CSM Tool for Sheet Set Managing
It is very very useful for CAD managers to apply the
Sheet Set Manager that has been integrated since
AutoCad2005. As AutoCad upgrading, the Sheet Set
Manager of Version AutoCad 2008 is alot convenient,
and much improved in AutoCad 2010.
You can look for information of Sheet Set Manager
elsewhere on the Internet, hence, I will not mention
Sheet Set itself, I will introduce a Tool for monitoring the
Sheet Set Manager named "CSM".
CSM is a VBA tool that I have been developing along
with the CAD standard of my company (specialise on
high-rise buildings). Its interface looks like:
You can export all Sheets information to MS Excel
including Identification, Description, Category. Then, you
can modify it in Excel, then CSM will help you update
into the Sheet Set Manager of AutoCad.
Furthermore, it can check Sheets information like sheet
order duplicate or sheet identification (sheet number) duplicate.
In addition, it can print the Sheet Set at the same time or
selected sheets. It takes me 5 minutes to print 100
sheets to DWF files in the "correct/continuous order".
This sounds strange? Yes, may be you find
misunderstandood because we devide work into Engineers.
Each engineer draws different parts of a building, thus,
in the Sheet Set List, Sheet orders are discontinuous
it looks like 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 50, 51, 52, ..., Therefore, when printing drawings, if
you use the Feature "Publish to DWF", you will get DWF
files in discontinous order. That's why I develop this feature.
Notes: previous versions of AutoCad (2005~2008) raise
errors when you rename "Layout Name". The CSM is
capable to fix this mistake. However, if you use AutoCad
2009 or later, it will provide the capacity to change Layout
Names and Sheet Properties at the same time, thus, this
error is fixed automatically.
I hope you find CSM an intersting tool, this is a tool subjected to my company, thus,
I can not share it.