Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 28)6 Aug, 2007
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This Week's Software Tips
Send in Those Tips!
"ILC.LSP is very useful if you have everything set at Bylayer. I modified a simple Isolate Layer routine and added something -- it changes the color of a layer with a few quick keystrokes instead of having to run the Layer command, find the layer, change the color, and finally choose the OK button. You also get to see what's on the layer. It does set the layer to "0" and turns all the layers on after that.
"AO.LSP is a quick two-keystroke command which turns all the layers on -- very helpful when you need to have all the layers on quickly.
"L0.LSP was written in 2000 and stands for 'set layer to 0' -- just another quick keystroke command to set the layer to 0."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrol offers a few thoughts on each LISP routine.
Note that ILC.LSP turns on all layers when it's done, not just the layers it turned off. There is no error checking, so if you enter something other than an integer between one and 255 when it asks for a new color, the routine will crash. In addition, it doesn't support TrueColor and it might fail on non-English versions of AutoCAD.
AO.LSP and L0.LSP work as promised. An alternative to AO.LSP is to add a shortcut to your ACAD.PGP file to use AO to turn on all layers because this is a built-in AutoCAD command (_LAYON).
Follow-up: Keep Files Clean
Another reader, Michael Cipolla, shares the LISP routine that he wrote for his CAD users to use to clean up drawings:
Some readers were confused about the terminology and the order of the steps in the original Keep Files Clean tip. Here's some clarification provided by our Tip Patrol:
MicroStation Tip: Redundant Design Key-in
Answer: That dialog box is now gone and the buttons it contained are now part of Design Settings, the Reference dialog box, the Cell maintenance dialog box, and others.
You can create a simple VBA macro that opens a form and performs the same end result that is better than the original because you can include other options, as you desire.
Axiom offers many MicroStation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
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The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: renderBOXX Render Farm Series
Hardware: NextBook 17E Notebook
Hardware: FDM 400mc
Hardware: D900C PHANTOM-X
General Software: RxAutoImage v8.2
AEC: Precast 2007 SP2
AEC: RAM Structural System v11.2
AEC: CINEMA 4D v10 Architecture Edition
GIS: ScanStation 2
MCAD: Seemage v4.2.1
MCAD: Power ProEtoMax
MCAD: ShipConstructor 2008
CAE: SimOffice v2
CAE: FloWizard v3
CAM: Insight v6
CAM: Mastercam X2 Mill
Training: NX 5 Advanced Manufacturing Course
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