This Week's Software Tips
Manage Layers with Macros
Perry Medina gives us a trick on managing layers with macros. Perry often uses large raster images in his drawing, which can slow things down when zooming and panning around a drawing. To speed things up, he turns them off and on as needed with a simple custom toolbar click or keyboard command. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Notepad to Strip Away Text Formatting
Perry Medina sends a second tip that addresses the fact that text you cut and paste into AutoCAD does not always assume the font you expect. "To help eliminate any surprises, first paste the copied text into Notepad, then copy the text from the Notepad file into AutoCAD. This will usually strip the text of any formatting from the original source." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Calculate in a Command
Brian Gustafson sends a method for performing arithmetic calculations within an AutoCAD command for numeric values. "This tip is to offset an object and calculate a distance that it is offset." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Gerardo Martinez gives his method for slicing. "Just setting two points is enough for slicing -- at any view, even a perspective one." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Selecting Objects with a Filter
Julia Noble sends us a tip on selecting objects with the Qselect filter. "I was learning a new ribbon menu in AutoCAD 2009 and found out that this program has a very powerful QSelect command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Adjust Mtext Width
Jason Youngblood writes, "When I would type text for leaders, I never knew how wide to make the Mtext. I would just leave it at <0> and then start typing my text. I would type a few words, Return, type a few more words, Return, type a few more words, Return, and so on." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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