Defining Annotation Templates
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To define an annotation template

  1. Click Annotate tabMap Annotation panelDefine Template. At the Command prompt, enter mapanntemplate.
  2. Click New.
  3. In the New Annotation Template Name dialog box, type a name for the template, and click OK.

    A new drawing window opens, called Map Annotation Template Editor.dwg. Define the template in this window and save it before returning to the Define Annotation Template dialog box.

  4. On the command line, enter mapanntext. Press Enter.

    This opens the Annotation Text dialog box, in which you specify what text will be included in the annotation template.

  5. In the Annotation Text dialog box, under Attribute, enter a Tag name and Value for the annotation text.

    For the value, enter static text or an expression that displays different text depending on the object being annotated. Click to select from a list of available properties and attributes.

    Note To add multiple pieces of text to a template, each one must have a tag name that is unique within that template.
  6. Specify the Object Properties and Text Options for the annotation text.

    Enter static values or expressions that are evaluated against the object to annotate. Click to select from a list of available properties and attributes.

  7. Click OK.
  8. In the Map Annotation Template Editor.dwg window, click where the text should start.
  9. Optionally, to include geometry as a part of the annotations, create it in the Map Annotation Template Editor.dwg.
  10. When you finish adding elements to the template, click Save Annotation on the AnnTemplate toolbar.

    The Map Annotation Template Editor.dwg window closes, returning to the Define Annotation Template dialog box.

  11. In the Define Annotation Template dialog box, specify default properties and insertion options.

    These settings control the appearance of the annotation template block. If you selected ByBlock for any of the properties or options in the Annotation Text dialog box, these are the settings that will be used.

  12. Click OK.