Planning for Paper

In This Chapter

arrow Setting up paper space layouts

arrow Buttons or tabs for layout fashionistas

arrow Looking into viewports

arrow Working in paper space

Most of this book revolves around setting up and using the model space environment, that “infinitely” large (or at least 1099 units across), three-dimensional realm wherein you create gleaming towers, wondrous electronic gadgetry — or garden sheds and angle brackets. However, you may have picked up a hint here or there that AutoCAD has a whole different environment, known as paper space.

The final product of all this setup, remember, is a printed drawing on a piece of paper. In most industries, paper drawings are legal contract documents, so they need to be easy to read and understand. In the first part of this documentation process, you configure the sheet layout in paper space, which we explain in this chapter. For the actual process of outputting either model space or paper space layouts to printer or plotter, see Chapter 16.

Chapter 2 introduces you to the two parallel universes of model space and paper space, and Chapter ...

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