I spent last week writing a new chapter on sheetsets for my book Using AutoCAD 2005: Advanced (Autodesk Press). When Autodesk allowed us journalists to write about the new AutoCAD release, I declared sheetsets to be the paperspace of AutoCAD 2005. My experience of last week proves the postulate true.
You don't just apply the SheetSet command to your drawings; you need to spend time -- hours or maybe even days -- preparing all your firm's computers before you enter the NewSheetSet command for the first time. Here are some things I learned the hard way:
* The sheet must be in layout tab before views can be placed from the Sheet Set Manager (SSM).
* But here's the screwy part: named views have to be created in model space of the resource drawing. Views created in layouts don't show up in the Resource Drawing tab (but they do in the Views tab).
* And more screwy stuff: those named views created in layouts that show up in the SSM's Views tab -- you can't do anything with them! You can only work with the views listed in the SSM's Resource Drawing tab, created in model space.
* Right-click the view name in the SSM's Resource Drawing tab, and select Place on Sheet. Notice that AutoCAD prompts:
Specify insertion point:
Instead of left-clicking (to specify the insertion point), click the right mouse button. AutoCAD displays a shortcut menu listing scale factors.
* Don't place views from Oil Module.dwg; they take forever to be inserted!
* There is an undocumented system variable called DefaultViewCatalog. It provides the default text for the Category droplist in the New View dialog box of the View command.
* If the Sheet Set Manager seems to be listing the wrong info, save any open drawings. There is a Refresh button (F5) but it never did anything for me.