I really like getting tips from users, but it's not often I get the same tip from two people! Kevin Braun and Murray Clack wrote in within a few days of each other about the benefits of named views and hyperlinks -- two subjects I haven't posted much about. (I didn't think there were too many of those left!)
Something I don't see a lot of talk about, but I use almost all day long, are Named Views and Hyperlinks.
We use Named Views to help out the people who use our finished drawings. They click on the Named View and they can see what they need. This is very cool, because it sets layers, UCS, etc.
We use model space markers with names to direct them to the proper Named View.
As usual, I got tired of typing in the names and all the scrolling down the list of views, and said to myself, "Wouldn't it be cool to just click on the marker?" (a bright light bulb turned on in my head!) I went to Hyperlinks and discovered you can link an object to a Named View! This was very cool.
Now I drop the marker in the drawing, and Hyperlink it to a view. Now all we do is click on the marker and away we go, no more scrolling through a drop down window. Getting around is so much faster now.
Below is a step-by-step process that helps you quickly navigate between Modelspace orientations and multiple Layout tabs using Saved Views and Hyperlinks.
Now, hold down your Ctrl key, and click once on the Viewport boundary with your left mouse button. AutoCAD will then switch to Modelspace and zoom into the area of the saved Modelspace view that you created earlier – and you will also see the closed pline that you sent through the Viewport.
- While in a Layout tab, use the VIEW command to save a view name (usually, I would name the view based on whatever the sheet number would be, like “A101”)
- Then, draw a closed pline around the perimeter of a Viewport (either on Layer “defpoints” or a unique layer set to “no plot”), and then use the CHSPACE command to send the pline into Modelspace through that Viewport.
- With your cursor still within Modelspace via inside the Viewport, save a new view name to something reflecting what is going on within the viewport and including the sheet number (eg. “Plan 1 – A101”), and then bring your cursor back into the Layout environment (ie. PSPACE command)
- Enter the command HYPERLINK
- When prompted to “Select Objects”, select the Viewport boundary that you just saved a view in.
- When the “Edit Hyperlink” dialog box appears, click on the “View of this Drawing” button
- Expand the Model tree by clicking on the “+” symbol, select the view name you just created, and then click the OK button
To get back to the Layout tab, repeat steps 4 through 7, but this time, select the closed pline and select the saved view for the Layout.
(I just tried Murray's tip, and it's not as complicated as it sounds. Really.)
Two slightly different approaches, but both using the same tools to speed up navigation in drawings.
What do you think? Anybody else out there using named views and hyperlinks?