Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 11, No. 37)16 Oct, 2006
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Follow-Up to Viewport Lock
"This cleans out RegApps so they don’t add to your file size. I recently did this on a drawing from someone else and purged 156,000 registered applications, cutting the file size from 2.5 MB to 400 KB. The worst thing about RegApps is the virulent nature of them. If you xref an infected file into a clean drawing, the RegApps are brought into the new file. With behavior like that, you need to nip the problem in the bud or else you can corrupt a whole project in no time by opening a few drawings. Purging RegApps has known detrimental effects on the drawing or applications used."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrollers are in agreement that it’s necessary to purge RegApps on a regular basis, and this is a good solution. In addition, Manusoft offers a small utility program called SuperPurge ($30) that helps you rid your files of RegApps, as well as other things that a normal Purge command won’t, such as the Defpoints layer. You can also use it to hard purge items that are still in the drawing, so use it wisely.
There are many ways to fix this, but Douglas has found the Redir command to be the best option to strip the path names off the references. The beauty of Redir is that if a path redirection doesn't find the file, the original remains as-is, he says.
For example, he keeps all image references (that are unique to a job) within a subfolder under the drawing folder named Images. If he sees full paths on the image references, he types Redir, presses Enter to bring up the Settings dialog box, selects Images, presses OK to continue and then types the asterisk symbol (*) to select all paths. The next prompt asks for the replacement folder, so he types IMAGES\.
All the images found in the Images folder are given relative paths. This works well with batch scripting too, he adds.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL:
One Patroller notes, “The usefulness of this feature will, I think, have more to do with the structure of a given firm’s CAD filing protocols and standards. In some offices, the current revision drawing set is the one in the active folder. (Earlier revisions are saved in subfolders Rev-1, Rev-2, etc.). Storing the full path guarantees that if you need to see Rev-1 (even though the current revision is Rev-4) it won’t reference the wrong xref.”
Easy Toolbar Move
After you lock toolbars and tool palettes in place, you can temporarily override that lock to move them by pressing and holding the CTRL key while moving the toolbars and tool palettes. Once they are in place, release the CTRL key and they are again locked.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL:
MicroStation Tip -- Design Model Copied to a Sheet Metal
Answer: Try saving a view in the design file. Next, switch to the sheet model and reference the current file. Now, select the view you saved in the design model and set Nesting to 1, then just data point on the screen to place the referenced view.
Axiom offers many MicroStation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Cadalyst Tip Patrol before publication. Use tips at your own discretion, please, and watch later editions of this newsletter for updates and corrections. Many thanks to our volunteer Cadalyst Tip Patrol members: Don Boyer, Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, Don Reichle, Kevin Sawyer, Ivanhoe Tejeda, Billy Wooten and Ben Young.
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The Week's New CAD and Related Products
AEC: PowerCAD SiteMaster 3
AEC: Prolog 2007
MCAD: Teamcenter Express Version 2
MCAD: FormatWorks 2007
CAE: ABAQUS Student Edition Version 6.6
CAM: FeatureCAM 2007
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