can easily see where the viewports are looking, and which page they are on. (sometimes, the rectangles -polylines- that are drawn are all wonky, but I'm not sure why)

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