HOW TO: AutoCAD Hip Tip on Changing Spaces


With credit to my design team, i’m sharing today’s tip.  She needed to have the viewport boundary in model space for reference.  In earlier versions of AutoCAD, you could not do this. But there was a command within the Express Tools. Well, as it turns out, it’s been incorporated into the 2010 version. 

In a nod to Lynn Allen, Autodesk’s AutoCAD evangelist, she posted a blog article about this way back in October of 2008. Here’s the link and a bulk of the post:

If you’ve ever placed your dimensions in model space only to find out they were supposed to be in paper space you can appreciate the awesome tool CHSPACE.   This former Express Tool makes it easy to push objects through to the other space while magically maintaining the appropriate scale.  The command works quite a bit differently depending on which way you are going (Model Space to Paper Space or the other way around) so I will walk you through both choices:

Moving an object from Paper Space to Model Space:

Command:  CHSPACE (you must be in a layout tab)

Select objects:  (Select the paper space objects you wish to move to model space)

Set the Target viewport active and press ENTER to continue (Select the viewport you want to drop the object(s) into and press Enter)

Then the command will inform you how many objects were changed from PAPER space to MODEL space and inform you the scale factor used to maintain the visual appearance. 

Moving an object from Model Space to Paper Space:

Command:  CHSPACE (you not only need to be in a layout tab, you need to be in the viewport that contains the object you wish to change)

Select objects:  (select the model space objects you wish to move)

Set the SOURCE viewport active and press ENTER to continue (this is the tricky part…if you want to leave it in the exact same place you just need to press ENTER to continue)

And then the command will inform you how many objects were changed from MODEL space to PAPER space and tell you the scale factor used to maintain the visual appearance…yadda yadda…

Kevin

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