This Week's Software Tips
Hot Tip Harry: Live on the Web
Hot Tip Harry’s latest AutoCAD customization tips are now posted online at Cadalyst’s CAD Tips site. Harry’s posting tips all the time now, and you can find the latest ones by checking the Recently Posted list, along with the latest tips from Tips & Tools Weekly. You can also find out about the latest tips from Harry himself (aka Cadalyst's Bill Kramer) by hanging out on Harry’s Tip Jar Discussion Forum. Look for the posts labeled "Hot Tips!" for regular updates. Among Harry's latest additions are the following Top Tip winners: Grab-Bar Detailer by Jay Thomas and Dynamic Grid Drawing by Ron Perez. Congratulations to both! Brand new, Cadalyst and Hot Tip Harry also introduce his new Programming Concepts Discussion Forum. Keep tabs and chime in to exchange AutoCAD programming expertise and advice.
Congratulations January Drawing Winner!
Andria Lynch won the January drawing for a $100 gift card. Andria's tip, Hiding Xref Layers, was published in the January 5 Tips & Tools Weekly. 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.
Allan Erickson sent us several macros that he uses when working with xref layers and one he uses to find lost objects that were just created. "Unloading the xrefs or freezing the layers they are on constantly ate up a lot of time, so I created an AutoLISP shortcut to toggle them off and on." View the complete tip
Minimize Clicks by Applying Osnaps
Brian Marsh sent this tip, which saves us picks and clicks drawing a line with osnaps. "Most users, when faced with the need to draw a line on the centerline between two circles that are at a nonperpendicular, will draw a line from centre to centre and then trim it to the edges of a circle. A quick and easy way is to draw a line using the perpendicular command." View the complete tip
Working With Blocks
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky provided two short tips for working with blocks. The tips tell us how to copy entities nested inside regular blocks and how to quickly edit an attribute in place without using the dialog box. View the complete tip.
Edward E. Boesenberg III sent a tip that saves time with a temporary application of the Ortho command. "One day I was using AutoCAD 2008, and while I was holding down the shift key I noticed a little icon next to my cursor. It turns out that while you are holding down the shift key, AutoCAD goes into a temporary ortho mode." View the complete tip
Viewport Visual Styles and Performance
Craig Montgomery uses AutoCAD Mechanical and sent us a performance tip for modeling. "Depending on the size and complexity of the 3D drawing and your computer's performance, the visual style of each of the viewports can be set to wireframe." View the complete tip
Submit Your Tip 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. Please remember:
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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. To share feedback about one of today's tips, locate the tip using the link provided, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst's CAD Tips site. 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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