This Week's Software Tips
Paste in Xref Files
Sonny Borsody-Nagy sent us a tip on how he quickly inserts xref files into a new drawing. He creates a master drawing where he develops his xrefs and uses the xrefs from this master drawing to create his assembly and subassembly drawings. It's easier to copy all this information into the new drawing rather than inserting individual xrefs. View the complete tip.
Harry Katchadoorian's tip provides alternate settings for the way AutoCAD processes spatial data. "I have been using AutoCAD since v14 to create GIS maps for the city of Fontana. I have found a very useful, but simple, command that allows us to take a layered drawing and reorder the layers using the Draw Order icons." View the complete tip.
Use Multiple Command and Open AutoCAD with DST File
Leonid Nemirovsky sent us a tip showing how to use a command over and over again. "If you need to repeat a command many times, at the command prompt, type Multiple, then specify, for example, Fillet. Then supply input as usual for the Fillet command and select as many lines that you need to Fillet." View the complete tip. Len also sent us a trick for opening AutoCAD. "If you have a sheet set created for a project, you can find that file using Windows Explorer. Double-click on it to start up AutoCAD and activate the selected sheet set." View the complete tip.
Find Area of Nonclosing Objects
Danny McClung says the easiest way to find the area of an arc is to draw a line from endpoint to endpoint, join the line to the arc with the pedit command, and list the arc for the area. Just remember to undo back to remove the line. View the complete tip.
Scroll Wheel and Optimized Align
Here are two tips contributed by Alex Borodulin. Scroll wheel in AutoCAD and Internet shows how to make text more readable. Optimized Align is AutoLISP coding that provides faster performance of the AutoCAD align command. Check out these and other tips at Alex's Nyacad web site.
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