Construction Notes Manager
for AutoCAD

CNM "Construction Notes Manager" Tutorial - Section Six

Section One:       INSTALLING CNM & SETUP
Section Two:      TUTORIAL SETUP
Section Five:       EDITING BUBBLE NOTES
Section Six:         RUNNING "NOTES MANAGER
Section Eight:     QUANTITY TAKE-OFF
Section Nine:      CNM Editor Configuration
Section Ten:        Customizing CNM
Section Eleven:   Video Files


After the bubble notes are inserted, go back to paper space. Type "Setup" and at the prompt set the drawing scale to 1 and the text height to "0.10 ".

From the Notes pull down menu click on "Key Notes Table". Several options may appear on the command line.  If the command line is waiting for a command input, then type "S" for the search option and hit enter.  However, if the program does not ask for it then it will simply go to the next step.

Alternatively, you can click on the Key Notes Table Icon in the toolbar

The command line will ask for the notes insertion point. At the upper right hand corner of the plan, using the endpoint osnap, pick the inside end of the line below the title "Construction Notes"  as the insertion point and then click enter. The program will ask for the number of rows, use the default of 99, and hit enter. The notes should then be written in to the plan sheet. Notice that the notes routine will add numbers and count blocks based on the data supplied.

Once you run the notes manager and the construction notes are placed in the drawing, hit F2 to see the file that was created by running notes manager.  The program creates a text file that has the same name as the drawing you are in with the file extension "not" . This is referred to as the drawing's note file. This contains the information that was created based on the notes in a particular drawing.   Do not erase these, since these are the files that the Final Tally will use for project.  However, each time you run notes manager, this ".not" file will be updated.

In order to line up the notes where they need to go, you may move the notes to anywhere on the plan. Once moved, the notes will remember the location of where it is at and each time the notes are updated it will place the notes in the previous location.  When moving the imported notes table, please make sure your pick ALL of the top most portion of the table.  The actual point that the program uses to place the table is based on the very first entity of the table.

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The menu names have changed - process still remains the same

For the fun of it, try running notes again, except this time, change the number 99 to a small number like 5. Run Notes Manager and notice how the notes come in again. You will find that the notes can be moved around the drawing and can be forced into several different columns as needed.

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The menu names have changed - process still remains the same

Sometimes a complex plan requires that you need to be extra creative with the note placement.  If this happens to you, then we would recommend that you run notes in model space, not paperspace and create view ports as needed to show the notes in the paperspace. Alternatively, there is always the moving around using the manual method, which sometimes is necessary.  However, if "notes" is ever updated, it will go back to a column format based on the most recent instance of running notes manager.  Again, the notes can be created in either model space or paper space. The examples in here are shown for paperspace, but the process is still the same. The only difference is that you need to be in model space when you run notes. The program will prompt you for the location to begin the insertion of the construction notes just like in paper space.

Go to or opent the Utility plan.dwg and run Notes manager in that drawing, just as you just did in the Site plan.dwg. After running "notes manager" hit F2 again to that it creates a text file called "Utility plan.not".  After running Notes Manager in the Utility plan drawing then go back to the Site Plan drawing for the next section.

Note: Be brave and try out a few more notes. You can edit the Constnot.txt file by adding in more notes using the text editor. As you edit the text file, please keep the columns lined up with the correct spacing. The length of text in the description field will be based on your preference up to within a space of the first character in the next column.

Remember! After any changes are made to the "constnot.txt" file, you must save the text file and then re-run "notes manager" in AutoCAD for any changes to take place.