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Create Custom Fields for Sheet Sets to Minimize Manual Data Changes
Tip# 3285 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 18-Oct-2009
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Categories : Sheet Sets
Software type : AutoCAD 2010
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Custom properties can be anything: text, numbers, or even dates. This is an area where you can store data relevant to your project or drawing set that you want to display on several sheets.

Frequent tipsterLeonid Nemirovsky shows us how to create customized data fields to use in our sheet sets. "Open a sheet set, highlight the name, and right-click. Now select the Properties option. In the lower left corner of the dialog box, select the 'Edit Custom Properties' box you will see something that resembles the figure below.

"You can add custom properties that can be inserted into title blocks (or other text) as fields. After you have created this custom property, you can control values from the sheet set without opening drawings. Here is the better news: If you check 'Sheet Set as the owner of a custom property when creating that property (see example below), then all changes to it will happen in all the drawings included in the sheet set. For example, the custom property could be the Released for Construction date.

"On the other hand, if you select Sheet, you can add this field to individual sheets (not to the entire sheet set) and still control values from the Sheet Set Manager by highlighting the desired drawing, right-clicking Properties, and finding the custom property to change its value."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: Custom properties can be anything: text, numbers, or even dates. This is an area where you can store data relevant to your project or drawing set that you want to display on several sheets. This can make changing that information much easier. If a project engineer changes, for example, then you would have to go to each sheet and make that change manually. The more sheets you have, the more changes you have to make. But if you created a custom property in the sheet set to display the engineer's name and referenced it, you only have to make the change one time to update all sheets in your set instantly.

 

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