Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 6)12 Feb, 2007
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This Week's Software Tips
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Access Drafting Standards in AutoCAD
NOTES FROM CADALYST IP PATROL: This is a useful tip, in particular for individual users or very small offices. One Patroller explains: "Be sure to find out first how standardized your environment is and how many client or project standards must be implemented. I've worked in firms with one, two or three standards -- and in firms with more than 50 client-based standards. The downside to using this tip in a larger firm is the necessity of updating (and maintaining as current) the CUIs for 20 or 30 workstations with a changing and expanding client list (and thereby expanding standards list). I suspect that while this is a good workable tip [for stand-alone computers], realistically most standards will continue to be distributed via hard copy as needed."
System Variables Report
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patroller agrees that this tip is helpful. He challenges Lloyd or another tipster to delve even further and program SysVar to take the TAB file and create a fix so the system variables are changed as needed. With this upgrade, the routine would be invaluable.
Wrong Label in Land Desktop
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patroller approves this tip and adds a bit more advice. "I've used Land Desktop since 2002 and discovered that by right-clicking in the Command line window of Land Desktop 2000i, I get access to the last five commands I used. LDD is often seen in those last five commands. Those who use this procedure learn that LDD stands for the last command you used in Land Desktop."
Delete Hidden Layers
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: One of our Patrollers reminds readers that your best line of defense against this problem is to "streamline the workflow with your subcontractors. They are working for you and should respond positively. Inform them of your company's CAD standards and have them adopt them." Some subcontractors won't cooperate. When that's the case and if your company decides to continue hiring them, then keep this in mind when working with Jameel's suggestion: "Zoom Vmax won't include frozen entities. If this layer is included in an uninserted block, it won't purge. When AutoCAD refuses to purge a layer it's because that layer is included somewhere by a block (which could be uninserted), in an xref (which could be unloaded), on a locked layer or somewhere else."
Patroller No. 2 adds, "I've also used Filter quite often for this very purpose -- hunting down and eliminating those pesky 'empty' Text entities, normally found in DWG files that arrive from outside the firm. This a great tool, and thanks to Jameel for bringing it Cadalyst readers' attention the world over."
Follow-Up: Continue Arcs
Follow-Up: Auto-Numbering with Mtext
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Follow-Up: Spell Check
Follow-Up: Wblock vs. Purge Essay
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MicroStation Tip: Use / to Divide Values
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.
Deals & Freebies
Zuken Releases Latest Free Version of CADSTAR Express
Special Offer on rapidform Bundled with 3D Scanner
Opportunities & Honors
Spatial Selects Winners of 3D InterOp Model Contest
Books & Training
ArchonCAD Releases VectorWorks Manual
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: Dimension Elite 3D Printer
General Software: RxView v8.1 and RxHighlight v8.1
Design Visualization: HyperShot
Design Visualization: OptisWorks 2007
AEC: AutoPIPE XM Edition
MCAD: rapidformXOR software and VIVID 910 3D digitizer
MCAD: ToolWorks BOM Manager v7
MCAD: COMSOL Multiphysics v3.3a
MCAD: Teamcenter Content Management
CAE: SimulationX v2 Multi-Body Mechanics Library
Training: VectorWorks Spotlight Training Workbook
Mark Your Calendar
Cadalyst's complete list of upcoming industry events is always available on our Web site.
Webcast: Autodesk Map 3D 2007 for Environmental Consulting Firms
Webcast: Introduction to NVIDIA Visual Computing Solutions
NAFEMS World Congress 2007
PLM Road Map 2007