Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size

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Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size

Introduction

We recently had a question about how to control the size of the individual parts of the AutoCAD revision cloud as the Revision cloud that the person created had variable arc sizes.

As you know you can use the Revision Cloud command in AutoCAD to point out an area on your drawing to other stakeholders.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 1 Rev cloud

The Revision Cloud Command

There is a couple of ways to draw the Revision cloud and we’ll first look at the freehand option.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 2 Freehand

Using this option it uses the speed of mouse to create the sizes of each cloud arc.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 3 fast vs slow movements

Both the Polygonal and Rectangular option allow you to have very similar sized arcs but they are randomized around the Arc size that is set.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 4 normal methods

A example of the Polygonal option below.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 5 Polygonal

You can set the Arc size when you initiate the command and then accessing the ‘Arc length’ sub command.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 6 Arc length sub command

Looking at using the ‘Object’ sub command, this allows you to draw a polyline beforehand and then converting this polyline into a Revision cloud.

Controlling the AutoCAD Revision cloud arc size - 7 Convert polyline to rev cloud

This option is very popular as the Revision clouds produced are planned and often look more professional then the other options.

Conclusion

When creating revision clouds to point out something in your drawings, first draw out a polyline and then initiate the command, setting the ‘Arch Length’ first and then using the ‘Object’ sub command to convert the polyline into a revision cloud.

This workflow allow you to create planned revision clouds that look good as most of the arc lengths are similar and not too varied.

If you need any further training or have any question wrt the topic, please reach out to us at: https://www.mgfx.co.za/contact

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