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2009-12-28, 04:29 PM
I have been fighting this issue for years...
did a search of the archive and did not find a clean answer.
I draw eurpean cabinetry in centimeters and print in inches to give my clients.
The question is, can I set up model space in centimeters to result in paperspace in inches without doing all of the math manually.
applogies if this is a stupid question but I have not been able to solve it.
thank you in advance.
I ran into the exact same problem a while back with mm. It can defiantly be done, but its a little obtuse. The thing to remember is that AutoCAD stores everything as "units" and you tell AutoCAD what you want those units to stand for, cm, mm, ft ect. When you draft you draft in "drawing units" and then use your viewport scale to tell cad how you want those units represented in paperspace, ie: 1paper unit = 2 model units will produce a 1:2 scale drawing.
You just need to make a custom viewport scale in paper space with the proper conversion.
you can also automatically dimension in both metric and imperial by enabling "alternate units" in your properties tab with the proper conversion.
2010-02-16, 04:35 PM
I have since figured out a very clean approach to this problem. I use the page setup dialog box (right click on the paperspace tab). In the option for plot scale I set up a custom scale of 1 inches = 2.5 units. This allows me to use the standard scale settings in the properties for my viewport.
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