Architectural Production Software 2005

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This command sets up the sheet's size and scale and provides an opportunity to insert a drawing title or sheet title block. The titles and title blocks are scaled with the selected scale. This command may be used in either model or layout/paper space and supports XREFerenced title blocks. (It XREFs one file and INSERTs another so that information that is unique to a drawing can still be changed in that drawing.)

Many now use layout/paper space and always plot full scale. This command can still set up the plot sheet drawings for you. Switch to layout/paperspace and set up the sheet normally except select "Full" for the scale. This command allows you to use an XREFerenced title block that is specific to a job. This makes setting up new sheets for that job quick and easy and provides the ability to make future changes to the title block file that will reflect everywhere in the set. When setting up drawings (plans, sections, details, elevations, etc.) this command is quite useful for setting up the size, scale and inserting the standard drawing titles.

User configurable options: 


Known limitations:

  • This command sets the size (limits) and scale (dimension & linetype scales) of the drawing. It cannot set any plotting parameters or create viewports or layouts.
  • Submit a limitation not listed.

Alternate uses:

  • This command can be used to just set the size and scale of the drawing. Select the size and scale normally then instead of selecting a title or title block just press the button and press .
  • This command can be used to draw a rectangle that shows the limits or "sheet size" of the drawing at a selected scale.
    You have a drawing (for example a site plan) and you would like to see at what scale and size sheet the drawing will fit in. Run this command and select your best guess at the scale and size that you would like. Then press the button and press . In the course of running the command a rectangle is drawn at the limits of the drawing (and then erased after zooming all). Type "OOPS" at the command prompt and this rectangle will return. You now have a rectangle that represents the size of the sheet of paper at the scale factor you chose. Continue trying until you get the scale and size that works best.
  • Submit an alternate use not listed



Command: DWGSETUP  

It may take a moment while the command searches for title blocks. Then the following dialog appears:

Select the scale, sheet size, and title or title block (if you want one) and press "OK". The sheet will be set up with the values selected and the title/title block selected.

For more detail on each individual section see below.



First select the scale that you would like from the "Predefined Scales" window. When the scale is selected the scale factor will be shown in the box at the top. Should you require a scale not shown you may manually enter the scale factor in the box at the top. See How to calculate a scale factor. The DIMSCALE and LTSCALE AutoCAD system variables will be set to this value so that dimensions and linetypes will be scaled correctly. 

If you would like to change the predefined scales list, press the button.










Select the size of the drawing that you would like from the "Predefined Sizes" window. When a size is selected the predefined X and Y dimensions of the sheet size are entered in the boxes above. If the size that you need is not shown you may enter the sizes manually in the "X" and "Y" boxes above. Note that the sizes are in drawing units on the plotted sheet and will be scaled accordingly based on the scale factor chosen above left.

Example: If you are creating a drawing and will plot it on a 24"x36" sheet of paper then you could enter 36 in the "X" box and 24 in the "Y" box and the drawing will be sized accordingly. These X and Y values are what will be used to set the limits of your drawing. The X and Y values can be adjusted to work with your plotter, title blocks and sheet sizes and do not necessarily have to match the sheet size exactly. The X and Y values shown here are designed to work with a specific plotter so it will cut the sheet to exactly 24" tall. Your values will vary depending on your title block and plotter make, model, and configuration.

If you would like to change the predefined size list, press the button.






Should you want a standard title or title block for your drawing you may bring it in one of two ways. You may INSERT your title block or you may XREF it. 

We recommend you INSERT drawing titles and XREF title blocks. XREF'ing your title block has one big advantage over INSERTing it. Should you find an error in the title block or need to make a change, fixing or changing one file will take care of all of the drawings in the set without having to open each one individually. Not all people like XREF'ing and so you also have the option of INSERTing the title block so that all of the title block information resides in each individual drawing.

This command searches for generic titles and title blocks that are specified by  ing the lists. This command also looks for job specific titles and title blocks. (Job specific titles and title blocks are specifically made for a certain job and will have things like the client's name, address, and logos already in them. We recommend doing this for all plot sheets. See the "Creating job specific title blocks" section of Setting up and using drawing titles and title blocks) The command displays all of the files that were found in the "Defined Title blocks" window. If none can be found it will display "None found".


You may also manually specify the file or files that you would like to bring in as your title block by using the buttons. If you are INSERTing your title/title block you need to specify only one file. If you are XREFing your title/title block you need to specify two: the file to XREF and the file to INSERT.

At left the XREF title blocks are being shown. In this case there are three job specific title blocks that were found. When a job specific title block is found the name of the title block that it is based from will be shown first and then its job number (shown as "2003-004" here, your job number format may vary).

For how to create a job specific title block see the "Creating job specific title blocks" section of Setting up and using drawing titles and title blocks

For more on finding job specific title blocks see How a job specific title block file is located.

To change the "Defined Title Blocks" list  press the button.

All title block files are inserted at the origin (0.00, 0.00, 0.00).

--Now that the scale, size, and title block have been chosen the command will set the DIMSCALE system variable, the LTSCALE system variable, set the limits, zoom "ALL" to include all of the drawing in the screen area, and INSERT/XREF a title block (if selected).--


Solutions to common questions and problems with this command


Related Commands

DWGSCALE  Command to display the size & scale of the current drawing.

SCALECHECK  Allows you to change the current working scale in a drawing. Also a good tool to verify current scale.

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