IN THIS CHAPTER
Creating annotative text
Employing text styles to control text appearance
Placing single-line and multiline text
Using fields and background masks with text
Making numbered and bulleted lists
Working with columns and paragraphs
Editing text contents and properties
It has been said that “a word is worth one-one-thousandths of a picture.” On the other hand, the opposite is often true as well. Adding a few words to your drawing can save you from having to draw thousands of lines and arcs. It’s a lot easier to write
Simpson A35 framing clip next to a simple, schematic representation of a clip than to draw one in microscopic detail and hope that the contractor can figure out what it is.
Most CAD drawings include some text in the form of explanatory notes, object labels, and titles. This chapter shows you how to add general drawing text and leaders (descriptive notes with arrows that point to specific drawing objects) to your drawings. In this chapter I show you how to take advantage of AutoCAD’s annotative text objects and text styles, how to find specific text, and how to check for speling erors. Chapter 14 covers text that’s connected with dimensions.