SmartDraft Construction Notes Tools

SmartDraft Construction Notes Tools

Win32 and 64, English

SmartDraft, Inc.
Tools to add a construction note or a construction notes list, and manage the construction note list.

General Usage Instructions

Construction Notes automates the process of placing construction notes and creating a construction notes table or list. Use reference symbol only, leaders with reference symbol, multiple leaders with reference symbol, leaders with text, or leader, reference symbol, and text. Once the construction note reference symbols are placed, a construction notes table can be created from the symbols.

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Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Construction Notes

Add a construction note or a construction notes list. Command uses a construction note file (.cnm) created by the Construction Notes Manager command.

Construction Notes List: Update

Update the construction notes lists within the current drawing, using the associated construction notes file.

Construction Notes List: Change

Change the width of a Construction Notes List (created by the Construction Notes command) and maintain the correct width for the tag column and the correct height of each row.

Construction Notes Manager

Create and modify construction notes files (.cnm).

Edit Label

Modify text created with TEXT, DTEXT, Labeling, ARCTEXT, Blocks with Attributes, Civil 3D's Point objects, and Point Label, Point Elevation, Label Coordinate, Slope Label (1 Point), Dimension Arc, and SD Arc Text.

Block Update

Update the definition of blocks in the current drawing. If changes are made to a block file inserted into a drawing, and there is a need to change the existing block definition without creating a new block insertion. Use this command to replace the block definition of any block defined in a drawing. Note: The new definition of the block file must have the same name as the block in the drawing.

Block Replace / Substitute

Replace one block with another block Note: Both blocks must already be in the drawing. If both blocks have attributes, they both should have the same number of attributes and in the same order. The replacement block will be placed on the same layer, and scale.


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Additional Information

We have placed sample Construction Notes drawings with reference symbols and notes files in the "\Contents\Sample Files\Construction Notes" folder in the bundle installation folder.

NOTE: If you previously installed the Trial version of this software, then you must uninstall it for this version to work properly.

Known Issues

Information: Only a single construction notes file can be associated with a drawing. Multiple categories are used within the notes file to enable multiple note lists.


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SmartDraft, Inc.

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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Version 24.0.1 released - 3/28/2024. * Supports for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2020-2025.


Version 23.0.0 released - 3/28/2023. * Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2024.


Version 22.0.0 released - 3/15/2022. * Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2023. * Added Enable Construction Notes List Update on Open option to the Program Options command. * Added Enable Construction Notes List Update on Open option to the User Options command. * Fixed an issue with the List Options type Associated Drawings and "List" button of the Construction Notes. It was not working.


Version 21.0.0 released - 3/20/2022. * Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2022. * Added the Redefine Blocks and Block Replace / Substitute commands to the Construction Notes Tools. * Added to the Construction Notes command. When adding / updating a notes list using the select viewport option, the command checks and sets the modelspace UCS to World and resets it back afterwords. * Added support for relative paths to the Construction Notes command. Now the notes file is saved to the drawing with a relative path. * Added support for a relative path for the associated drawings list to the Construction Notes and Construction Notes Manager command. This option helps when the construction notes tools are used on different drives, but the same file structure. * Fixed an issue with selected block with grips not clearing when pressing the ESC key. * Fixed the display of the Customization Template Description in the SmartDraft User Options... command. * Fixed an issue with the Construction Notes Manager command. When the command started the first time, the layer list was incorrect. * Fixed an issue with the Construction Notes Manager command. When changing a Note or List layer, and error may occur and cause the command to fail. * Fixed an issue with the Construction Notes Manager command. When selecting the Note or List Layer *Type a layer name*, the dialog could cause a fatal error and exit the type layer name. Also, some users have experienced a corruption in the notes file. * Fixed an issue with the Construction Notes Manager reporting a notes files is lock when using Autodesk BIM 360. * Changed command icons to support dark / light themes in AutoCAD.


Version 20.0.0 released - 3/20/2020. * Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2020 and Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2021.


Version 19.0.0 released - 2/20/2019. * Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2020 and Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2020.
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