Exercise 1: Create a key map view and a legend

The template contains a viewport called a key map. The key map view displays the same content for every tile in the map book. Often, a key view contains the entire mapped area, to provide context for the smaller area represented by the tile.

You can link the key map viewport to any external drawing. In this exercise, you save a copy of the current drawing to use as a key map view.

The template also contains a viewport called Legend. You can link this viewport to an external drawing you use as a legend, or (if your map contains a legend), to the internal legend. In this exercise, you generate a legend for the map to display in the Legend viewport.

  1. Open the map you created in Lesson 1: Prepare the Map.

    For example, if you named the map from lesson 1 MyMap.dwg, open that file.

  2. Create a copy of the map to use as a key map view. Click Save As AutoCAD Drawing.

    Save the map with a similar name to the original one. For example, if the original map is MyMap.dwg, save this version as MyMapKeyView.dwg.

  3. Close the map file and reopen the original one (MyMap.dwg).

    You will use MyMapKeyView.dwg in the next exercise, when you link it to the Key Map viewport.

  4. Generate a legend that you can link to the Legend viewport.
    • Switch the Task Pane to the Display Manager tab.
    • Click Tools Create Legend.
    • Click a blank space that is outside the bounding box of the mapped area.

      Make sure there is some space between the map itself and the legend. That way, you can define the tiled area for the map book without including the legend in it.

To continue this tutorial, go to Exercise 2: Specify the map book settings.