Construction Notes Manager
for AutoCAD

CNM "Construction Notes Manager" Tutorial - Section Ten

Introduction:
Section One:       INSTALLING CNM & SETUP
Section Two:      TUTORIAL SETUP
Section Three:    EDITING PROJECT NOTES
Section Four:      INSERTING "BUBBLE NOTES"
Section Five:       EDITING BUBBLE NOTES
Section Six:         RUNNING "NOTES MANAGER
Section Seven:    PHASED CONSTRUCTION NOTES
Section Eight:     QUANTITY TAKE-OFF
Section Nine:      CNM Editor Configuration
Section Ten:        Customizing CNM
Section Eleven:   Video Files

10.0 - CUSTOMIZING CNM

The following figure is a picture showing the typical noteqty.dwg file that the program uses to create the key notes table in your drawing.  It does not use this for the final quantity take-off.  

You can edit this drawing so that it looks the way you would like to. Each piece of text is an attribute that can be edited.  You may change the size, the color, the text style, and where each piece of text lies.  Generally, the most common thing to change is the space between the left attributes and the right attributes.

Each of the attributes are described below.  Also, the linework is optional.  You can either erase them, or simply freeze them in your drawing.  You can also add additional linework if you so desire.

Anything you add to the block will show up in the drawing when this block is used in the key notes table.

There are several different noteqty drawings.  There is a noteqty0.dwg, noteqty1.dwg, noteqty2.dwg, noteqty3.dwg, etc.  Each one corresponds to the phasing settings as shown in the dialogue box in section 9, under configuration.  Also phasing is discussed in section Seven.

Important - Always keep a backup of these noteqty.dwg blocks so that in case something is destroyed you can easily go back to an original block.

The following attributes listed below are on the left side of the noteqty block as shown previously:  

The TBLNUM stands for the number.  Where ever you move it to will be where the key note number shows up in the Key Notes Table.  

The TBLTYPE stands for the type of bubble note.  Where ever this is placed is where the bubble note will be inserted into the drawing when running the Key Notes Table.

The TBLDSC stands for the description that corresponds to the construction note that you use in the drawing.  Where wever this is placed is where your actual construction note will be place in the drawing when running the Key Notes Table.

The following attributes as shown below are on the right side of the noteqty block as shown in the first figure:

The TBLQTY stands for the quantity that will be used in the Key Notes Table.    Where ever this is placed is where the quantity will be inserted into the drawing when running the Key Notes Table.

The TBLUNIT stands for the type of unit to be inserted as chosen in the notes editor.  Where ever this is placed is where the unit will be inserted into the drawing when running the Key Notes Table.

When editing these blocks, remember to always keep a backup of the original noteqty drawings.   Also, the easiest way to edit the block is to simply open the drawing and edit the attributes, linework, etc. as desired and then save and close the drawing.  This is easier to do, then to create a brand new drawing with the required attributes, etc.

For CAD standard setup, it may be desirable to setup your noteqty blocks to fit any company title blocks as used for your plans.  This may take just a few minutes to do, but will be valuable in saving a lot of time later when doing your plans.

If you do not want to use a quantity and unit field there is no need to erase these out of your block.  When using the notes editor, simply do not choose any quantity units and type.  Then when inserting bubble blocks there is no need to add quantities.  The program will ignore any quantity fields and will only add the description.

This completes the tutorial.  We hope that this has provided the means for you to understand and use Construction Notes Manager.  Please also refer to the "Help" menu item in the CNM pulldown menu for additional reference information.

Additionally, Section 11 is a series of "video clips" of this tutorial being used and construction notes being generated.  It does not show how to customize, but it does show how to initially set up the construction notes, insert bubble notes, import the construction notes, and then create a final tally.

The videos are a bit "choppy" but still give a good look at how things are done with Construction Notes Manager.