Thanks folks - Really nothing to attach, just a blank file. Been trying to set the rulers for 130 feet across the top and 80 left side so a 60 x 70 ft building will nearly fill the screen. I have a similar dwg (unrelated) with 156 inches across, and all settings appear to be the same as this new one (architectural, 1/16" = 1', etc.). Trying to make a 1 inch line appear as 16 feet but nothing I try works. Stymied. Appreciate any help. Paul
Finally... the file
Carefully reading your Post (quoted above), I see at least two issues:
- That Options|Space Units|Scale ("Architectural; 1/16"=1') doesn't have anything to do with your drawing Space Units. It only has to do with what Scaling will be done when you print. (i.e.: If you draw a 70-foot wide building in Model Space; have that Options|Space Units|Scale set to "Architectural; 1/16"=1' "; your actual printed result will be a 4 3/8" wide building. [It's deceiving!!!- I know; it took me
years a lot of drawings before it dawned on me]
- "Trying to make a 1 inch line appear as 16 feet": That's the old-fashioned way- before there was CAD and ModelSpace, and Scaled Viewports, etc. That's how you would draw it if you were in high-school drafting class some thirty-years ago- or on your kitchen table- with a pencil, ruler (scale), and paper.
Draw the building 70'x60'. Then Insert a Viewport into Paperspace, setting that Viewport's scale to 1/16"=1'. You can achieve the same in Model Space, with your Space Units setting, but you have a lot better control over the final, printed, results in Paperspace.
Without changing any other settings, draw a rectangle
that is 70' wide by 60' tall (I am making the assumption that I have those correct, in relation as to which dimension is the width
and which is the height
You will use the Rectangle drawing tool.
Click anywhere in your screen (for now... there's a better option, for the future), and down in the Inspector Bar, type in 70'
(for the X, "Size A", value), and 60'
(for the Y, "Size B"value). You have to type in the ' symbol.
Now, Zoom Extents
(It should be in your Standard Toolbar, at the top. If not, go to View|Zoom|Extents.) Make sure your Rulers are turned on, and look.... you have the "room" to draw your building. Now just tap the - (minus) key once or twice, and you'll have room for your dimensions. Like Henry said-> Save that View
(View|Named View|New) for two reasons: One- You can easily go back to it when you get "lost"; and two- that is the View you will select to use when you Insert a Viewport in Paperspace (in the Viewport's properties, you will select the View, Layers and/or Layer Set, and Printing Scale
You can put that Rectangle on the Construction Layer, so that when you "Delete Constructions" it will be removed. You can simply trace your Walls (or whatever you are using for your building) right over that rectangle, using Vector Snap. You will have to had used/drawn at least one Construction Tool before the Construction Layer will appear
I'd edit your file for you and send it back to you- to show you my method, but I don't have the ability in the versions I own/work with to save to version 15.