Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 13, No. 20)2 Jun, 2008
This Week's Software Tips
Move Objects Using Grips
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Editing with grips is a real time saver. If an object has only one grip, you don't have to press the space bar. If you want to edit more than one grip on an object but don't want to edit them all (or move the object), just press and hold the Shift key and select the grips you want to edit. AutoCAD maintains the respective ratios between the selected grips. This also works for multiple objects. If you want to keep the end points of two lines relative to each other, use this method. Grips are our friends.
Custom Spell Check Shortcut
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: This is a good use of the CUI to get the functionality you need. When using Spell Checker, if you select the objects first and then activate the spell checker, it defaults to Selected Objects. No need to customize anything if you don't want to and no need to change any settings. In AutoCAD 2009, mtext now has an automatic spell checker. It works like a word processor, so if a word is misspelled, it will have a squiggle under it.
Note: The first two follow-up tips have not been tested by the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.
Follow-Up: Revision Numbering in Sheet Set Manager
Follow-Up: Copy with Coordinates
Enter , (comma) to invoke the command:
(defun C:,(/ gp) (setq gp (ssget))(command "copybase" "0,0" gp ""))
Alex also sent this Visual Basic procedure for multiple pastes after a standard copy. The only difference is that the Escape button must be used to cancel/discontinue the command. From the AutoCAD pull-down menu, select Tools / Macro / VBA Manager. Then choose New, highlight ACADProject, and press the Visual Basic Editor button. Double-click on This Drawing in the upper left corner of the new dialog box. Copy and paste the VBA code in the new information box on the left. Select File / Save and the Save As dialog box will appear. Choose the default with the DVB extension. Exit the VBA Manager and save the AutoLISP code to a new file (MP.LSP). Load this new file in all AutoCAD drawings. Select some entities and copy them to the clipboard (Ctrl+C). Choose a basepoint if so desired. Execute the AutoLISP routine. The objects can be pasted multiple times in all drawings that this procedure is loaded in. Press Escape to exit.
Public Sub MP()
To start the command, use AutoLISP:
(defun C:MP()(VL-VBARUN "MP"));MULTIPLE PASTECLIP
The Copy with Coordinates tip garnered a question from Charles A. Graham, who wrote to ask, "Is that the same as right-click Clipboard / Copy, then in the new location, right-click / Paste to Original Coordinates?"
COMMENTS FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: That depends on your current AutoCAD setup. Specifically:
^C^C_pasteorig = Paste to Original Coordinates
Dustin L. Cotter, Alan Pooley, and Randy Lam all wrote to say they use Ctrl+Shift+C to allow a selection set to be copied with any relative basepoint either selected or typed in, then Ctrl+V to paste or Ctrl+Shift+V or paste as a block.
COMMENTS FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Actually, there is little difference; it is just a matter of choice. Setting it up in an AutoLISP routine will help beginners understand simple customizing, which will lead to more complex programming. Some of these tips may seem to be a bit extensive and overdone for such a simple set of commands. (Remember the movie Contact? Ockham's Razor: "The simplest explanation is usually the best.") To others, they can be a quick lesson in basic AutoCAD programming, which they can expand upon.
The tips are also a review of basic commands. Some use them frequently; others, seldom. We all could use a reminder that some of the most useful time-savers are the simple, basic inputs.
All tests were done by Tip Patrol member Billy Wooten and Mitchell Hirschklau using AutoCAD 2006/2007/2008. Many thanks to the readers for their responses.
MicroStation Tip: Useful Keyboard Shortcuts
Today's MicroStation tip courtesy of The Envision Group.
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