About Markup Import and Markup Assist

Markup Import and Markup Assist use machine learning to identify markups and provide a way to view and insert drawing revisions with less manual effort.

Note: Markup Import and Markup Assist are not available for AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD LT for Mac.

Markups can be imported as a PDF, JPG, or PNG and are overlaid on top of your drawing in the Trace environment. Markups in the imported file are automatically identified as text, revision clouds, strikethroughs, and instructions (such as "move" or "rotate"). Markup Assist lets you insert those identified markups into the drawing as text or revision clouds, or use the markups to revise existing text and geometry.

Note: Because markups are processed in the cloud, an internet connection is required to use Markup Import and Markup Assist.

Markup Import

Use Markup Import to place a marked-up version of your drawing on top of the original file to make it easier to view and incorporate changes to your drawing. For example, if you have a PDF version of your drawing that has text and revision notes added, use Markup Import to overlay the revised drawing on top of the original. Or, if you have a printed version of your drawing that contains hand-written revision notes, you can take a photograph of the printed version and then import it as a JPG or PNG.

Imported markups are added as a new trace in the Trace environment. Use TRACEPALETTEOPEN to open the Traces palette and view a list of traces in the drawing.

The imported file is automatically placed and aligned on top of the drawing file in a new trace. The imported file can be a representation of the entire drawing or only a part of the drawing. If the imported file is not aligned correctly, you can manually align, move, scale, or rotate the imported file.

When viewing imported markups, you can change the background transparency to adjust the visibility of the imported markup.

Markup Assist

Markup Assist automatically identifies markups as text and revision clouds. After importing a markup, turn on TRACEBACK to activate the trace mode that lets you modify the drawing itself.

Click a text markup, then insert it as mtext or an mleader, or use it to update existing text in the drawing. Click a boundary markup (for instance, a hand-drawn circle), and insert it as a revision cloud. You can edit text before inserting it, copy the text to the clipboard, or use Update Existing Text to replace or amend existing text in the drawing. Inserted text, leaders, and revclouds take on the properties of the current layer and current text style.

Use Fade Markup to control the transparency of individual markups. Fade Markup is useful for hiding any markups that you've already inserted, or if there is a markup you want to ignore. Access the FADEMARKUP command from the Trace toolbar, or from the Markup Assist dialog box. Control the transparency of faded markups in Trace Settings on the Trace toolbar, or with the TRACEMARKUPFADECTRL system variable.

Best Practices for using Markup Import

Best Practices for using Markup Assist

Web and Mobile

All Markup Import features are available in the AutoCAD web and mobile apps. The AutoCAD mobile app also allows you to import a photo directly from the device's camera. Go to Annotate > Import Markup > Camera and follow the steps on your mobile device to import a photograph of your markup.

Note: Markup Assist is not available for the AutoCAD web or mobile apps.