This Week's Software Tips
Extract a List of Layers
Dawn Pearl sends this tip showing how to extract a list of layers from an AutoCAD file. "I was able to produce a quick, printable list of layer names and properties from an AutoCAD drawing by copy-clipping them from the Layer dialog box into a Microsoft Excel worksheet." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Find the Area of a Shape With a Hatch
Lynn McCann shares a tip for finding areas of oddly shaped lots and properties. "Instead of creating a temporary polyline along all the boundary edges (especially a pain if it includes arcs) and using the Area command, I hatch the area and list the properties." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Easy Attribute Edit
Richard Wenner offers this great tip showing how to easily edit attributed text.
"Many of us have blocks that we give many attributes with extensive information. An example is a title block I use that has 32 attributes. Most times I do a global edit, but to change a single attribute quickly in this block is a little time consuming till you scroll thru the dialog box to get to your attribute." Here’s a faster way. View the complete tip and post your feedback..
And More Tips!
Through the weeks, Cadalyst receives a number of tips that we don’t publish -- perhaps they don’t pass Tip Patrol inspection or they duplicate previous tips. In other cases, tips are valid but are really just reminders about an existing function in AutoCAD or they offer just a few tidbits of useful information, so they don’t warrant being published as a full tip. We’d like to pass along the reminders and tidbits, as well as other helpful comments and updates from the Tip Patrol. Because of their nature, they’ll appear occasionally in Tips & Tools Weekly but won’t be published on the CAD Tips site -- a little bonus for all you dedicated newsletter readers .
Here's a trio of tiny tips for this week.
Find command. Use this AutoCAD command to search a file for specific text. It will zoom to the text you are searching for. (AutoCAD 2009 lost this ability, but it is back in 2010).
LAYERNOTIFY variable. Set this variable to 0 (turn it off) so AutoCAD won’t ask to verify new layers added to a drawing or xref.
Polar tracking. Press F10 to toggle this on/off. It provides a “soft” ortho at incremental angles that you can define.
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