Understanding paper space and model space
When you start a drawing session, your initial working area is called model
space. Model space is an area in which you create two-dimensional and three-dimensional
entities based on either the World Coordinate System (WCS) or a user coordinate
system (UCS). You view and work in model space while using the Model tab.
Your view of this area is a single viewport that fills the screen. You can
create additional views on the Model tab, called viewports, which can show the
same or different two-dimensional or three-dimensional views, all of which are
displayed in a tiled manner. You can work in only one of these viewports at
a time on the Model tab, and you can print only the current viewport.
progeCAD provides an additional work area, called paper space. The contents
of paper space represent the paper layout of your drawing. In this work area,
you can create and arrange different views of your model similar to the way
you arrange detail drawings or orthogonal views of a model on a sheet of paper.
You can also add dimensions, keynotes, annotations, borders, title blocks, and
other print-related entities in paper space, which reduces clutter when you
work with your model in model space.
You view and work in paper space while using a Layout tab. Each view, or layout
viewport, that you create in paper space provides a window of your drawing in
model space. You can create one layout viewport or several. You can place layout
viewports anywhere on the screen; their edges can be touching or not; and you
can print them all at the same time. You do not need to use paper space to print
your drawing, but it offers several advantages:
- Print the same drawing with different print settings that you save with
each layout, for example, printer configuration files, print style tables,
lineweight settings, drawing scale, and more.
- Add print-related entities that are not essential to the model itself,
such as keynotes or annotations, to reduce clutter when you work with your
model in model space on the Model tab.
- For a single layout, create multiple layout viewports that print the model
at different views and scales.
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space and model space