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Project2002 (Structural) (OP)
5 Jan 03 6:36
Hi all,

Can some experienced professional user please suggest what are the best, and most popular, fonts to use in AutoCAD 2000 for civil/structural engineering and/or architectural work?  I don't seem to see any font that says "engineering" or "architectural", specifically? Appreciate if you could give a few suggestions, say from most popular to less popular,say etc.?

Thank you all in advance.
rKeyTek (Computer)
6 Jan 03 9:54
For the most part, "ROMAND" & "ROMANS" seem to be the popular fontS or "the most" comman fonts used between Engineers & Architects.

Some places like "SIMPLEX" or "TXT" but these places are small organization, per my experience.

Some Civil & Arch places will go outside the native fonts and buy fonts like:
"ARCH.SHX"
"HAND.SHX"
"ARCHITXT.SHX"
"ARCHITITL.SHX"

Hope that helps.
Rich
SouthernDrafter (Civil/Environmental)
6 Jan 03 10:53
In all my 20 years of doing this in civil, we have always used ROMANS, and in some cases LEROY. If you use the older softdesk program, Leroy was the default. But RomanS is probably the most used in my area (Atlanta, GA) Our lettering is with an obliquing angle of 22.5 degrees, whereas most other companies go with 0.00 (straight up and down)

Depending on where you're at, I would suggest trying to look at other companies plans and see what is the most used. RomanD looks great, but uses more memory.
borgunit (Mechanical)
6 Jan 03 13:59
My only suggestion would be to use one that comes with a standard AutoCAD install, just in case you pass these drawings on to someone else.
Spudnik (Civil/Environmental)
6 Jan 03 18:04
In the 17 years that we have used ACAD here, we have primarily used Simplex.  It's a long-time typeface used on construction drawings, and seems to always be usable if we send files to someone.  We use the Txt typeface for smaller lettering where it's harder to notice how 'klunky' it looks!  But it sure saves file size!

These days, we have found True-Type handy for adding width and shape to the typeface without relying on color.  But Truetype fonts are also causing larger files and errors. (R2000i on Win2000)

A lot of consultants that we work with use an arch.txt sort of typeface with architectural drawings.

Good luck . . .Dan
FH (Mechanical)
7 Jan 03 9:04
Dear Project2002,
In my opinion and by my experience in architectural drawings:
- The best font for dimensioning is the ISO font because it is highly clear and if you make a copy of the drawing it can be read clearly.
- The most suitable font for tables and columns of data is the Courier New font (true type) because its characters width is the same for all and simply can be compared to other data in the table. It is one of the standard fonts of the Microsoft Windows.
- The last suggestion for view titles is the Times New Roman which is formal and beautiful.
:)
Farzad

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