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I played with this for a while and decided it wasn't worth the time.  I spent too many man hours trying to tweak what, . . . . a drawing with notes.  I decided I wasn't entering art contests and if I could clearly print the text in AutoCAD that was all that was necessary. 
Now, saying that, I do like my notes to look nice.  What I finally settled on was to make my notes in Word all formatted ( fairly simple with indents, bolds and underlines) and cut and paste into multiline text editor.  If you use the same font style for your text AutoCAD will copy a lot of the formatting.  It saved me from retyping into AutoCAD and it looks presentable.  The only problem that frustrates me is that the editing screen doesn't match the final AutoCAD format.  Like indenting, if I indent so many spaces in the multiline editor it doesn't match what is done on the CAD drawing.  The work around is to use mono-spaced fonts, but they don't look as nice.  The other frustrating issue is if the text block gets too large it can slow down your machine to edit or move the text.  I usually break it down into sections matching the spec divisions.
On Wed, 30 Oct 2002 13:38:01 -0800 (PST) C Chan <seaint_list(--nospam--at)> writes:

ACAD 2002 and greater allows text to be formatted to some extent. Content of your Word file can be copied (Ctrl-C) and pasted (Ctrl-V) onto the AutoCAD Multiline Text Editor. Too much formating of text makes the AutoCAD file not portable to previous format or to other CAD programs.

I would avoid linking OLE objects onto AutoCAD file because it may eventually corrupt the file. I avoid mixing Word or Excel with AutoCAD.

 Medford Fabrication <engnring(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Thor, try doing this.
Go to the "insert" pulldown menu and choose OLE object.
Pick "create from file" and check the "link" box
Now browse to whatever your text file is.
Paste it in AutoCAD and size it however you prefer.
Plot like normal, except go into the properties box next to the plotter selection box.
Pick on "graphics" then on "raster graphics".  Move all the sliders over to the right for
highest resolution (or else the printout looks terrible)
You'll have to experiment to get the text size, ect how you like it.
Ron Buckingham
Medford Fabrication
-----Original Message-----
From: Thor Matteson at RSE [mailto:rse(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 9:33 AM
To: Seaint
Subject: Printing General Notes to a Plotter

We have our General Structural Notes nicely laid out in Word so that we can customize them for each project.  Trouble is, we have not found a way to satisfactorily print them on 24x36 sheets using our HP Designjet plotter.  I say "satisfactorily" because Word thinks the biggest paper made is 22x22--so we can fill up about 60% of a 24x36 sheet, with some adjustments to margins, paper orientation, etc.
Importing the text to AutoCAD is an extra step, and we lose all the formatting--indents, bold, etc.
Has anyone out there discovered a way to print to a full 24x36 sheet with their word-processing software?  We would even buy something besides Word if it would work (although Corel's WordPerfect 9 has a similar paper size limitation, so I am not too hopeful).

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