Wednesday, March 19, 2008

AutoCAD 2009 – Quick View Layouts


How do you know what is in the layout tab of a file? You don’t until you open that tab. Not anymore!! With AutoCAD 2009 we now have Quick View Layouts. I mentioned this in my review of the status bar (as well as other things, go check it out for a quick review).

The Quick View Layouts do more than display an image of the layout tabs of a file. If you select one, the drawing will open to that tab. Nice! You can see the tab and make a selection based on what is in there, not what you remember. This is an especially nice feature when you work with other people’s drawings.

What else can we do with this new feature? Plot, publish, create a new layout, and everything else that we could do before. The Quick View Layouts really replace the layout tabs, though you can still turn them on if you want to. If you want to plot or publish a tab, click either icon that appears in the Quick View Layout image, they are at the top and on either side. You can print a layout without opening it!

If you right click a quick view image, you get all of the old fashioned options to choose from. You can also PIN the QVL images so that they stay up on your screen. I’ll post again about the PIN option that is all over AutoCAD 2009. You can PIN just about anything these days!

One little odd thing about the QVL, is that it cannot display a preview image of model space?? There is a placeholder image. I don’t know why, sorry. Also, until a preview image is created, there will be a placeholder image for the tabs. Just save the file or activate the tab to create the image.

You can start the QVL by clicking the icon on the status bar, or (for the keyboard junkies like me) type in QVLAYOUT. I think that it might be easier to click the icon!

Happy CADDING : )

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