This Week's Software Tips
Call for Tips: Xrefs and Sheet Sets
It's summertime and you tipsters are taking a break -- and the Cadalyst Tip Patrol is getting low on tips! We want your favorite tips related to xrefs, sheet sets, or any other favorite AutoCAD topic. If we publish your tip, you'll receive a Cadalyst t-shirt, and you'll be entered in a random monthly drawing for $100. Submit your tip soon to increase your chance of winning!
Customize Your Keys
Leonid Nemirovsky (visit his Better Than Nothing AutoLISP web site) sends us a tip on customizing your keyboard to better run AutoCAD. "Here is a tip for expanding the capabilities of a regular keyboard," he says. "If you do not use (or can give up) the numbers from your keyboard's number keypad, you can assign hot key commands (and/or LISP routines or macros) and Shift key functions directly to the numeric keypad." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Send CTB File to Simplify Plotting
Tipster James Bainbridge sends us a tip he uses to ensure others can plot his files correctly. "When exchanging CAD files with other firms for coordination and data exchange, I find it a useful and time-saving idea to include our CTB file along with the drawings," he says. "That way they can just drop the CTB file into their search path location and our files are instantly added to the publish list for plotting." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Convert DWG to PDF
Milton R. Fitzgerald, Jr. sends instructions for converting an AutoCAD DWG file into a PDF file. "In the past this was a problem if you didn’t have a third-party application. Since AutoCAD 2008, the process has been much easier. All you really need to do is to plot your drawings, just like you are going to a printer, except use the correct driver." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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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. 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 for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.
Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, and Billy Wooten.
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