Submission Board 03

LSBU & Shell Hoarding Competition Entry 2015

The competition was to come up with a proposal for a section of temporary site hoarding. I decided to draw an abstract timeline highlighting events, people and buildings of the South Bank. I didn’t spend as much time on my entry as I should have, and not surprisingly I didn’t win..

 

Submission Board 01 Submission Board 02 Submission Board 03

Working with scales

Scale Factor Chart

Changing the scale of drawing can often be problematic, but using a simple chart like the one above, it is quite simple. If you are using software that scales using a factor of 1.0 as 100%, then simply adjust the figures above accordingly so for example, 10% is 0.1 and 200% is 2.0. Getting to grips with scales and moving between them takes a bit of practice, and I’ve found that when getting confused about the adjustment needed, writing down some basic calculations and figures often helps a great deal.

How do I insert an Excel spreadsheet into AutoCad?

Sometimes it can be very useful to have some additional data inside an AutoCAD drawing, so how do I insert an Excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD? It is pretty straightforward to set up and if done correctly, data that is inserted will automatically update when the original spreadsheet is updated within Excel.

 

Firstly, open the desired spreadsheet then select the data you want and copy it to clipboard.

In AutoCAD go to Edit > Paste Special

Inserting an excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD

In the dialog box, select Paste Link, then as Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet. If the radio bottom is grayed out and un-selectable, as below, then the data currently on the clipboard is unsuitable.

Inserting an excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD

Then click OK. The formatting of the original data should remain, and the data inserted will update inline with any updates made to the external Excel spreadsheet. This means that you won’t need to worry about updating two sets of documents if changes need to be made.

 


If you found this useful, why not check out some of my other AutoCAD posts?

How do I add a .CTB file to AutoCAD?

Free software for students

How to keep your XREF layers frozen

 

XREF layers don’t stay frozen in AutoCAD? Simple..

VISRETAIN

When VISRETAIN is set to 0 the changes to xref-dependent layers are valid for the current session ONLY! Turn it to 1 to have the changes save.

Taken from AutoCAD help files:

0 – The layer table, as stored in the reference drawing (xref), takes precedence. Changes made to xref-dependent layers in the current drawing are valid in the current session only and are not saved with the drawing. When the current drawing is reopened, the layer table is reloaded from the reference drawing, and the current drawing reflects all of those layer property settings.

1 – Xref-dependent layer changes made in the current drawing take precedence. Layer settings are saved with the current drawing’s layer table and persist from session to session.

How do I add a .CTB file to AutoCad?

This is actually very easy and straight forward, if you know where to look…

Firstly, you need to locate your .ctb folder on your computer that AutoCad references.

Menu > Tools > Options
Menu > Tools > Options

To do this, select the Tools tab, then click options at the bottom of the list.

Now under the Printer Support File Path tab, click Plot Style Table Search Path.

Plot Styles
Plot Styles
This shows you the folder you need. Now all you need to do is copy your .ctb file into the folder and restart AutoCad. Please feel free to share this page amongst your friends and colleagues!

 

Is there a question you would like to ask about CTB files? Leave a comment below.
You can find a condensed, 2016 version of this post here.