In this blog I have laid out steps to creating a simple tag within ACA and it can easily be done utilizing the steps within AutoCAD MEP as well. If you would like more information related to AutoCAD MEP here is a blog I wrote up on how to create custom tags in MEP http://blogs.rand.com/support/2012/09/customizing-tags-in-autocad-mep-.html.
For this example I am going to create a custom door tag.
Basic facts about tags;
- You can create two types of tags.
- A tag that uses attributes and blocks. When using you will be prompted with an edit attribute dialog box were you will fill out the information you want to see in the tag.
- A tag that uses property set definitions will pull intelligent information from other intelligent objects.
- Tags must have a source dwg file. If it doesnt then when you go to use the tag it will give off an error.
- Tags must have a property set definition. The definitions are what tell the tag which information to pull from the AEC object(s).
Start with a blank/new drawing file. You can also create your custom tag in the out of box drawing that stores tag and tag property sets/styles located in the C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\software name and version\enu\Styles.
Not sure how to find information about an out of box tag? Do the following;
In the Tool Palette right click on the out of box door tag then click properties. You will see where the tag is pulling it's information from and the path to where the dwg file is located.
You will also want to know what Property data is being used this will be important because it will be key in what information can be pulled and appear in the tag. This tag uses the DoorObjects, DoorStyles, FrameStyles and ManufactureStyles.
To understand what is within each Property set you will need to go to the Style Manager. From the ribbon click on the Manager tab then Style Manager.
In the Style Manager dialog box you will see your drawing name and under it will be Architectural Objects, Documentation Objects and Multi-Purpose Objects. You will expand Documentation Objects then expand Property Set Definitions. You can click on each of the Property Sets to see what definitions are with them. On the right pane there will be tabs.
Click on the Definitions tab you will see in the Name column various property information.
Click on the Applies To tab and you will see what objects this property set definition will pull property information from.
To make your own tag; in your drawing start the mtext command and type whatever you want, this will be what your tag shows on the tool palette. You can draw objects such as line work, circles rectangles etc.
At the command line type DEFINETAG and click enter. Select all the objects you want to as your tag and click enter.
In the Define Schedule Tag dialog box you will give your tag a name and then change the Type column to "Property" and Property Set to the proper data set and the property definition to what definition you want the tag to pull. Click the OK button to finish.
You will be prompted to pick your insertion point and you are finished. Drag and drop your custom tag onto the Annotation tab of the tool palette. Save the drawing file. Where you save the drawing file is extremely crucial to the tag. It is what the tag will reference when it is used.