Connecting from design to documentation
AutoCAD 2000 is not just about making you more productive; it is also about better communications. AutoCAD 2000 software includes many new features and enhancements intended to help you better communicate design intent. These features include the introduction of a multiple layout concept, the ability to create nonrectangular viewports, the addition of Lineweight as an object property, text-handling enhancements, OLE text-height scaling, and a more flexible plotting interface. This all adds up to easier to set up, faster plotting that gives you the level of control required to satisfy your plotting needs.
LayoutsMultiple Paper Space Layouts
The new Layouts feature in AutoCAD 2000 software gives you the ability to create multiple paper space layouts in a single drawing. You can now visually compose a drawing on a virtual sheet of paper. Aided by visual cues that indicate plotting area, configuring a layout for plot scale, paper size, plot area, paper orientation, and the plot device becomes a simple, straightforward task. Multiple drawing layouts enable you to consolidate multiple drawing sheets into a single drawing file. This greatly reduces the time and effort required to set up and configure your drawing files for plotting. Since each layout stores its own plot settings, you have unprecedented plotting control over drawing output.
AutoCAD 2000 Softwares Model and Layout Tabs
In AutoCAD 2000 software, viewports can be defined or clipped with any closed shape; they no longer need to be rectangular. This capability makes for a more efficient use of drawing presentation space and gives you the flexibility to better present viewport data by designing your viewports to fit the minimal area necessary.
A new Viewport toolbar enables you to easily assign standard viewport scales, like 1:1, 1:4, and 1:100, and to type in any custom scale to accommodate your needs. Once you have set the scale for a viewport, you now have the option with AutoCAD 2000 software to lock the viewports scale. Using the new Viewports dialog, you can easily set up a layout for standard orthographic views. These tools provide an efficient means of setting, saving, viewing, and configuring various viewports and enable a more efficient use of drawing space.
Virtually all AutoCAD users generate output in one form or another. Most generate paper plots and, in AutoCAD 2000, many will want to produce DWF (drawing web format) or ePlot output as well. The streamlined plotting in AutoCAD 2000 offers ease of use, power, and flexibility tailored to your needs, and the new Plotting feature modernizes and updates AutoCAD softwares plotting functionality. The traditional ADI® plotter drivers have been replaced with new Heidi® Device Interface (HDI) plotter drivers.
In addition to its technical advantages, HDI has been used to create a new set of modern graphical user interfaces based on the Windows standard. Both the layout and plotting enhancements provide consistent output with little effort and improved plot performance. Consider these advances:
Plot dialogPlot Settings Tab
If you do not wish to use Plot Styles to control line thickness, AutoCAD 2000 software introduces a new object attribute¾ Lineweight¾ to layers and objects in your drawing. Lineweights can be assigned from the Object Property toolbar and in the Layer Properties Manager dialog. Lineweight represents another AutoCAD 2000 WYSIWYG enhancement to viewing and plotting, giving you more control over screen display and printed output.
AutoCAD 2000 Softwares Lineweight Attribute
A new, easy-to-use Scale OLE Object dialog provides a variety of ways to control the size of OLE text objects, leading to more accurate plots and better integration with other Windows applications. You can access the new dialog at any time during an editing session. You can scale OLE objects with the following methods:
OLE Properties Dialog
AutoCAD 2000 breaks the 255-color barrier with 24-bit True Color support of rendered and raster images, increasing the on-screen and hard-copy quality of both. The standard ZOOM command can also now be used on rendered images.