Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 17)7 May, 2007
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This Week's Software Tips
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NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrollers tested this code in AutoCAD 2006 and 2007 and agree that it works as described. They offer a few programming suggestions:
Here are other options for cleaning up drawings, courtesy of the Tip Patrol:
"It does have one drawback," he admits, "When I go to try a new program at a seminar, I can't even use the standard keyboard."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: One of our Patrollers has seen add-ons like this before and finds that they can be very helpful. Another Patroller agrees that it's easy to become reliant on your customizations. He adds, "This is not a tip I would adopt unless I created a TXT or DOC file to remind me of the changes made, and how to undo the changes in the future or how to make the changes to another computer."
"If you place this code on each user's machine and place the log file on the network, you can get more useful information. 'Who opened this drawing last?' becomes a simple question to answer. Open the log file, search for the last time the drawing name was logged and you have it!"
Here's a sample log entry:
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrollers agree that this works as advertised. If you only want to know who saved it last, it's easier to use Windows Explorer's View / Choose Details / Owner / OK. Another thing to keep in mind is that this spreadsheet file could become large with multiple users opening multiple files daily. If the file is saved on a network folder, that folder must have a drive letter or else it doesn't work. Keep in mind that the data saved is a record of people who opened the file. It does not state whether any changes were made.
Zooming In and Out
Copy a Layout
Follow-Up: Keystroke Shortcuts in AutoCAD
MicroStation Tip: Working with V7 files in V8
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: Brian Benton, Don Boyer, Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, Don Reichle, Kevin Sawyer, Ivanhoe Tejeda and Billy Wooten.
Deals & Freebies
3Dconnexion Updated Software Available to Download
Opportunities & Honors
FIATECH's Technology Awards Presented
L.A. CAD Wins Fifth Consecutive Autodesk Award
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: zp140 Composite Powder
General Software: Content and Document Management
Visualization: form.Z RenderZone Plus v6.5
MCAD: DELMIA Body-in-White v5.17
MCAD: SEE Electrical Harness PLM for CATIA
MCAD: FDM 200mc
MCAD: MicroScribe X
MCAD: CADSEEK Polaris
CAE: Landing Gear
CAM: CAM350 v9.5
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Basic NX4-Modeling, Drafting and Assemblies
Advanced NX4 Training Class
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