Annotating Drawings: AutoCAD MEP 2013

Uploaded by Autodesk on 27.03.2012

In this video we'll see how AutoCAD MEP can annotate construction documents automatically
during the layout or later in the design process.
To begin, open the "Tag & Schedules" tool palette where annotation related tools are
grouped within AutoCAD MEP.
Pick the "Air Terminal" tag tool to tag the diffusers.
Once I tag the first diffuser, I can tag the rest of them automatically by choosing the
"Multiple" option of the tool.
Notice that with a few clicks, I can tag all the air terminals and the warning message
helps to avoid duplication.
Now use the location grip on each tag to place them as required. Location Grips make it easy
to reposition tags.
Next, let's label the ducts in a similar fashion.
To begin, open the Annotation tool palette, select "Add Label" and choose the style of
the label from the Properties palette.
Then pick the duct that should have the duct size added for design clarity. You can select
one duct at a time or multiple ducts.
When annotating multiple ducts, select the duct segments and then AutoCAD MEP will prompt
you for each label by highlighting the duct segment that is being annotated at that time.
It will highlight them in the order that the duct segments were selected.
You can also offset the text, so it is above or below the duct. Do this by pressing the
CTRL key while placing the text.
Now let's take a look at another interesting and useful feature of AutoCAD MEP; Annotative
behavior of the labels and tags.
AutoCAD MEP also lets you position labels differently for each scale.
Notice that if you change the scale back to the previous scale, it displays the label
in the original location. This behavior saves time and avoids the duplication of text for
different scales.