This Week's Software Tips
Set Insertion Scale Units
Carole Hibbard works in the GIS field and does a lot of mapping in CAD. She sent us this tip on inserting xrefs: "Back around the 2004 release of AutoCAD Land Desktop, I had a problem when I inserted another drawing as an xref. The xref should overlay the current map. Instead, it was sent out to 'La la Land' and the maps would be miles apart on the screen. I spoke to others who had the same problem but couldn't find a fix. After much research, I found the system variables were to blame." View the full tip.
Shawn Evjen designed a routine that converts dimensions from feet/inches to just inches. "ShortArchDims (SAD) is a routine I wrote last night to 'skinny up' architectural dimensions from the 2'-0" format to 24". Type in ShortArchDims or SAD, set your tolerance, and select dimensions. Anything smaller than the tolerance will be modified; anything larger will be ignored. Manually modified dimension strings will also be ignored." View the full tip.
Match Text Content
Eli Kay thought of this LISP routine, similar to the AutoCAD command Match Properties, to "match" text in a drawing. "The Match Text routine will ask the user for a primary text object (dtext or mtext) and match the contents to newly selected object(s) (dtext or mtext). I use a modified error trap (also attached) to help with error control." View the full tip.
Zoom to VMAX
Allen Jessup sent us a tip on using the Zoom command. "This is a nice function of the Zoom command that hasn't been documented since the R12 manual. After initiating the Zoom command at the command line, enter V for Vmax. This will cause AutoCAD to zoom out to the maximum area possible without a regeneration." View the full tip.
Fully Purge Those Files
Jonathan Jonas noticed that when you do a Purge All at the command line, it does not really do a purge all. What does not get purged are the Registered Applications embedded within a DWG file. "For years now I used a simple routine to do Purge All for all my drawings, but now that I know it doesn't work. I've adjusted the code to force AutoCAD to truly purge everything with the following changes to the code." View the full tip.
Microstation Tip: Change Case
MicroStation v8i has added a Change Case selection to the right-click menu in the Text Editor -- Word Processor dialog. Simply right click in the text area of the dialog to display the menu, then select Change Case and the desired case setting. Download the PDF. This tip courtesy of the Envision Group.
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