Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12 No. 21)11 Jun, 2007
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NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The Patrol agrees. This tip is handy when you first open the file, but it is limited to showing you the text style that was set when the drawing was opened. Keep in mind that if you change styles while working in the drawing, the indicator doesn't change until you reload the file.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The Patrol agrees that it's always a good idea to know keyboard shortcuts. With the advent of the CUI, they're even more easily edited. Be certain that the printed version of the PGP file reflects the actual PGP file on your machine.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The Patrol gives a thumbs-up for this tip for times when you find yourself in a tight situation. Take care to ensure that the text is still readable and be careful if you copy that block to use elsewhere in the file. The modified attribute will still be shortened even if you change the data in the field.
MicroStation Tip: Fence and Load Plot Dialog
.....FIT ALL; SELVIEW1;PLA FENCE ALL; SELVIEW1;PLPT E F;PLOT
Add it to a Function key so that it loads with just one keystroke. It works best if you only have a drawing sheet or border in the design plane, but it will work on any snappable element in the design plane.
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