Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 13, No. 5)4 Feb, 2008
This Week's Software Tips
Print Multiple Drawings
"Using the Publish command, I can print multiple drawings (without having to open all of the files) either to my printer/plotter or to one DWF file. That comes in handy for sending multiple files. You may have to tweak the templates you create to get the desired effect you need. I love this command. Whatever saves me even 10 seconds adds up in the long run. In this business time equals money, as we all know."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Good tip. The Publish command is very powerful and can be used in multiple ways. For example, with background publishing enabled, plotting can take 10 times as long to complete. It's more efficient to turn background plotting off and open another session of AutoCAD if you need to continue working. Be aware that some AutoCAD 2008 versions will crash during Publish when Publishcollate is set to 1.
File-Sharing Best Practices
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The key to developing Best Practices is to define your deliverables up front. Often two companies agree to work on a project without even discussing the fact that they are using different software versions. Although the above list won't apply to everyone, creating your own Best Practices list is a good starting point for collaborative projects.
Easy Access to Linetype Files
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: You can also do this without making the shortcut on the desktop. Just right-click on the LIN file and choose copy. Then when you paste (in the last step), right-click and choose the Paste shortcut.
Note: These follow-up tips have not been tested by the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.
Follow-Up: Automated Appload
"This line of code has to be located within a menu file like the ACAD.MNL file or a custom menu MNL file that loads with AutoCAD, and the file you want to load needs to be located in one of your search paths. In my example, BlockQuantity is the LSP file name and the BlkQnt is a function within the file (typing BlkQnt will load/invoke the routine). The power and flexibility of this code is that there could be multiple functions defined within the LSP file, and you could load and invoke any of them by adding them to the list like so:
Another advantage to using this approach is that if the referenced LSP file gets moved and is no longer located in your search paths, when you type in the command to invoke the routine, it will let you know that the file can't be found. You can also use this to load VLX and FAS files as long as you include the extensions in the file name."
MicroStation Tip: Turn Off Reference File Display
What happens when you need to print out a copy of this master design file to give to the electrician responsible for the wiring? You don't want to give the electrician a printout that includes every discipline's details. Here is the solution.
Today's MicroStation tip courtesy of Axiom and MicroStationTips.com.
VectorWorks Tip: Printing Drawings in Black and White
To revert back to the color version of your document, simply deselect the Black and White Only option in the Document Preferences.
You can also keep your design layer at full color and have a viewport display and print in black and white. Additionally, some users may want to create two viewports of the same design layer and have one viewport in color and the other in black and white, for presentation purposes. VectorWorks 2008 provides an option for this effect as well. To change a viewport to black and white:
Your resulting print will be black and white. To return the viewport to full color, deselect the Black and White Only option through the Advanced Properties in the Object Info palette.
Today’s VectorWorks tip courtesy of Nemetschek.
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