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Customizing Text Styles

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

To customize the text heights and fonts used in your projects, use the “Customization->Text Styles” commands. After you make changes to these settings in your project, use the “Coordinate Drawings and Database” command to update the items you have already inserted.

Text Style Key: Where the text style will be used by Design Master. These values cannot be edited.

Text Style: Sets the AutoCAD text style to be associated with the corresponding key. The Default key must have a text style defined. The text style in other keys may be left blank. Blank keys will use the text style defined for the Default key.

If the text style currently exists in the drawing, it will be used as defined.

If the text style does not exist, Design Master will search for an SHX file with the same name as the style. If it finds one, it will create a text style using the SHX file and use it.

If you want to use a TrueType font, you need to create the text style yourself and associate it with the desired font. We recommend you make this part of your drawing setup process for TrueType fonts you use frequently with Design Master.

Height: Sets the text height for the key. The Default key must have a height defined. The height in other keys may be left blank. Blank keys will use the height defined for the Default key.

The units for the height are inches on the printed page. If you want 1/10″ text on your drawings, use 0.1. If you want 1/8″ text, use 0.125. When text is inserted, this value will be multiplied by DIMSCALE to determine the height of the text on the drawing.

Scale Factor: Sets the character spacing for the text. Entering a value less than 1.0 condenses the text. Entering a value greater than 1.0 expands it.

This value is used in HVAC for diffuser callouts and duct labels. It is currently not used in Electrical or Plumbing.

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