Do you hate to type the same notes over and over again, drawing after drawing, project after project?
Now you can instantly add typical drawing notes with or without leaders and without typing!
As a CAD user you know the difficulty when working with text input, style, layers, and text heights. Wouldn’t it be great if you could break free from these limitations and eliminate repetitive tasks? Eliminate typing mistakes within all the drawings in a project and use consistent notation, style and abbreviations.
- Significantly increase drawing notation speed and drawing productivity.
- You no longer have to remember scale factors for text heights, setting the correct text style, or even putting the note on the correct layer, its all automatic.
- Instantly add typical drawing notes without typing!
- You have complete control over every aspect of notes and leaders.
- Notes are stored by categories in Master Note files which can be specific for different projects.
- Add notes directly from your drawing to the current Master Note file.
- Eliminate typing mistakes and have consistent drawing notation, style and abbreviations.
- Add single or multiple line notes.
- Easily add, edit or remove notes from your master note files.
- Add Annotative Notes
- New MLEADER option, using the existing MLEADER style, adding a note from Arrow Head or Landing Point to Note. Additional leaders may be added using the MLEADER AddLeader option.
When QuickNotes first opens, it uses the default Master Note File and lists the individual categories in the file. Simply select the specific category item in the list for the type of notation required and the list of available notes are displayed in the Typical Notes list box.
Switch categories by selecting a new one from the list or load a different Master Note File, its that simple.
Master Note File
A Master Note File holds all the categories for a specific drawing type or project. You can create as many Master Note File required to fit the various drafting tasks. You could have a Master Note File for details, sections, plans, elevations or any specific need, even for each individual project.
Select the following options from within the Master Note File Utilities section of the dialog:
Use the Edit: option to open and edit the currently selected Master note file in Notepad. Edit or modify existing notes or add new notes from within the current drawing.
Use the File: option to select the Master note file to work with. There is no limit on the number of Master Note files you can create. Existing note files can be saved as new ones for a starting point. Then modified to contain the specific notes for that file.
A category is an easy way to organize your typical drawing notes into logical divisions based on your drawing requirements or projects. Each Category contains the specific Text Style and Layer name which will be used for all notes within the specific category when placed in the drawing.
Each category hold the specific text style and layer setting so when a notes is placed in the drawing it uses the correct layer and text style settings.
- Leader Points
Five Different Leader Point Options
Leader Points are predefined to allow you to quickly add text with or without leaders.
This option works in connection with the Leader Type selections.
- None: when you only want to place a note.
- 1 Point: Add a Note and Leader quickly with a single point selection.
- 2 Points: Add a Note and Leader with an extra point selection.
- 3 Points: For those notes that need a clear location
- 4 Points: Useful for Splines and Arc Dot leader types.
- Leader Types
Four Different Leader Types To Select From
Easily place text with or without a Leader Line. A single point leader allows you to place a note with one point selection for the leader. The note is then added at the end of the leader.
- Straight 90 Degree with one point or Straight Line with two point selection.
- Add a 45 Degree leader line with one point selection.
- The Spline leader option works with one or multiple point selections.
- Add a leader line with an Arc Dot with a two point selection.
Add a single leader line starting form the leader arrow point to the text, based on the Placement Angle setting of the text.
Creates a leader from the leader point to a second point at a 45 degree angle, then a straight leader to the text placement point.
Create a spline leader similar to an arc then adds the note at the end.
Add a dot at the beginning of the leader then allows a point selection for the Arc leader.
- Placement Options
Set text justification from the drop-down list before placing text in your drawing.
Text can also be rotated during placement by selecting one of the Rotation: values from the list.
Use this option to preselect the text justification from a list of common presets.
Justification can also be modified using the AutoCAD edit commands.
- BL: Bottom Left
- BC: Bottom Center
- BR: Bottom Right
- TL: Top Left
- TC: Top Center
- TR: Top Right
- ML: Middle Left
- MC: Middle Center
- MR: Middle Right
Use this option to preselect the text rotation angle before placement.
Values range from 15-345 degrees in 15 degree increments.
- Typical Notes
Typical Notes List Box
Typical drawing notes are displayed in this list box when a selection is made from the Category list. These notes are stored in the Master Note File.
Selecting a category will list all the notes in that category.
Typical drawing notes can be added to the drawing in a variety of ways. Notes can be single line as the “BOP EL.” note or multiple line as the note “1. NO ALLOWANCE HAS…..” Multiple line notes are listed in a single line using the special characters “\P” to denote a line break.
However, single line notes can also be added to the drawing as multiple line notes. To do this select the starting line within the typical notes list, hold the Shift key and select the last line for a multiple line note.
- Installation (click to open for more info)
Download the file from the link provided in the sales receipt and save the file to your computer hard disk. After downloading locate the file and execute it to install the program. Restart AutoCAD for the plug-in to autoload and become active. An icon will appear in the “Add-Ins” or “Plug-Ins” tab of the Ribbon Panel for this App.
The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.
- Software Activation
You have 15-days to activate the software. When running in non-activated mode a dialog will only appear once the first time the program is executed in a new or existing drawing which indicates the number of Days Remaining before the program stops and an option to Activate. Until you are ready to activate the software, you can run the software in the Non-Activated mode before it expires by clicking on the “Continue without Activation” button.
To activate the software, when you open a new or existing drawing and a dialog appears prompting you to press “OK” button to Activate Now. This takes you to the SoftDraft Activation dialog showing your License Code and an edit box for you to enter the License Key. To receive your License Key, click in the License Code edit box, then copy the License Code. To avoid mistakes, we suggest that you copy it from this dialog and paste it in an email, instead of entering it with the keyboard, then send it to
Please include the name the app was purchased under and company name. After we receive the email we will send the License Key back, usually within 24 hours, for you to enter into the dialog. Copy the License Key from the email into the License Key edit box area of the Activation dialog, then click “OK” to close the dialog. An alert will show the License Key was or accepted or an incorrect Key was entered. If you receive the “Incorrect License Key” alert, please notify tech support in an email to support @ softdraft.com