Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 13, No. 4)28 Jan, 2008
This Week's Software Tips
Paying Homage to the Cadalyst T-shirt
Copy Multiple Objects
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Be careful, because in our tests, the copied items were all superimposed one on top of the other. Otherwise, it works as intended. A little tweaking could improve this tip by having the last entered number of entities become the default if you plan to use the same number of entities again in a single session. If you enter too many, use the Overkill command in Express Tools to delete the extras.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Good tip. Appload has been around for a while. It might be the easiest way to automatically load routines
Round Off a Number
Here are some examples of the results:
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: This tip is a good subroutine for use within another main routine. Perhaps readers can find uses for it when writing their own AutoLISP routines. Let us know!
Follow-Up: Offset Object to Current Layer
We agree whole-heartedly with Sal's recommendation. Tip Patrol volunteer Kevin Sawyer, who wrote the LISP routine, provides some clarification: "Yes, the offset to current layer option is available in AutoCAD 2008. It was also available in AutoCAD 2007. My routine was written back in 2004 when AutoCAD contained nothing like the flexibility it has today. I have since 'trimmed' the routine to allow for the in-built abilities of the standard AutoCAD command and still use it today for the following reason.
"A majority of my Offset commands in AutoCAD will be to the same layer as the source. If I use the settings in the standard Offset command to change the layer of the new entity to the current layer, that setting will remain as the default for subsequent offsets. This is also true for the other subsettings, such as deleting the original entity after the offset. I also have a routine for this!
"As you can see in the OFSETCUR.LSP code, the routine simply runs the Offset command with the 'current' setting before changing back to the default 'source' setting, thereby leaving the command defaulting to the 'old favorite' setup we've been used to for years. Like a lot of routines, OFSETCUR.LSP merely takes a standard command, uses it, then sets things back to normal. If you prefer to do that work manually, using the standard Offset command is the way to go."
MicroStation Tip: Unwanted Data Points
Axiom offers many Microstation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
VectorWorks Tip: Stretching Multiple Objects
You have successfully stretched this object without having to resize the whole object or individual pieces separately.
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