Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 11, No. 42)27 Nov, 2006
What's New at Cadalyst.com
Dialog Box: Readers Have Their Say
Cadalyst Daily Update
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Digital Library of Technical Information
CAD Models Now Online for Veriflo Components
This Week's Software Tips
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Follow-Up to Cycle Through Drawings
Cadalyst Tip Patroller Kevin Sawyer offers up the option of typing Taskbar at the Command line and setting the option to 1 to turn on the feature that lists multiple AutoCAD tabs in the system area. Unfortunately, if you have a few drawings open, these tabs dynamically resize themselves and seeing each DWG filename can be a problem. Kevin recommends a product called DocBar (starting at $35) from Cadwerx, a dockable image or tab-based toolbar for managing open AutoCAD documents. (A free trial download is available.)
Filter Objects with SSX
Load SSX.LSP while opening a session, or afterward using (load"ssx")). Type SSX at the Select Objects prompt and press Enter. You can then select an object and have all relative filters set, such as entity type, color, layer, etc. By pressing Enter again instead of selecting an object or text entity, the command offers several filter options. You can also incorporate this AutoLISP file into other LISP routines for simplified user input.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrollers were of two minds on this one. One said, “I have AutoCAD 2006, and SSX.LSP still works. Now an Express Tool, it’s been around since Release 10. As explained by Lee, it allows the operator to choose specific features of an entity when building a selection set. Command line options are available for most commands that produce dialog boxes. Just precede the command with a – (dash). Sometimes AutoCAD commands include too many options, slowing you down with too many choices. That’s when scripts, LISP routines, VBA and Visual LISP become very handy for specific changes. If Lee is using the same filters each time, customizing this sequence could be very helpful.”
Our second Patroller said he prefers sticking with Qselect, and keeps it open on his desktop at all times.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: While one Patroller is in complete agreement with Kellie, another suggests trying Background Mask instead of Textmask. He says that this subroutine is better attached to the text than Textmask and is also used with the Draworder command to produce the desired masking effect. There are two drawbacks to this command: It only applies to Mtext and didn’t come out until Release 2005. Both features allow the user to achieve the expected result without modifying other drawing entities. For more information on the Background Mask feature of Mtext, read:
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.
Deals & Freebies
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Free Upgrade to progeCAD 2007
Delcam Offers Free FeatureCAM Trial
Opportunities & Honors
Right Hemisphere Honored with MT2 Award
ASCON Announces Fifth KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest
Books and Training
New Self-Paced Courses for SolidWorks 2007
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: DISTO A8
Hardware: Draganflyer SAVS
Hardware: Portable Multidisplay Monitor
General Software: FusionDox IDM 2007
General Software: progeCAD 2007 Professional
General Software: TurboCAD MAC Version 2
General Software: Draft IT Version 2
Visualization: NPR Imagery for VectorWorks
GIS: ArcMap Plug-in for Spatial Express
MCAD: Mesh To Solid 3.0
MCAD: Power NURBS 2.0
MCAD: 3DSearchIT for SolidWorks
MCAD: XVL Reducer
MCAD: GeomCaliper for Pro/ENGINEER 2.0
MCAD: Geomagic Qualify 9 and Geomagic Blade Extension
MCAD: CATBLANK CAA V5-Based
MCAD: Digital Parts Catalog
CAE: LMS Virtual.Lab Structures Rev 6
CAE: CFdesign V9
CAE: COMSOL Acoustics Module
CAM: VX Mold Automation Design Suite
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Webinar: Evolve to 3D
Webinar: Autodesk Map 3D 2007 for Civil Engineers
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