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Revision Clouds: Exploring the Features and Benefits of AutoCAD

Brandon Loehr
February 2, 2018

You can use AutoCAD revision clouds to quickly and easily highlight changes to your drawings. A revision cloud is the standard way to showcase or call attention to an area of a drawing that has been modified or revised since its original issuance. Revision clouds can be created by simply moving your mouse freely around the revised area you would like to highlight or by converting an existing object like a polyline, circle, or spline into a revision cloud automatically.

Revision Clouds

Highlighting an Area With a Revision Cloud

You can use your mouse to create a revision cloud in a few different ways including along a freehand path, from a rectangular area, or from a polygonal area. Simply find the revision cloud button on the Home tab under the Draw panel dropdown and use the Revision Cloud dropdown button to choose an option. You can also use the REVCLOUD text command.

Revision Clouds

After choosing an option you can quickly select the edited area to call attention to in your drawing using one of the options. See the image below where the freehand option was used to highlight two revision areas.

Revision Clouds

Convert Object to Revision Cloud

Another option you have when creating revision clouds is to convert an existing object like a polygon, circle, or spline into a revision cloud. To do this, simply activate the revision cloud command from the button in the Draw panel of the Home tab or use the REVCLOUD text command; once activated choose the Object option to select an existing object for your revision cloud.

Choose the Object option before selecting.

Revision Clouds

After selecting the rectangle and circle for revision clouds.

Revision Clouds

Revision Cloud Settings

At the REVCLOUD prompt you are also able to change a few settings for your revision clouds including the arc lengths (minimum and maximum) as well as the revision cloud styling which includes Normal or Calligraphy. The latter will give your revision clouds a hand sketched or calligraphy look (see the image below).

Revision Clouds

Modifying Revision Clouds

You can modify your revision clouds by simply selecting them and moving or stretching the vertices grips to a new location as needed. You can also redraw segments or portions of your revision clouds using the Modify option in the REVCLOUD command. This will allow you to extend, reduce, or revise your revision cloud while removing the old revision cloud linework as needed. See the images below for an example.

Choose the REVCLOUD Modify option.

Revision Clouds

After selecting the new area for the revision cloud, the old line is removed automatically.

Revision Clouds

More on AutoCAD Revision Clouds

To Create Revision Clouds

To Modify the Lengths of Arcs in a Revision Cloud Using Grips

How to Draw a Revision Cloud (Video)

Revision Clouds Made Easy (Video)

Keep Exploring

Want to learn more? Check out all the benefits of AutoCAD on our Features page; troubleshoot and get the details on previous software versions over on the Autodesk Knowledge Network; or take a look at all entries in our series, Exploring the Features and Benefits of AutoCAD.

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Brandon Loehr

Brandon Loehr is a civil designer, AutoCAD evangelist, and founder of CAD Intentions. Brandon has been obsessed with design and technology for as long as he can remember. For the past five years, Brandon’s blog (CADIntentions.com) and YouTube channel (http://cadintentions.com/yt) have helped the public keep up with new tutorials, tech and trends in the CAD design world, growing to more than 3.5 million views. When he's not working as a designer or on his site, Brandon enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with his wife Andrea and 8 month old Son Emmett.

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