Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 10)19 Mar, 2007
Cadalyst Labs Review: Workstations on the Rise
CAD Manager Column: Building Your Workplace Action Plan
Cadalyst Daily Update
This Week's Software Tips
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Write Sequential Numbers
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: "This routine does what it says, but with a few quirks. With accelerated mouse movement, which is fairly common these days, it’s very difficult to stop your drag on the desired number. When this happens, you have to erase the unwanted additional entries. The routine doesn’t let you drag in any direction either than that specifically stated: You must enter the direction in the dialog box and then the direction is fixed. A suggestion would be to structure the dialog box to default to the last entered values, such as prefix and suffix, upon running and also to specify the increment value to something other than 1."
Wrap Your Routines
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our expert LISP Patroller says, "This is an effective use of multiple programming formats, such as LISP, VBA and VL. I prefer to keep my routines as separate, individual files so I can easily access them for updates. I also tend to use the AutoLoad feature for my LISP routines via hotkeys. But that is purely the way I do things. This routine functions well and can be useful for those who know the various programming languages."
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Mtext Tip 1
(DEFUN C:TX (/ SCF HT)
Mtext Tip 2
(DEFUN C:TXS (/ SCF HT)
Mtext Tip 3
(DEFUN C:TXT (/ SCF HT)
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Tip Patrol reviewers agree that these three Mtext tips work fine. For users looking to add further functionality, one Patroller reminds users that the Mtext command offers various suboptions, such as justification, text size and the like, so ideally additions such as these should terminate after the Mtext command so users can access all the suboptions. "It would also be better to reset current layer, color and the like back to the settings at initiation time," he adds.
Follow-Up: AutoCAD Dimensioning
MicroStation Tip: Take Your Cell Library to Other Dimensions
Answer: Easy! Just use MicroStation's Export function. Click here for details.
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.
Deals & Freebies
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Books & Training
AutoCAD Training for Architects and Interior Designers
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Visualization: AutoVue 3D Pro - SME v19.1
Visualization: Vue 6 Easel, Esprit And Pro Studio
GIS: Cadcorp SIS Pictometry Viewer
MCAD: MD Solutions v2
MCAD: PAM-STAMP 2G 2007
CAE: STAR-CCM+ V2.06
CAE: Nastran v9 Windows x64
CAM: GibbsCAM 5-Axis Module
CAM: GibbsCAM Machine Simulation
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