AutoCAD 2005: Fields
March 10, 2004
AutoCAD 2005 offers many interesting features
such as Sheet Set Manager, enhanced Tool Palettes, enhanced
drafting tools, Tables, and Fields. Fields are specialized text
objects set up to display data that may change during the life
cycle of the drawing. When a field is updated the latest value
is shown on the screen. In this tutorial you will learn how to
use fields in your drawings.
► This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2005.
► In this tutorial user entries are in boldface.
8 symbol represents pressing Enter.
1. Download and then open
2005_fields.dwg. The file contains
the plan of a house [Figure 1].
Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge
2. Set the default text height to 2.5:
Enter new value for TEXTSIZE <20.0000>: 2.5
3. Zoom in on the title bar [Figure 2].
Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge
4. To define some drawing properties invoke the DWGPROPS
command (select File > Drawing Properties).
5. In the "2005_fields.dwg Properties" dialog box select the
Summary tab. Type your name in the Author box [Figure 3].
6. Click the Custom tab. Click the Add button. In "Add Custom
Property" dialog box type Approved by for the custom property
name and John for the value [Figure 4].
7. Click OK. The new property appears on the list [Figure 5].
Click OK to save the changes and close the dialog box.
8. Invoke the FIELD command (select Insert > Field).
9. In Field dialog box from Field Category list select
Document [Figure 6].
10. In the Field Names list select Author. In the Format list
select Uppercase. Click OK and place the field in the Designed
by box [Figure 7]. You may need to disable the Ortho mode.
Figure 7 - Click on image to enlarge
11. Insert the Checked by and Approved by fields with a
similar method [Figure 8].
Figure 8 - Click on image to
12. Invoke the FIELD command again. From the Field Names list
select Filename. On the right side of the dialog box select the
Filename only option and deselect Display file extension [Figure
9]. Click Ok. Place the new field in Filename box [Figure 10].
Figure 10 - Click on image to
13. Repeat the FIELD command. From the Field Category list,
select Date & Time. Do the rest of settings as shown in figure
14. Click OK. Place the field in the Date box [Figure 12].
Figure 12 - Click on image to
15. Zoom out and then zoom in on the list of furniture box
16. Double-click the text to make it available for editing
Figure 14 - Click on image to
17. Place the cursor at the end of the last line. Press Enter
to create a new line.
18. In the Formatting toolbar change the text height to 2.5.
19. Press Ctrl+F to view the Field dialog box.
20. Select the following options in the dialog box [Figure
Field Category: Objects
Field Names: NamedObjects
Named Object Type: Block
Name: Bath Tub – 26 × 60 in.
21. Click OK to place the field. In the Formatting toolbar
click OK. The field is added to the list [Figure 16].
22. Invoke the RENAME command (select Format > Rename). The
Rename dialog box appears [Figure 17].
23. In the Named Object list select Blocks. From the list of
Items select "Sink – Oval top". The name appears in the Old Name
box. In the Rename To box type Sink – Oval. Click the Rename To
button. Click OK. The block is renamed now.
24. Invoke the
`REGEN command (View > Regen). The field value
is updated in accordance to the later changes [Figure 18].
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