Named views can be an amazing tool in the AutoCAD designer’s toolbox. I outlined a few of the powerful features available with them in my previous article: The Power of Named Views in AutoCAD 2019 – Part 1. Be sure to check that article out first before continuing on through this one (for maximum benefit!)
If you’ve saved your view with specific layer visibility settings, and wish to update these settings after the fact, you can do so in the View Manager. You will need to set your current layer settings to the desired visibility, select the saved model view and the choose the Update Layers option. This will update the layer visibility accordingly.
You can modify all your Named View settings in the View Manager (so nothing is cast in concrete!) The View Manager is your command center for managing all of your named views.
Converting Named Views into Viewports
After you’ve created your fabulous named views…some with layer visibility settings, perhaps some with a saved UCS, you might decide you’d like to use these great views in a layout tab. Wouldn’t those named views make great paper space viewports? You bet they would! AutoCAD 2019 makes it easier than ever to do exactly that – it’s literally as easy as dragging and dropping!
After switching to the desired layout – go to the Layout tab on the ribbon and find the Layout Viewports panel. Here you will find the new Insert View tool and a wonderful new gallery automatically populated with thumbnail images of all your named views as seen in figure 2 (as long as you have GALLERYVIEW enabled). If GALLERYVIEW is turned off, then you will get a list of your named views (not nearly as friendly) as seen in figure 3. With AutoCAD 2019 – it’s simply a matter of dragging and dropping the view into the viewport as seen in figure 4.
Viewport Scale Factors
So what about the scale factor? How does AutoCAD determine the scale factor for the viewport? AutoCAD will apply the annotation scale of the view as long as it fits on the sheet. If it doesn’t fit, then AutoCAD will estimate and apply a standard scale based on the size of the named view and the layout so it fits on half of the sheet. Confused? Not to worry – you can easily control the scale factor just like any paper space viewport. Select the viewport and drop the arrow down to change the scale factor as seen in figure 5.
Note: These Named Views viewports are no different than any other viewports (MVIEWS)…they are just much easier and faster to create! And now that you know you can save the layer settings with the views – imagine the possibilities! What will you do with all the extra time?
Tip: You can also change the scale factor of the viewport BEFORE you place it with a simple right click (for those of you who prefer to plan ahead). A preview of the view is displayed as you drag it onto the layout making it easy for you to visualize the scale.
The New View Tool
No named views? No problem! The New View Tool, also found under the Insert View tool as seen in figure 6, allows you to create views on the fly for dropping onto your layouts as viewports. Genius! I’ll argue that this is still faster than the traditional MVIEW route. This will send you back over to model space where you will be asked to select the area you’d like to turn into a viewport. Then you will drag and drop that window onto your layout tab – in the same fashion as a Named View. You can right click before dropping and change the scale factor or after the fact – just like you would with the standard named views as well.
The Named Views tools in AutoCAD 2019 are truly powerful and when set up properly can shave plenty of time off your work week! Check them out and see for yourself!