Architectural  Production  Software
User’s Manual

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Architectural Production Software
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Attribute definition AutoCAD's ATTDEF command create these pieces of text. They are the definition of text that will remain editable inside a block. The information they hold may also be extracted from drawings for various applications like the door, window, and finish schedules.

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Batts Batt insulation is a thickness of insulation (usually fiberglass) that comes in rolls and is designed to fit between studs or joists.
Bifold door A door that folds in half horizontally to open. Typically used in closet door applications.
Bipass door A door system that consists of two slab doors (slightly bigger than half the opening width) that slide past each other to allow access to one side or the other of the opening.
Blipmode Blips are those little white "blips" or crosses that appear at points that are selected with the cursor. When blipmode is on they appear on your screen, when blipmode is off they do not. When they show on your screen performing a redraw will make them disappear.

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Callout A callout is a noted reference to another location in a drawing, notes, or to a schedule.

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Dialog A "window" that shows usually in the center of the screen. A dialog may vary greatly in size and content but generally has  "OK" and/or "Cancel" buttons at the bottom.
Dimensional Lumber Standard sized wood like 2x4's etc.

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EIFS External Insulation and Finish System. This finish system uses rigid foam insulation over a building's sheathing and then coats it with various layers of reinforcing mesh and latex "stucco".

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Fascia The vertical trim or board material just below the roofing at the outer edge of the roof's overhang (eave) on a standard pitched residential roof. 
Flyout This is another row of toolbar buttons that "fly out" from a single button in a toolbar. The buttons that are able to have another toolbar "fly out" from them typically have a black triangle in the bottom right corner of the button. The way to activate a "flyout" is to place the cursor arrow on top of a button that has a "flyout" and press the select button (usually your left mouse button) and hold it. The "flyout" will display (as shown below) allowing you more selections. To select one of the toolbars in the "flyout" drag the cursor arrow down the "flyout" (while still holding the button) and when you are over the button you would like to select release the button and it will be selected.


    

   

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Gable Where the exterior wall extends up to terminate a roof's ridgeline (area shown red in this image).
Glue-Lam A glue laminated beam/column made up of several pieces of dimensional lumber glued (laminated) together.
Gyp-Bd Gypsum Wall Board - a sheet of gypsum typically 4'x8' wrapped in paper. Used for covering wall and ceiling framing and for various fireproofing applications.

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Hipped roof A roof design that has no gables. All sides slope up to a ridge. This image shows a plan view of a hipped roof system.

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Leader
A leader is a line and arrow drawn from text or symbols to the location or items that they describe.
LVL beam Laminated Veneer Lumber - This is where wood veneer (thin sheets of wood similar to what is used in plywood) are laminated (glued) together to form a beam.

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Nominal size Nominal size is the size commonly referred to but not always the actual size of a material. An example is a 2x4, the piece of wood has a nominal size of 2" x 4" but the actual size is 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".

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Patio Door A door system that looks like a "french" set of double doors but only one of the doors is operable, the other is fixed.
Pop 0 (cursor menu) This is the contextual pop-up menu similar to a pull-down but that shows up in the drawing area at the current location of the cursor. The choices in the menu will vary depending on what command is currently active or if no command is active and you have one of the Software menus loaded you will see one that looks similar to this one:

 

Pull-down The text at the top of the AutoCAD screen that when clicked  reveals a list of commands that may be selected.

   

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Schedule A table used to further define doors, windows, and rooms. Typically a door/window/room is given an number or other designation that references detailed information about that door/window/room in the schedule.
   

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Tablet Another name for a digitizer. They usually have commands mapped on to their surface as shown in the image, are usually a flat square or rectangle with a "puck" with various numbers of buttons that is used on top to point with. These (far superior - ok a little bias showing there) pointing devices have all but been replaced by the mouse.
Toolbar The buttons that may be positioned at various locations around the screen and assigned commands. In AutoCAD release 13 and 14 they look like:

and in  2000 through 2002 they look like: .

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