A typical project of mine consists of a sheet set with 2-5 model space drawings that get referenced regularly. I typically will need to make at least one set of revisions, but often make 2 or 3 revisions, and sometimes more. I am looking for a simpler, more automated way to track revisions in the title block and also a better way to actually make the revisions to my model space files.
I currently have a revision "table" in my title block. In the table, which is not a true AutoCAD table but rather text and lines drawn in the title block, I have fields that reference custom sheet set properties of Revision_1_Date, Revision_2_Description, etc. up through Revision 3. I manually update these properties every time I make a revision, and I add a revision cloud & revision triangle to my model space drawing. My sheet layouts contain only the viewport xrefs to my model space drawings and my callout references to other views in the sheet set (I hope my terminology is making sense...). My problem is that once I need more than 3 revisions, I run out of custom properties. Instead of creating 5+ custom properties and cluttering up my sheet sets with properties that will rarely get used, I'd like the revision table to automatically populate the revision numbers based on the revision triangles in my model space drawings. Or if there's a better way to track revisions, I'd be open to changing the way I do things.
On a similar note, how do you make revisions without destroying previous versions of the drawing? What I do is when I have to create a revision, I copy all of my initial details in model space directly below, than move everything up so the most current version of the details lines up in my paper space viewports. Then I make changes to the new version and I have a backup of the originals above. I do this with each subsequent revision. The problem with this is that my file size can become quite large. This method seems sloppy to me, but it works. I'm sure there's a better way.
I will save the drawing with a new number in the file name
I use "Street-Client-Sk3-"
Sk,DA,CD allows me see what stage the drawing is at and after talking to
client and new revisions I save as new file name and archive old file.
Always have old copies and I can delete everything not current in drawing as
I can always go back (which only happens from time to time).
I also use the field 'ctab' to get sheet no and name for the title block so
I only number and name once.
Printing to pdf it will nicely (most times) grab the file name and append
the tab name so I get
Street-Client-Sk4-03-Elevations as the pdf name.
I do residential work mostly and dont need the SSM
Revisions are an autocad table in the title block which is inserted into
I find tables awkward but it keeps it all neet and tidy and uniform - not
any different to what you are doing.
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On a similar note, how do you make revisions without destroying previous
versions of the drawing?
does your data not get backed up....?
in the unlikely event that we ever need to refer back to a previous revision
we simply restore the file(s) from the relevant backup
I'll usually include the inception date in the name of any drawing, including XREFs. Any revisions get a REV and then the date of revision, replacing the date of inception. Any time I open a drawing for revision, I can copyclip it to its archive first, rename the one I am trying to open, and then open it. Since I do this to the XREFs first, when I do this to the regular set it always asks for the updated XREF location. At the first revision I also simplify the XREF name the set drawing calls it, taking out the date.
Then my revisions are simply the text objects I copy up ot the next slot in the "revision table" and then edit for the latest info...
If I have to open a "voided" drawing, when it asks for the missing XREF I just go into the XREF's archive and there it is, along with all the other previous versions and their dates.
I hope my info was useful, but if by some odd chance it actually solved your issue, feel free to mark your post as "Accept as Solution". Thanks!
On 4/8/2010 4:07 AM, Bernardmadoff wrote:
> On a similar note, how do you make revisions without destroying previous versions of the drawing?
> does your data not get backed up....?
> in the unlikely event that we ever need to refer back to a previous revision we simply restore the file(s) from the relevant backup
I have a Working Files folder for each project and a folder for each
revision. When the state of the working files is locked in as revision
1, for instance, I copy the ENTIRE entire drawing set, xrefs and all, to
a new Revision 1 folder and write-protect all the files. I plot PDF's of
all the sheets and keep these in the revision folder as well.
I then keep on working on the working files until they get locked in as
revision 2, and repeat the process with a new folder.
Overkill? Perhaps, but disk space is vanishingly inexpensive. Time isn't.
This approach lets me know exactly what was in any revision level,
republish any revision level, or revert to any revision level without
changing what has occurred before or since. I backup extensively, but
not to try to restore the whole interlocking set of drawings, mine and
others, that make up a published revision level for a whole project.