Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 11)26 Mar, 2007
New Quick Poll: Who Calls Your CAD Shots?
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First Look Review: Sun Microsystems Ultra 20 M2
Cadalyst Daily Update
This Week's Software Tips
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Multiple Osnaps Customization
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: One Cadalyst Tip Patroller who reviewed Brent's tip remarks, "This is an excellent example of customizing the CUI file. The techniques that the Tipster uses to add, modify and protect commands in the CUI file should benefit most all users."
Another Tip Patroller offers another option: Use Menuload to accommodate his tool entries into the CUI. He explains, "I learned that with AutoCAD 2006, all that was necessary to load the MNS files I had been using for years was to change the extents from CUI to MNS in the Menuload dialog box. Also, I handle the osnaps I need by using an AutoLISP file to set things up. Here are a couple of examples, in which all I have to do is type four keys (at the most), and I'm good to go":
(defun C:OC ()
(defun C:OE ()
Changing Text Justification
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrollers send thanks for the explanation. Each who reviewed it said he has wondered about this before.
Paths to Drawing
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: This code is a possible solution if you don't use title blocks in your drawings. As another option, the try using title blocks with Rtext and Fields features. You can include them somewhere in the title block along with the current date, time and user, and the features update whenever you open or regenerate the drawing.
Keystroke Shortcuts in AutoCAD
• MM for mirror instead of MI
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Excellent! A Patroller remarks, "One of the main points here is the importance of customizing AutoCAD to fit your specific needs. If the computer is used by more than one operator, consider setting up profiles in the Options dialog box to keep customizations separate." With an eye on health, our other Patroller reminds users to be sure to look away from the computer now and again to give your peepers a well-needed rest.
Hotkeys in SolidWorks
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: "Perhaps the veteran user would be more receptive to keyboard shortcuts than toolbar icons," suggests a Patroller who reviewed this tip. It's true that pressing a key is faster than searching for and clicking on an icon, but "users are going to work the way they want to, regardless of the interface. Choose the commands you most often use and then customize and combine them as you see fit. Also, speed isn't everything -- accuracy must also be considered. Over time, efficiency will increase and time spent drafting will decrease."
MicroStation Tip: AccuSnaps
Follow-Up: Send a Drawing in MS Word
And a correction: An editing error introduced a mistake in the DWG copying procedure outlined in Danny Comsa's original article, "Send a Drawing in MS Word": You must use Ctrl+C, not Copy. The article has been corrected.
Barbara Piper wrote that Chspace works for her as originally described -- at least in Map 3D 2006. "Unless I am missing something, this command does indeed work both from model space to paper space and from paper space to model space in Map 3D 2006."
Follow-Up: Write Sequential Numbers
More Follow-Up: Chspace
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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Opportunities & Honors
Winners of Leadership Award and Joe Greco Community Award Announced
Books & Training
AutoCAD Training for Architects and Interior Designers
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: Eurocom D900C PHANTOM Mobile Workstation
General Software: FARO Scene v4.1
MCAD: RSoft Component Design Suite
MCAD: Alibre Design v9.2
MCAD: Scribe-iT DCC 3D
MCAD: Power SolidWorksToMax
CAE: MD Adams
CAE: FLOW-3D v9.3
CAM: Geomagic Piano
Mark Your Calendar
Webcast: What's New with Acrobat 8 Professional
Webcast: Combining Multiplatform Documents
Webcast: More on Creating PDFs from CAD
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Webcast: Creating Shared Reviews
Webcast: Autodesk Civil 3D -- Pipes
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