Currently when making a materials list, I type the text, copy it onto each layout, and take out whatever materials arenít needed. But when a material changes, I have to go through all of the layouts and change them individually. Does anyone know of a way to create a master materials list that can be inserted onto a number of layouts, and even edited (just taking some materials out of the list, not adding to or changing the text)? Then, when a material changes, you can make the change to the master and all others are automatically updated? I believe there is a way with attributes, but have yet to find it. One concern is that if you take out a material, there may be a gap between the one listed before it and the one after.
From contributor J:
Iím sure there are other methods, but here are a couple of things to try.
Open notepad and create your master list of general notes or materials list.
Save them where you can easily find them.
Now in AutoCAD, use the MTEXT command and when the text editor comes up, right click inside the text area and select IMPORT TEXT. Navigate to the text file you saved and select it.
Complete the MTEXT procedure.
Next use the block command to turn the text into a block, name it MYTEXT or something.
Now you can use the insert command to put it into any layout tab.
Okay, let's change something on the list.
Note: clicking the red X on the refedit dialog box does not cancel the command; it just hides the dialog box. To get it back, type refedit again. To close out of refedit without saving any changes, click the next to last icon on the refedit box to discard any changes.
Another method is to put the text in model space and use viewports in paper space to display the text in each layout. So all you have to do is change the text in model space.
I prefer the first method. But in any case it's a good idea to look at all layouts after the change to make sure the changes you made are not interfering with anything else. Example: you make a change and the text line you added is longer than the rest. If the original text was close to another object or other text, it might lap over after the change. This all depends on how packed your drawing is and where your text is located.