Viewports enable you to view the models from different view
points at the same time. Various display settings such as zoom
factor and shade modes can be applied to every viewport. There
are two types of viewports available in AutoCAD: Tiled and
Tiled viewports are applicable to Model space while Floating
viewports are used in Paper space only.
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2. Enable the Shade
3. Open the file in
AutoCAD. The file contains a single viewport that shows the top
view of a simple model with some lateral holes [Figure 1].
4. Invoke VPORTS
(View menu > Viewports > New Viewports). The Viewports
dialog box appears [Figure 2].
Figure 2 - Click on image to
5. On Standards
Viewports list click, Three: Left.
6. From Setup drop
down list select, 3D [Figure 3].
Figure 3 - Click on image to
7. Click OK. Three
different views of the model are shown [Figure 4].
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8. Click the left
9. On Shade toolbar
click Gourad Shaded [Figure 5].
10. Click the top
right side viewport to make it the active one.
11. Invoke VPORTS.
12. In New name box
type, Ideal [Figure 6].
13. On Standard
viewports click, Two: Vertical.
14. From Apply to
list select, Current Viewport [Figure 7].
15. On Preview
section select the viewport to the right.
16. From Change
view to select, Right [Figure 8].
17. Use the same
method to change the view of the left side viewport.
18. Click OK. The
viewport is divided into two viewports.
19. Change the
shade mode of both viewports to Gouraud.
20. Pan the model
to the center of every viewport [Figure 9].
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21. Enable the
bottom right side viewport.
22. On View menu
select, Viewports > 1 Viewport. A single viewport replaces all
23. On View menu
select, Viewports > Named Viewports.
24. From Named
Viewports list select, Ideal [Figure 10].
Figure 10 - Click on image to
25. Click OK. The
saved arrangement of viewports appears on screen [Figure 11].
Figure 11 - Click on image to
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