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Part: I Visio Development with ShapeShee... > Creating and Using Scaled Drawings i...

Chapter 9. Creating and Using Scaled Drawings in Visio

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Where the Scale Information Is Held

  • Scaling and Anti-Scaling Ratios and Formulas

  • The Mystical “Range-Of-Eight”

  • Visio SmartShapes Symbols That Always Scale

  • Visio SmartShapes Symbols that Never Scale

For those of you who come from a Computer Assisted Drafting and Design (CADD) background, this chapter on scaling should be, for the most part, a bit of fluff. However, for the rest of the world, scaling is something that brings about much consternation, if not outright confusion. Why do we have scaled drawings and diagrams in the first place? Due to my architectural background, I will use a built-environment illustration here. If you wanted to represent, say Holyrood Palace in Edinburg or the Sears Tower in Chicago, could you draw that floor plate on an A4 or an 8 1/2"×11" sheet of paper? Certainly not at the same size as they are in the real world. You would not even be able to represent the opening of the front door of either building, much less the building as a whole.


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