Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 12)2 Apr, 2007
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Cadalyst Daily Update
This Week's Software Tips
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NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrol points out, "This routine requires that you select the text entities in the order that you want them renumbered. Also, the local variables must be declared. I've updated the first line with the code below."
(DEFUN C:NUM ( / ENT INDEX MAG NST OST SEL SLEN SNUM)
To change back to the text's standard format from italic, enter 0 (zero) for the degree of angle.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The Patrol finds that this routine works as described, but suggests a few changes and offers a revised version of the program with these updates, if readers are interested:
Break Number List
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The Patrol agrees that this is a "good tip and works well. We tested it with AutoCAD 2006, 2007 and 2008 beta."
Battman to the Rescue
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: "Good information," says the Patrol.
Follow-Up: Inspect and Chspace
Additionally, we checked with Scott Volz about the Inspect command he mentioned in the March 12 edition, and confirmed that that there should not be a – (minus sign) before the variable number.
Command line type: Autosnap
Follow-Up: Access Drafting Standards in AutoCAD
Robert Green agrees: This is a useful tip, but the concerns that the Patrol mentioned about a big company are valid. One way to approach the task that will always work (whether using Enterprise CUI or local CUI) is to point to an HTML page of linked documents using the AutoCAD Browser command.
^C^C(command "browser" "p:/cad standards/standards.htm");
The STANDARDS.HTM file may be authored in an HTML editor or just saved from Microsoft Word in HTML format. The file itself can then contain any number of links to other standards. And, since this one standard file resides in a network location, you'll never have to touch the user's CUI file again.
MicroStation Tip -- Dimensions Settings Dialog Box Key-In
Answer: Try the key-in dialog Dimplace Open. For V8, you can use "mdl load dimstyle; dialog dimstyle".
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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Opportunities & Honors
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The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: GTCO Calcomp ScanPlus 6 LF652
Hardware: Quatra EIS
General Software: Adobe Creative Suite v3
AEC: Draft IT Architectural
MCAD: Collaboration Gateway v6
MCAD: D-Cubed 2D DCM v51
MCAD: Template Manager for KOMPAS-3D
MCAD: E3.series 2007
CAE: ALGOR v20
CAE: ANSYS v11
CAM: Mastercam X2 MR1
Training: modo 203
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