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Chapter 19. Paper Space Layouts > Using Paper Space Layouts

Using Paper Space Layouts

With AutoCAD 2000 came a new feature called layouts. This is probably one of the most significant enhancements to AutoCAD because it makes working in paper space easy to understand. Layouts provide a preview of what your plotted sheet will look like, and they make working with paper space intuitive. Layouts simulate the piece of paper your model will be plotted on and accurately reflect the plotted sheet’s scale factor, the paper orientation, the current lineweight setting of objects, and the layout’s current plot style settings.

Layouts help prevent the confusion many AutoCAD users experienced when dealing with model space and paper space in previous versions. Because of the layout’s WYSIWYG approach, it is easy to visualize what it is designed to do. Specifically, as shown in Figure 19.1, layouts make it easy to visualize how your model space objects are plotted on a sheet of paper.


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