August 29, 2013

What's New in AutoCAD MEP 2014: Off the Scale! - Annotation Scaling and Unit Scaling Enhancements

AutoCAD MEP 2014 has some solid enhancements, one of them that will give companies and users flexibility is the ability to easily move from one unit to another which will more accurately represent annotation when scaled and get expected appearance and size relative to other objects.

AutoCAD Architecture and MEP have had real-world units since the original releases, along with a method for displaying annotation at different sizes for various drawing scales. When AutoCAD introduced Annotation Scaling, there were some very low level conflicts between the two systems. These resulted in rather unfortunate problems with the relative size of annotation.

When Drawing Units are changed, between units like meters and millimeters for example, you don’t want the content that is annotation scaled to become too large or small.

With the enhancements to the annotation and unit scaling, drawing units are changed, object tags, text and other annotation scaled objects now have the expected appearance and size relative to other objects.

In addition, many AutoCAD settings, such as linetype scale, are now properly modified when units are changed.

The bottom line is firms will be able to create more accurate construction documents with properly scaled tags, text and other annotation.

Shruti Harve, LEED AP

Ideate Senior AEC Application Specialist

Shruti holds a Master of Science degree in Architectural Computing from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom and is LEED accredited. Her experience includes working in Architecture and Construction firms in India and the United Kingdom as well as Structural Engineering firms in the Bay Area providing design, 3D modeling and drafting services. At Ideate, Shruti provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, 3ds Max, Ecotect and AutoCAD Architecture.

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