AutoCAD Sheet Sets

Autodesk introduced AutoCAD Sheet Sets a long time ago. In fact, it has been a feature within AutoCAD for 10-plus years. Sheet Sets provide project management type tools to manage a collection of drawings. They also provide a mechanism for multiple people to work on the same set of drawings, smartly, without tripping over each other.

This is our first in a series of posts looking at Sheet Sets. So we’ll start at the beginning with the key benefits of using Sheet Sets.

Project Organization

The Sheet Set Manager provides a project level view of the drawings, views, and other content that the sheet set manages.  Further to viewing the drawings you can organize the data into Subsets. Each Subset can be configured, meaning as you add a new drawing to the section it automatically uses the correct template. A Subset (and its sheets) can be quickly published or eTransitted.

AutoCAD Sheet Sets Manager Organization

  1. Subsets act as folders to group and organize the drawings contained within the Sheet Set.
  2. There is no limit to the number of drawings each Sheet Set can contain.
  3. Tabs provide separation between the different types of data the Sheet Set contains and manages.

As a palette, the Sheet Set Manager can be resized, docked, anchored, and set to auto-hide.  Only a limited set of buttons are available, most features are accessed via the right-click menu, making it very user intuitive.

Multi-User Support

The Sheet Set Manager lists properties about each sheet (drawing) contained within the Set. This includes file properties, a preview, AND who’s currently working on the drawing. Yes, this kicks ass, you know exactly who to bug about closing the drawing and giving you access!

AutoCAD Sheet Sets Manager Sheet Properties

Even a lock icon appears on the Sheet so that you can visually see that it is currently in use.

Smarter Blocks and Callouts

More than just tying blocks and attributes to properties within the drawing, with Sheet Sets you can access Sheet Set level property information. This includes the sheet set properties, the sheet number, the view number, and the number of pages. As the Sheet Set changes, so does the associative information.

AutoCAD Sheet Sets Smart Callouts

Publish & Sharing

Use the Sheet Set Manager to quickly publish the Sheet Set, Subset, or a selection of drawings. This includes publishing to a plotter, to DWF, and to PDF. I love the AutoCAD Publish command, and this is based on it. However, this significantly streamlines the process as there is no browsing for drawings!

AutoCAD-Sheet Sets Manager Publish

Archiving

Use the Sheet Set Manager to quickly archive the project. Relying on the pack-and-go features of eTransmit, Archiving collects all drawings and related information of the Sheet Set and quickly saves to the location you desire.

AutoCAD Sheet Sets Archive

See it in action!

So hopefully this wets your palate to learn more about Sheet Sets. As mentioned earlier, this is only the first in the series, so make sure to check out the others. Or are you ready fo

Or are you ready for the next one? Take a look at creating new Sheet Sets by collecting existing drawings.

 

 

 

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