Setting the Page Scale on your drawing

Applies to:

  • Revu 20

Setting the page scale ensures the accuracy of all measurements taken on your drawing. If no page scale has been set on a drawing, you’ll be prompted to set a scale the first time you attempt a measurement. From the page scale dialog, you’ll be able to choose from a list of preset scales, create your own custom scales, add custom scales to the preset list, or add scales across multiple pages. 

To learn more about page scale, in addition to viewports (defined zones on a drawing that use different scales), see Page Scale and Viewports.

Setting the Page Scale

If a scale hasn’t been set the first time you attempt a measurement, you will see the Apply Scale to Pages dialog box appear. You will then have the option to set the page scale by either calibrating your drawing or setting it manually. 

The Apply Scale to Pages dialog box.

Calibrating your drawing

If you know the distance (dimensions) between two points on your drawing, use Calibrate to set the page scale. This will ensure accurate measurements are taken on your drawing. 

To calibrate your drawing:

  1. Perform a measurement on your drawing. The Apply Scale to Pages dialog box appears.  
  2. Select Custom for your scale and then select Calibrate.
    To start calibrating your drawing, select Custom and then Calibrate.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions for calibrating and select OK.
  4. Locate a known length on the page and perform a measurement by clicking on the starting point of your measurement. Extend the line to the end point of your measurement and click again to finish the line. 
  5. Enter the known distance for the measurement taken and select the units of measurement to be displayed.
    Enter a known length in the highlighted box.
  6. Select the decimal or fractional precision of the measurement values from the Precision menu.
  7. Under Pages, select the page range on which to apply the scale. You can apply the scale to the current page, all pages of the drawing, or define a custom range of pages. Each page can also have its own scale.
    Select the page range you want to apply your scale to.
  8. Select Apply Scale.

The page scale has now been set and you can begin taking accurate measurements on your drawing. 

Setting a preset or custom scale 

If the page scale is known and you’re certain no scaling has occurred during the PDF creation process, you can input a page scale manually.

  1. Perform a measurement on your drawing. The Apply Scale to Pages dialog box appears. 
  2. You can set a common scale by opening the preset list and choosing your preferred scale.
    A list of preset scales you can select to calibrate your drawing.
  3. If you’d like to set a custom scale instead, select Custom and enter your desired scale. You can also define a separate Y scale by selecting Separate Y scale.
    Set a custom scale and define a separate Y scale.
  4. If you’d like to save your custom scale and add it to the preset list, select + Add Preset. Custom scales will appear atop the preset list with trash bins next to them, allowing you to remove preset custom scales as necessary.
    Save your custom scale to the presets list and reuse it on other drawings.
  5. Define your Precision value and Page range as described in steps 6-7 of the previous section.
  6. Select Apply Scale.

Your custom scale has now been set and you’ll be able to reuse the scale at any time by selecting it from the preset list.

Setting the page scale is used to ensure the accuracy of all measurements taken on your drawing. If no page scale has been set on a drawing, you will be prompted to set a scale the first time you attempt a meaurement. When setting the page scale, you will be able to choose from a list of preset scales, create your own custom scales, add custom scales to the preset list, and add scales across multiple pages.

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