The annotative tools within AutoCAD provide a one-stop place for managing the size (scale) of your annotations. This means instead of worrying about dimension scales, text heights, linetype scales, and so on you can adjust one scale and have all the annotation objects scale accordingly. Its not an easy collection of features to understand at first, and does require some setup but the benefits definitely out way the pains of learning to use and to set it up.

So you might be familiar with annotation scale within AutoCAD, but are you aware that blocks can be made annotative? That’s right, blocks can scale up or down with the adjustment in the annotation scale just like dimensions, text, and other annotations. So although you might not use this for furniture, hardware, or other components but what about other symbols?

The process to define an annotative block is no different from regular blocks, it just takes one extra enabled option. Within the Block Definition dialog, after you have selected your Base point and the objects, enable Annotative within the Behavior section. (I’ll talk about Match block orientation in a minute). Click OK to create the block and that’s it, you now have an annotative block.

AutoCAD Defining Annotative Block

Like all annotative objects if you roll your cursor over them you will see what I like to call the annotative “A” badge, but in reality is the cross section of a drafting ruler.

Annotative "A" symbol

Now that you have an annotative block adjusting the annotation scale will adjust the scale of the block

AutoCAD Annotative Block Scale

So what is Match block orientation to layout? You’ll need to watch the video to find out!

Featured Image: Block and Punch by Peter Harrison