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AUTOCAD DRAWINGS
This write-up is aimed at intermediate and advanced users.

There are a couple of quick ways to bring AutoCad drawings into Excel.

First -- you probably do a lot of your work in


model space with a black background. But you
can print out of paper space where you can
xref in your title block(s) and create view
ports. Set the paper space background color row 20
to white to make copy clipping an image easier.
Otherwise, if you are working just in model
space, you'll have to go to Tools, Options,
Display, Colors, Background color, and set it
to white.

This image can be AutoCAD 13, 14, or 2000.


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Model space tab


indicating that this view row 40
is model space

Paper space tab


Figure 8-1 Hoist displayed in AutoCad model space.

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Viewport border

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Paper space tab


indicating that this view
is paper space layout 1

Model space tab

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Figure 8-2 Hoist displayed in AutoCAD paper space.


Note that screen captures were done with Switch into and out of model space
HijakkPro and pasted into Excel as bit map files. with this tab. You can continue to
draft in model space or switch into
paper space for titles, notes, and
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etcetera.
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DIAGRAMS WITH BACKGROUND
Often times, simple diagrams are more easily created in AutoCad.

This 3D diagram was created in AutoCAD and copy clipped with the command [Ctrl] [c] or Copy in the drop down menu (right click).

In Excel, use Paste Special Picture (Enhanced Metafile) This allows you to print the diagram
without borders but, in this case, you are left with a opaque white background.

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Figure 8-3 Cut-and-paste "Special."

If you want to have a dynamic


diagram using numbers produced in
your spreadsheet, you'll have to use row 110
the drawing tool bar and select the
text button.

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Create the text box. Then, in the


formula window, select the cell to be
referenced.

200

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P_force 200 k Change this value to see the value in the diagram change.

Figure 8-4 Active text in diagrams and drawings.


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If the text box is hidden, send the diagram to back with a right
click of the mouse button and the appropriate choice.
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DIAGRAMS WITHOUT BACKGROUND
To create a diagram without a background, copy clip out of AutoCAD and paste into the spreadsheet.

Then, click on the diagram and right click the mouse to select Grouping, Ungroup. From the same right click pop down menu select Format
Object and the Colors and Lines tab.

At the Fill Color: window, click and choose No Fill.

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Figure 8-5 Removing the background from an AutoCAD drawing.

Then, while holding the [Shift] key down, highlight an item so that the mouse
pointer shows a "+." This can be a bit tricky so be forewarned. From the
pop down menu select Grouping, Group to turn the diagram back into one row 200
contiguous, moveable picture.

Now, values can be directly referenced in the drawing.

A complicated diagram will be harder to scroll past when you are


moving around the spreadsheet. The borders will print and it
cannot be edited with the Drawing tool bar.

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PHOTOGRAPHS
Pictures can be downloaded into the spreadsheet from scanners, digital cameras, and digital
and analog video tape.
Differential slip between OSB panels
This picture is downloaded from an analog video camera with SNAPPY by PLAY, Incorporated
in Windows 95.

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Also, simple diagrams can be created with


the spreadsheet's drawing tools.

PANEL DIFFERENTIAL
SLIP
TOP PLATE
FORCE row 240

HOLDDOWN

BOTTOM PLATE

Figure 8-6 Elevation diagram of the test sample. row 250

Nails torn out vertically, not


Gap between stud and plate horizontally as would be
expected in a shear wall

Figure 8-7 An analogue cam-corder picture of the tested sample.

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