This Week's Software Tips
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Congratulations December Drawing Winner!
Josh Jones won the December drawing for a $100 gift card. Submit your tip (see guidelines below) for your favorite CAD software. If we publish your tip, we'll send you a Cadalyst T-shirt, and each month Cadalyst editors will randomly select one published tip and send a $100 gift card to its author.
Insert or Bind: Choose Wisely
Frank Kellogg wrote to share several differences between inserting and binding files in AutoCAD. First, in dealing with the Insert vs. Bind functions, if you just want to view the xref, do not perform either. Insert and Bind both destroy the link to the original file.
View the full tip.
Xref Path: Absolute vs. Relative
Steve Rodgers wanted to remind everyone about the differences between using absolute and relative paths in an xref. You can choose from three types of folder path information to save with an attached external reference: an absolute path, a relative path, and no path. View the full tip.
Frequent tip contributor Leonid Nemirovsky, sent us this useful little tip for moving, copying, and pasting while working in AutoCAD. View the full tip.
Tool Tips in the Sheet Set Manager
Paul Munford was frustrated with the new advanced tool tips feature in AutoCAD 2009, especially when using sheet sets. "I found the massive new rollover tool tip for the sheet set manager in 2009 to be really annoying and unhelpful. I couldn't find any information in the help files, other than how to turn rollover tool tips off globally. View the full tip.
Hiding Xref Layers
Andria Lynch sent us a quick way to hide all the xrefed layers when using the pulldown menu on the Layer Properties toolbar. Open the Layer Manager and select the automatically generated x-ref filter so only your xrefed layers are displayed in the manager, then right-click in the layer list and click on invert layer filter. View the full tip.
Writing Scripts With Excel
This tip, from Josh Jones' Lazy Drafter blog, works in AutoCAD 2008 and newer: "A while back, I received some survey data in the form of a comma-delimited text file containing rows of Northings, Eastings, and elevations. I needed to take that information and place blocks at every location in my drawing. At the time I only had plain AutoCAD (I wasn't using Civil 3D yet). Being lazy, I wasn't about to sit there and type the coordinates by hand. So I wrote a script! Read how I did it."
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please, and watch later editions of this newsletter for updates and corrections. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum.
Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, Kevin Sawyer, and Billy Wooten.
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