Named Views and Layout Viewports in AutoCAD 2019: WebCast follow up

Thanks to those of you who attended my webcast on May 16 about the newly incorporated tools for creating named views and inserting views into a layout. We have posted the recording on the ASCENT YouTube channel for you to review the information. For those of you who could not attend the webcast, I hope that you will find the recording useful. Please click on the following link:

The following are some of the questions that I received during the webcast and I hope that the answers will explain the working of features a little further.

Question: ­When you adjust scale or crop of a Named View, does it update the Named View in the gallery for future use?­

Answer: Scaling and resizing the viewport in the layout does not affect the named view. But any change you make to the objects through a viewport or in model space, such as moving or deleting objects, is saved in the named views. These changes are also reflected in the model, the drawing and all other viewports.

Question: ­What do you mean you can use these views as many times as you want?­­

Answer: The named views are saved once and then you can insert them as viewports in any number of layouts as you want.

Question: Is it possible to name a view in one drawing and insert it into another drawing?

Answer: The named views are a part of the drawing in which you created them and can be inserted into various layouts of the same drawing. The named views cannot be created in one drawing and inserted in layout of another drawing.

Question: Can the scale used for the view be displayed on the viewport?

Answer: The scale that is used for the viewport is displayed in the Status Bar when you select its boundary (grips displayed). You can also use the arrow grip to display the list of scales and the one that is currently used for the viewport will have a check mark in front. You can label each viewport in the layout displaying its scale.

Question: Could you use MTEXT and link the scale of the viewport to the MTEXT?

Answer: When you add annotative objects (annotative text object) to a viewport, they automatically use the scale of the viewport. Also note that the text and dimension (annotative objects) display in those viewports that have the same scale. This means that the annotation scale is connected to the viewport scale. Therefore, for text or dimension object to show up in viewports, the relevant annotation scale should be added to the annotative objects.

Thanks again for attending the WebCast. I tried a give you a quick overview of the features in my webcast session. As mentioned, all the information was pulled from our AutoCAD 2019 Fundamentals learning guide ( which is available for you on our ASCENT eStore as well as on Amazon.

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Renu Muthoo

Learning Content Developer<br><br>Renu has worked with Autodesk products for the past 20 years with a main focus on design visualization software. Renu holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and started her career as an Instructional Designer/Author where she co-authored a number of Autodesk 3ds Max and AutoCAD books, some of which were translated into other languages for a wide audience reach. In her next role as a Technical Specialist at a 3D visualization company, Renu used 3ds Max in real-world scenarios on a daily basis. There, she developed customized 3D web planner solutions to create specialized 3D models with photorealistic texturing and lighting to produce high quality renderings.

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