Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 13, No. 34)15 Sep, 2008
This Week's Software Tips
Add Symbols to Dimensions
"Don't forget to type <> to keep the relative dimension."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Good tip, Koby! While in the Mtext Editor, you can also right-click and choose Symbols. A list of these ANSI codes will appear. This tip works as far back as AutoCAD 2002, which is not as robust, but will provide access to the Windows Character Map by selecting Character / Symbol / Other.
Rotate View in Paper Space
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: This is a great tip! Just make sure the viewport selected for rotation is unlocked. If the drawing has multiple viewports, select the one being rotated before executing the command. The Tip Patrol offers ROTATE_VIEW_MODIFIED.LSP, a modified version of this routine that automatically unlocks all locked viewports.
Note: Follow-up tips have not been tested by the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.
"AutoCAD legend" Jack Foster wrote, "I created two small LISP programs similar to the latest revcloud tip, only these offer instant gratification. Instead of Pline, the Rectang command could be used for quick square boxes. I prefer to use different layers for different-weight lines to control line thickness. The key to this is using the CMDACTIVE so you can pick all you need to before closing. If you just press Enter before you are done, that terminates the Pline command and you still get the revcloud."
(defun C:revcloudnormal ()
MicroStation Tip: Change View ToolBox Location
Axiom offers many MicroStation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
Follow-Up MicroStation Tip: Preferences in a Pop-up Menu
"Another tip: Holding down the Shift key and pressing the Data key will display a very dynamic pan tool!"
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Downloadable Architectural Symbols
Offshore Outsourcing Management
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The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: TESAVISIO 200 Vision
Hardware: Quantum, Platinum, and Fusion FaroArm
General Software: RxAutoImage v9
General Software: RxSpotlight v9
AEC: Revit Global Light Utility for Max
AEC: Document Locator v5.2
CAD: Bricscad v9
MCAD: CAMWorks 2009
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Managing and Using Materials Information for Eco-design and REACH
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