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I do all my annotations in model space.  I am constantly referring to them
so it is convenient to see them while I am working.  Also, I copy stuff a
lot and I want to get the text with them.  I layout a floor plan and grid
with dimensions, etc. and then copy it for the foundation.  It happens in
one step.  If you put it in layout tabs then you have to copy much more.

I worked with an architect who did all annotations in layout tabs.  He liked
it because he didn't know how to work with dimension styles and scaling
text.  It was a pain for me.  When you XREF his drawing in you only get the
model space information.  If I needed information he left on the layout tab
then I had to open his drawing and find the right tab.

The only real exception I make to this is detail labels for areas I zone
into for a larger scale drawing.  Then it is usually best to put the plan
title and scale on the layout tab instead of playing with unique layers to
freeze and thaw in individual viewports.  Example - I make a floor plan of a
framed slab with drilled piers.  I show detailed reinforcing in a small
portion of the slab for a larger scale layout.  I zoom into this area on a
layout tab to get the rebar detail.  I need a unique plan title and scale so
I put it on the layout tab.

Rich


-----Original Message-----
From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:BPolhemus(--nospam--at)wje.com] 
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 10:47 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: AUTOCAD: What's Your Preference?

(Only answer if you're "modern" and use "Paper Space"):

When annotating drawings with dimensions, notes, callouts, etc., do you:

1)	Put those in Model space and size them accordingly,
2)	Put them in Paper Space, or
3)	Have some combination of 1) and 2) that you prefer (please
elaborate)?

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Senior Associate
mailto:bpolhemus(--nospam--at)wje.com 
WJE
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 
Engineers I Architects I Material Scientists
10235 West Little York, Suite 245
Houston, Texas 77040
P: 832-467-2177 F: 832-467-2178
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